Johan Berthin Holte

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Johan Berthin Holte (19 February 1915 – 1 April 2002) was a Norwegian businessperson.

He was born in Notodden as a son of chief administrative officer Peder Olaus Holte (1875–1943) and Lorentze Indorff (1890–19). In 1944 he married artist Eva Vibeke Bull (1922–1991).[1]

He graduated with a degree in chemistry from the Norwegian Institute of Technology in 1938. He was hired by Norsk Hydro in 1948 as head of their Notodden department. He advanced to become director of research from 1957 to 1964 and assisting director-general from 1964 to 1966. In 1967 he was hired as director-general (CEO). He stayed in this position until 1977; after this he was chairman of the board from 1977 to 1985.[2]

He also chaired Kværner, Standard Telefon og Kabelfabrik and Sør-Norge Aluminium,[1] was a board member of the Norwegian Employers' Confederation, Alnor, IBM in Norway, Dyno Industrier[3] and Vannlinjen,[4] and a supervisory council member of Borregaard, Elektrokemisk, AS Vestheim and Skips-AS Nordheim.[3] He was a fellow of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. He was decorated as a Commander of the Order of St. Olav (1976) and the Legion of Honour.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Aakvaag, Torvild. "Johan B Holte". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Johan Berthin Holte". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Steenstrup, Bjørn, ed. (1973). "Holte, Johan Berthin". Hvem er hvem? (in Norwegian). Oslo: Aschehoug. p. 254. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Johnsen, Egil Wettre (9 April 1984). "Næringstopper stiftet A/S Vannlinjen: Politikerne satser på Grunnlinjen". Aftenposten Aften (in Norwegian). p. 3. 
Business positions
Preceded by
Rolf Østbye
Director-general of Norsk Hydro
Succeeded by
Odd Narud
Preceded by
Preben Munthe
Chair of Norsk Hydro
Succeeded by
Egil Abrahamsen
Preceded by
Frithjof A. Lind
Chair of Kværner
Succeeded by
Emil Eriksrud