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Solberg steps down: Norway’s shipowners need a new head of association

Caption: Harald Solberg, CEO - Norwegian Shipowners Association (© Norges Rederiforbund)

Harald Solberg is leaving his post as Chief Executive of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association. He is moving to the national industry association, leaving a gap.

Solberg was the Norwegian shipowners’ chief representative on the political stage for six years.[ds_preview] “After interesting and rewarding years at the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association, I have accepted to take up the baton at the Confederation of Norwegian Industry. A great decision for me!” Solberg has now made the change public.

“The development of good framework conditions for Norwegian shipping and the maritime industry has been at the top of the agenda every day, and I believe we have left a clear mark,” said the outgoing head of the association. We have acted with foresight on “environmentally friendly shipping”, digitalization has led to concrete results at a global and national level, and we have worked for more diversity in the industry.

Solberg stays for transition period

“I am proud of the team, the members and the industry, which is at the forefront of the world and feels the consequences of an increasingly turbulent world on a daily basis. At the same time, I am looking forward to taking on the exciting challenges at the Confederation of Norwegian Industry,” he made clear.

The 47-year-old will continue to advise and support the shipowners’ association in the coming months until the search for a successor has been completed.

According to the industry association, Solberg can “look back on a solid career as a politician and manager in Norwegian organizations and companies”. He has been a deputy in the Storting for Vestfold KrF, an advisor in the Prime Minister’s office and State Secretary in the Ministry of Finance. After the change of government in 2005, Solberg was deputy CEO of Mentor Media and later CEO of Dagsavisen. In 2011, he joined the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association as Director of Industrial Policy and Communications, headed the Royal Secretariat at the Royal Court from 2016 to 2017, before becoming CEO of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association in January 2018.

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