Before joining Ocean Yield, Mr. Solbakken served as CEO of Norwegian Car Carriers ASA from 2009 through March 2012. From 2006 to 2009 he served as CEO of Ship Finance Management AS and through that position, he also served as CEO of Ship Finance International Limited. In the period from 1997 through 2006, Mr. Solbakken was employed as General Manager of Fortis Bank in Norway and was also responsible for the bank's shipping and oil service activities in Scandinavia.
From 1987 to 1997, Mr. Solbakken served in several positions in Nordea Bank (previously Christiania Bank). He was Senior Vice President and Deputy for the shipping and offshore and aviation group, head of equity issues and merger and acquisition activities and General Manager for the Seattle Branch. Prior to joining Nordea Bank, Mr. Solbakken worked five years in Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA as Finance Manager. Mr. Solbakken has a Master of Science degree from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration in Bergen.