He was born in Eiken, but later moved to Kristiansand. He was a second cousin of Bjarne Skeie, and cooperated with him in his business ventures. At the time of death, Birger Skeie was the chair of TTS Marine and CEO of Skeie Technology and Skeie Drilling & Production. He was also the chair of NODE, Norsupply and Skeie Rig Management and a board member of TTS Sense. He was formerly the CEO of Hydralift, which became National Oilwell Varco in 2002. He left the leadership of National Oilwell Varco in Norway in 2006. He died in August 2009 of a heart attack.
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- "Bjarne Skeie satser på nytt". Fædrelandsvennen (in Norwegian). 13 January 2004.
- "Ny Natoil-sjef". Fædrelandsvennen (in Norwegian). 7 November 2006.
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