Board of Directors and Group Management

Get to know our Board of Directors and Group Management better.

Statnett's Board of Directors

Nils Kristian Nakstad
Nils Kristian Nakstad
Chair of the Board

Chair of the Board since 2022

Nils Kristian Nakstad is Managing Director of Enova, a role he has held since 2008. He has an MsC in Engineering from NTH and has worked as researched and Head of Section at SINTEF, in addition to having held roles in Norsk Hydro, Trondhjem Preserving and Revolt Technology.

Wenche  Teigland
Wenche Teigland
Vice Chair

Elected in 2020, board member. Elected as Vice Chair in 2022

Wenche Teigland is a civil engineer and has very good knowledge of the power industry. She has been a member of the BKK Group Management for 13 years.

Wenche has good knowledge of grid operations and the Nordic and European power markets, and in 2012 she was a member of the government-appointed energy committee. Teigland is also a board member of the Vy Group.

Maria  Sandsmark
Maria Sandsmark
Board member

Board member since 2013.

Member of the Remuneration Committee and the Project Committee

Experience: Researcher at Møreforskning Molde AS, Associate Professor at Molde University College and consultant at ECON analysis.

Egil  Gjesteland
Egil Gjesteland
Board member

Board member since 2012.

Head of the Project Committee.

Directorships: Egypt Solar B.V.

Experience: Owner of Gjesteland Consulting, IT Director and Project Director for a number of Statoil’s oil and gas projects.

Christian  Reusch
Christian Reusch
Board member

Elected in 2020, board member

Christian Reusch is a lawyer from the University of Oslo. He is a lawyer and partner in Simonsen Vogt Wiig and has right to attend in the Supreme Court. In addition, Reusch has long experience from the Government Attorney, and he has been the Deputy Director at the Prime Minister's Office. Reusch was also a member of the Lysne II committee, which among other things studied digital border defence.

Hilde  Singsaas
Hilde Singsaas
Board Member

Board Member since 2022

Hilde Singsaas has been appointed as Board Member. She is Director General at the Norwegian Agency for Public and Financial Management.

Steinar  Jøråndstad
Steinar Jøråndstad
Employee-elected Board member

Employee-elected Board member since 2004, employee since 1981.

Member of the project committee.

Experience: Team coordinator in Statnett’s division for Systems Operations, Asset Management and Markets, Head of the nationwide Electrician and IT Workers Union, member of the Working Environment Committee and Chief Safety Representative at Statnett.

Ingeborg  Ligaarden
Ingeborg Ligaarden
Employee-elected Board member

Experience: Senior analyst/product owner in Technology and Development, former risk manager. Prior to Statnett, Senior Consultant at Lloyd's Register/Scandpower and Researcher at SINTEF. Board experience from Tekna (The Norwegian Society of Graduate Technical and Scientific Professionals).

Rolf Korneliussen
Rolf Korneliussen
Employee-elected Board member

Employee-elected Board member since 2022, employee since 2009.

Statnett's Group Management

Hilde Tonne
Hilde Tonne
President and CEO

Employed in March 2021
Education: M.Sc. NTH, Trondheim Norway and RWTH Aachen, Germany.
Working experience: Executive Director and Chief Innovation Officer, Ramboll Group. Member of the Group Executive Board in Telenor Group as i.a. EVP Group Industrial Development and Deputy Head of Asia. Tonne also served in different leadership positions in the oil and energy business, last as Head of Technology & Research in Hydro Oil & Energy

Håkon Borgen
Håkon Borgen
Executive Vice President Offshore Development

Employed in 1995 and a member of Group management since 2004.

Education/qualifications: M.Sc. NTH, Trondheim Norway and Technische Hochschule Darmstadt (THD) in Germany.

Previous positions: Several executive positions at BKK and several directorships at Statnett.

Directorships: Chair of NordLink Norge AS. 

Beate  Sander Krogstad
Beate Sander Krogstad
Executive Vice President Digital & IT

Employed in 2009 and a member of group management since 2019.

Education and qualifications: Master’s degree in Physics and Mathematics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and postgraduate studies in international management from the FGV Foundation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Previous positions: Manager at Accenture, several management roles and directorships at Statnett
Directorships: Chariman; Fifty As, Board member; Helse Vest IKT and Digital Norway


Gunnar G. Løvås
Gunnar G. Løvås
Executive Vice President Markets & System Development

Employed first time in 1994 and hired again in 2019. Løvås has been a member of Group management from 2007-2014 and from 2019.
Education and qualifications: : M.Sc. NTH, Trondheim Norway and a doctorate in mathematical statistics from the UiO, Oslo Norway.
Previous positions: Differetnt executive positions at Statnett. Between 2014-2016 he was Deputy Director General at the Norwegian National Rail Administration.
Directorships: Chairman in Elhub AS, boardme ber in Fifty AS, NordLink Norge AS.

Elisabeth  Vike Vardheim
Elisabeth Vike Vardheim
Executive Vice President Grid & Asset Managment

Employed in 2007 and a member of Group management since 2014.

Previous experience: Several management positions within development projects, construction client organisations, operational activities and public administration. Responsible for planning, engineering and development of the transmission grid in Norway since 2014. Since 2021, also responsible for operation and management of the transmission grid as well as emergency preparedness.

Education/qualifications: Master of Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), diploma in business administration and post-graduate studies in board governance at the Norwegian Business School (BI).

Directorships: Chair of NordLink Norge AS and board member of Oslobygg KF.

Peer Olav Østli
Peer Olav Østli
Executive Vice President System Operations

Employed in 2007 and a member of Group management since 2007.

Education/qualifications: Master’s in Computer Science from UiO, Oslo Norway and postgraduate studies in management from Henley Business School in the UK.

Previous positions: Director at Telenor, Schibsted Nett and Scandinavia Online AB, Head of Technology at NRK.


Ingeborg Øfsthus
Ingeborg Øfsthus
Executive Vice President Technology & Transformation

Employed in 2024 and a member of Group Management since 2024.

Master of Science, Department of Computer Technology and Informatics, NTNU
Finance for Executives, Harvard Business School
Strategy Executive Programme, INSEAD

Work experience: Has extensive management experience from various leadership roles in the Telenor group, previously held positions as the CEO and CTO in Telenor Serbia & Telenor Montenegro. The last management role was Nordic CTO in Telenor.

Directorships: Board member of Sykehuspartner.

Cathrine  Lund Larsen
Cathrine Lund Larsen
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer.

Employed in June 2022 as CFO, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer.

Education/qualifications: Four year programme in Economics and Business administration (Siviløkonom) from Norwegian School of Economics/NHH


Previous positions: consultant at Accenture,  several management positions within finance, risk, analysis and strategy in Statkraft and DNB


Directorships: Board member in Shearwater GeoServices

Anne Flagstad
Anne Flagstad
Executive Vice President People & Sustainability

Eemployed in May 2022 as Executive Vice President for People and Sustainability.

Education/qualifications: Cand. Sociol with specialization in organizational sociology, PhD in strategy and organization from BI Norwegian Business School

Work experience: Has 25 years of experience from HR and Organizational Development as HR director, consultant and researcher, most recently as HR director in Telenor Norway.