Per Olav Karlsen
CEO and Managing Partner
Cleaves Securities AS
Per Olav Karlsen (64) is the CEO and majority shareholder of Cleaves Securities AS, an independent and privately held investment bank, headquartered in Oslo, with offices in Stamford, and affiliate offices in London and Singapore. In addition, Mr. Karlsen is the CEO and majority owner of Gaia Ship Management AS, a small management company within the oil service sector and over the past twenty years, has been active in incubating and launching several ship management companies. He is one of the founding partners of Maritime & Merchant Bank in Oslo, a platform that was initiated and incubated by Cleaves Securities.
Previously, Mr. Karlsen was President of R S Platou in Singapore for seven years, and held various roles at Fearnleys, serving as President of Fearnleys Korea and Managing Director of Fearnley Finans. He has been Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Audit Committee for a Nasdaq listed company. Mr. Karlsen was educated at the Copenhagen Business School (CBS).