Rolf Sæther

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Rolf Sæther (born 20 May 1937) is a Norwegian shipping executive and writer.

He graduated with the cand.jur. degree from the University of Oslo in 1964. After some years as deputy judge in Mandal District Court and civil servant in the Ministry of Transport and Communications, he was hired in the Norwegian Shipowners' Association in 1968. He spent the rest of his career there, peaking at the position of chief executive from 1992 to 2002. He had then been director of international relations since 1980 and vice chief executive since 1985.[1][2][3]

He has chaired Folketrygdfondet from 2002 to 2006 as well as the Norwegian Jockey Club, Norsk Rikstoto and the exclusive bibliophiles' society Bibliofilklubben. In 2009 he made a name as a non-fiction writer, when he released the book Tusen dager together with Jo Stein Moen. The book chronicles Norwegian involvement in the Spanish Civil War.[1][4] The duo followed with Krigen som skapte et bibliotek, issued in 2011 by the Labour Movement Archive and Library, an essay book on the bibliography of the Spanish Civil War.

In 2002 he was decorated as a Knight, First Class of the Order of St. Olav.[5] He resides in Huk.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "70 år 20. mai: Direktør Rolf Sæther" (in Norwegian). Norwegian News Agency. 7 May 2007. 
  2. ^ De Lange, Grete (3 January 1992). "Ny direktør i Norges Rederiforbund: Sæther trives på toppen". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). p. 20. 
  3. ^ Eliassen, Jan I (20 May 1997). "Den frelste latiner". Bergens Tidende (in Norwegian). p. 38. 
  4. ^ Valaker, Tormod (6 October 2010). "Veteran mot Rikstoto-toppen". Bergens Tidende (in Norwegian). p. 33. 
  5. ^ "St. Olav til Rolf Sæther" (in Norwegian). Norwegian News Agency. 21 October 2002. 
Business positions
Preceded by
David Vikøren
Chief executive of the Norwegian Shipowners' Association
Succeeded by
Marianne Lie