Svein Aaser

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Svein Aaser
Svein Aaser IMG 5542 2013 C-o-B of Telenor Group.JPG
Svein Aaser, 2013.
Born (1946-10-07) 7 October 1946 (age 70)
Fredrikstad, Norway
Nationality Norwegian
Education MBA
Board member of FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2011
National Gallery of Norway
Marine Harvest

Svein Aaser (born 7 October 1946) is a former CEO of DnB NOR, the largest financial group in Norway. He resigned on 31 December 2006.[1] He is chair of FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2011 and the National Gallery of Norway

Early career[edit]

Aaser was born in Fredrikstad, Norway and was educated at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) where he received his MBA in 1970. By 1976, he had graduated from the Lausanne IMEDE's Program for Executive Development. After obtaining his MBA (1970) he worked his way up in businesses starting as assistant to deputy managing director for Tank Nielsen, M. Peterson & Søn, Moss. From there he became marketing manager of Sarpsborg Papp, Div. Kartong, managing director for NORA matprodukter and of Storebrand Skade.[2]

Later career[edit]

During a period of ten years starting in 1987 he was president and CEO of Hafslund Nycomed who changed its name after the acquisition of Nycomed. The year after saw him deputy CEO and chief executive officer of a subsidiary company called Imaging Nycomed Amersham. In 1998 he was appointed CEO of Den norske Bank, later the merged DnB NOR.[2][3][4]

In 2008 he was appointed chairman of the board of the National Gallery of Norway.[5] He has also been the chairman of Marine Harvest, but stepped down in January 2010.[6] He also chairs Statkraft. From 2012 to 2015 he was chairman of the board of Telenor.[7]


  1. ^ "Rune Bjerke takes over". DnB NOR. Retrieved 29 April 2007. 
  2. ^ a b "Svein Aaser" (PDF). EUROCHAMBRES. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 27, 2007. Retrieved 2006-08-10. 
  3. ^ "Om konsernet/Ledelsen". DnB NOR. Retrieved 2006-08-10. 
  4. ^ "About the Group/Management". DnB NOR. Retrieved 2006-08-10. 
  5. ^ "Svein Aaser ny styreleder for Nasjonalmuseet" (in Norwegian). Norwegian News Agency. 23 October 2008. 
  6. ^ "Svein Aaser trekker seg". Dagens Næringsliv (in Norwegian). 16 January 2010. p. 10. 
  7. ^ "Svein Aaser elected new Chairman of the Board of Telenor ASA". Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
Business positions
Preceded by
Emil Eriksrud
Chief executive of Hafslund
Succeeded by
Hans Tormod Hansen
Preceded by
Finn Hvistendahl
Chief executive officer of DnB NOR
Succeeded by
Rune Bjerke