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PRESS RELEASE: Appointment of new CEO of Sekal


Jan 2021

The Board of Sekal AS is pleased to announce the appointment of Atle Sonesen as the new Chief Executive Officer of Sekal with effect from 1 February 2021. Sonesen comes from the position as COO of Noreco ASA.

Mr. Sonesen has a broad and extensive experience within the oil and gas industry. His insights include drilling & well technology and operations, technology development, sales & marketing, business development, project and asset management. He has been responsible for large capital projects, portfolios of producing oil and gas fields, building organisational capabilities, and for overall business delivery in both management, executive, and board roles.
Throughout his career he has been working for companies like Schlumberger, GDF SUEZ, VNG Norge, and Noreco amongst others.
Sonesen holds a Master of Science degree (MSc) in Petroleum Technology from Rogaland University.

We are very pleased that Atle Sonesen has accepted the position of new CEO of Sekal. He has a broad and quite unique experience, from both the service/technology provider side and from oil and gas operators, which we believe will be very valuable for our company,” says Chair of the Board in Sekal, Kjell-Erik Østdahl.
“Sonesen has extensive leadership experience from the oil and gas industry and has demonstrated his ability to building successful organizations and businesses. We are confident that he will be a force in developing and driving Sekal forward – in a very exciting but also challenging time.”
Mr. Østdal says further, “I would also like to use this opportunity to sincerely thank Sveinung Lofthus for his years of commitment and hard work to bring the company where it is today, as he now has decided to step down from his CEO role. I wish him all the best of luck for the future.”

“I am very excited about joining such a competent and capable team. Sekal has been very successful in combining industrial technology with digital solutions and has become a frontrunner in applying artificial intelligence and machine learning in the drilling process.
I am certainly looking forward to developing the company further with a clear industrial ambition to change the future of drilling,“ says Atle Sonesen.

Sonesen will take up the position of CEO of Sekal 1 February 2021.

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