Statoil’s CEO Helge Lund resigns after 10 years in position

Statoil President and CEO Helge Lund has informed Statoil’s board of directors that he will resign. Helge Lund has chosen to leave Statoil to take up the position as CEO of another international oil and gas company.

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The board of directors has appointed Eldar Sætre as acting president and CEO of Statoil with immediate effect.

“I would like to thank Helge Lund for his great efforts during his ten years tenure at Statoil. Under his leadership Statoil has become a stronger company. We have seen improved safety performance, significant international growth and a strong development on the Norwegian continental shelf. Exploration results and shareholder return have both been among the best in the industry  and the company’s integrity and values are strengthened,” says Svein Rennemo, chairman of the board.

Helge Lund assumed the role as President and CEO of Statoil on 16 August 2004.

“It has been a privilege to lead Statoil during ten very exciting years. This is a company with highly experienced and competent employees. I would like to thank everyone for our collaboration and their strong efforts for Statoil. Together we have created values for Statoil’s shareholders and the society, and strengthened our resource base at the Norwegian continental shelf and internationally,” says outgoing CEO Helge Lund.

Helge Lund led the company through the merger with Norsk Hydro’s oil and gas division. During his tenure, Statoil has become a streamlined technology driven upstream company, through the sale of activities such as petrochemicals and retail. At the same time, Statoil has established positions in renewable energy, through investments in offshore wind.

Time for change

“I could have continued for a period, but there is a time for everything. Renewal is important, both for Statoil and for me. I came to the conclusion that the time was right for a change. I have both the motivation and energy to take on a new leadership challenge, and found this opportunity to be the right one,” says Helge Lund.

Helge Lund resigns with immediate effect. No severance will be paid beyond salary until the end of the notice period, 1 March 2015. In this period Helge Lund will be at the company’s disposal. The schemes for pension, bonus and long-term incentive will be concluded in accordance with applicable agreements and Statoil’s practice, the company has said.

Acting CEO

Statoil’s board of directors has appointed Eldar Sætre as acting president and CEO.

“I am very pleased that Eldar Sætre will lead the company until a permanent CEO is in place. Eldar Sætre has a strong track record as member of the corporate executive committee, and has been instrumental in the development and execution of Statoil’s strategy and improvement agenda. Eldar Sætre is the right leader to ensure continuity and execution rigour in this transition,” says Svein Rennemo.

Acting CEO Eldar Sætre has been a member of Statoil’s corporate executive committee since 2003. He served as executive vice president and CFO until 2010, then as executive vice president of the Marketing, Processing and Renewable energy business area.

“Safe and efficient operations is my top priority. We must also recognise that our industry is facing great challenges. We are in the midst of executing on a comprehensive improvement agenda to strengthen our competiveness. This is necessary for Statoil’s long term opportunities and value creation,” says Eldar Sætre, acting president and CEO of Statoil.

Statoil explains Eldar Sætre played a key role during Statoil’s IPO and the merger with Norsk Hydro’s oil and gas division.  He was responsible for the updated strategy for marketing of natural gas to the European market. He has also led the improvement work at Statoil’s onshore facilities.

As acting CEO, Eldar Sætre will receive an annual fixed pay of 5.7 million NOK. He is also entitled to participation in Statoil’s program for variable pay and long term incentives as described in the company’s declaration on executive remuneration.

Tor Martin Anfinnsen has been appointed as acting executive vice president for Marketing, Processing and Renewable Energy.

Statoil’s board of directors has established a sub-committee which has started  the search for Statoil’s next CEO, and will also engage an external adviser in the search. The members of the board sub-committee are chairman Svein Rennemo, board members Grace Reksten Skaugen, James Mulva and Lill Heidi Bakkerud (employee elected).


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