DNV GL names Liv Hovem as new oil & gas head

DNV GL has appointed Liv Hovem as the new CEO of its Oil & Gas business area, effective January 1, 2018.

Liv Hovem will take over as CEO of DNV GL’s Oil & Gas business area, reporting to group president and CEO Remi Eriksen.

The oil & gas business provides integrated technical assurance and advisory services to operators, suppliers and regulators across the oil and gas value chain, from project initiation to decommissioning.

She will be based at the DNV GL – Oil & Gas headquarters in Høvik, Norway and be a member of the DNV GL group’s executive committee. Liv Hovem succeeds Elisabeth Tørstad, who has been appointed CEO of DNV GL’s new Digital Solutions business area.

Commenting on her appointment, Hovem said she’ll lead the Oil & Gas business area in its next phase of development.

“The oil and gas industry has the opportunity to play an important role in a sustainable energy portfolio,” Hovem said.

DNV GL’s recently published Energy Transition Outlook shows that the world’s energy system is going through a transition. The oil and gas industry will continue to play an important role and will account for 44 percent of the total energy mix in 2050. Gas will become the largest single source of energy from 2034.

“Over the next thirty years it will change significantly in its composition as it decouples from carbon, population and economic growth. While our model forecasts that oil demand will flatten from 2020 onwards, the stage is set for gas to continue playing a key role alongside renewables in helping to meet future, lower carbon energy requirements,” says Hovem.

Hovem has been with DNV GL since 1988, most recently as regional manager for continental Europe, the Middle East and India in DNV GL’s Oil & Gas business. She has more than 25 years of experience in international management, technical advisory and engineering services, research and development in the oil & gas and maritime industries.