Eivind Reiten

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Eivind Kristofer Reiten
Born (1953-04-02)2 April 1953
Nationality Norwegian
Occupation Chairman of Norske Skog
Known for Member of the Centre Party of Norway, Former Minister of Fisheries and Minister of Petroleum and Energy

Eivind Kristofer Reiten (born 2 April 1953) is a Norwegian economist, corporate officer and politician for the Centre Party. He was a Minister of Fisheries and Minister of Petroleum and Energy during the 1980s, before entering a career in business. Reiten served as the Director General (CEO) of Norsk Hydro between 2001 and 2009, after which he took up the chairmanship of Norske Skog. Eivind Reiten was also Chairman of StatoilHydro for four days, until he resigned from his position after Norsk Hydro had been accused of corruption.

Political career[edit]

Reiten was born in Midsund as the son of Kristofer Reiten, a farmer and fisher, and housewife Kjellaug Opstad. He enrolled as a student in 1972, and graduated from the University of Oslo in 1978 with a degree in economics. He worked as a civil servant from 1979 to 1982, and as a secretary for the Centre Party from 1982 to 1983. He was then brought into the government as state secretary to the Minister of Finance from 1983 to 1985. He then became Minister of Fisheries from 1985 to 1986 as part of the Second cabinet Willoch, and Minister of Petroleum and Energy from 1989 to 1990 as part of Cabinet Syse.[1] In his last political position, he was responsible for the deregulation of the electricity market in Norway.[2] Having chaired the Centre Youth, the youth wing of the Centre Party, from 1979 to 1981, he served as a deputy representative to the Norwegian Parliament from 1985 to 1989.[1]

Business career[edit]

Reiten started working for Norsk Hydro in 1988, heading the energy division from that year, and becoming senior vice president of special projects in 1991. From 1992 he led the refining and marketing division, and from 1998 the aluminum division. He was appointed executive vice president for light metals in 1999. He succeeded Egil Myklebust as chief executive officer in 2001.[3] He was a member of the board of the Bank of Norway from 1991 to 1994 and Norske Skogindustrier from 1997 to 2000, and has chaired the board of Norway Post (1996–1999) and Telenor (2000–2001).[1] He has attended the Bilderberg meetings.[citation needed] He is a fellow of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences.[4]

Libya corruption case[edit]

As part of the merger between Statoil and the oil and gas division of Norsk Hydro, Reiten was appointed chair of the merged StatoilHydro that merged on 1 October 2007. Four days later Reiten withdrew from the seat.[2] The reason was that it was uncertain whether or not he knew about a corruption case Hydro had been accused of, where a Libyan consulting company and the consultant Abdurrazag Gammudi had been paid NOK 60 million, used to make bribes, after the Hydro take-over of Saga Petroleum in 1999. Stated Reiten, it was in no-one's interest that he retain a conflict of interest by retaining the seat of chair in the company that would investigate himself. The case had arisen on 26 September, after a Hydro employee had leaked information about the matter; it had not been identified as part of the due diligence performed by Statoil prior to the merger.[2][5] He was replaced by his deputy, Marit Arnstad, who is also a former Minister of Petroleum and Energy from the Centre Party.[2][6] The investigation from StatoilHydro concluded that Reiten was informed about this during 2000 and 2001, while the investigation in Norsk Hydro concluded that Reiten did not know about the corruption.[7] Since the Norsk Hydro investigation—that included checking 1.5 million documents—could not show that Reiten knew about the corruption, Hydro Chairman Terje Vareberg confirmed that Reiten would not be removed from his position. However, two executives of StatoilHydro were required to leave immediately.[8]

Leaving Norsk Hydro[edit]

In January 2009 Reiten announced that he was stepping down as Chief Executive of Norsk Hydro from 30 March 2009, with executive vice president Svein Richard Brandtzæg taking over.[9] Reiten has since been nominated to replace Kim Wahl as Chairman of Norske Skog at the company's annual general meeting in April 2009.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Reiten is married and has two children.[2] He resides in Oslo.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Eivind Reiten" (in Norwegian). Stortinget.no. . Retrieved on 6 December 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d e Sparre, Martin Riber; Bjørndal, Bente (5 October 2007). "- Det er veldig bittert". Dagens Næringsliv (in Norwegian). Retrieved 4 December 2008. 
  3. ^ Norsk Hydro (27 August 2007). "Eivind Reiten" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 4 December 2008. 
  4. ^ "Medlemmer: REITEN, Eivind Kristofer" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Bjerke, Espen (5 October 2007). "Alt om Libyasaken". Dagens Næringsliv (in Norwegian). Retrieved 4 December 2008. 
  6. ^ Bjerke, Espen (4 October 2007). "- Marit Arnstad ny StatoilHydro-leder". Dagens Næringsliv (in Norwegian). Retrieved 4 December 2008. 
  7. ^ Aure Avis (9 October 2008). "Hydrosjefen for fall?" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 4 December 2008. 
  8. ^ Sættem, Johan B. (7 October 2008). "Eivind Reiten blir sittende" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 4 December 2008. 
  9. ^ "Hydro Chief Reiten steps down". Norway Post. Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. 12 January 2009. Retrieved 13 January 2009. 
  10. ^ Stoltz, Aasa Christine (6 February 2009). "Norske Skog nominates Eivind Reiten as chairman". Reuters. Retrieved 2009-02-07. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Thor Listau
Norwegian Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs
1985–1986
Succeeded by
Bjarne Mørk Eidem
Preceded by
Arne Øien
Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy
1989–1990
Succeeded by
Finn Kristensen
Business positions
Preceded by
Egil Myklebust
Director General of Norsk Hydro
2001–2009
Succeeded by
Svein Richard Brandtzæg