"Norwegian Shipping - Industry Leadership in a Fast-Changing World"

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Espen Gjerde
Vice President Strategy and M&A
Wilh. Wilhelmsen Holding ASA

Shipping & Energy professional with technical education and offshore operational experience. Background from leadership education in the Norwegian Armed Forces, as a maritime management consultant in DNV, experience with shipping/offshore financing from DVB Bank and being responsible for investments and portfolio management in Ship Finance International Limited (SFL Corp).

Working today as Vice President for Strategy and M&A in the Wilhelmsen group's holding company.

M. Sc degree from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Marine Technology in combination with Industrial Economics and Operations Research. Later took further education within Corporate Finance at the Norwegian School of Economics. Experience within maritime and energy sectors from insight gained through work for different shipping, offshore and oil/gas companies.

Interested and engaged in the Energy Transition into more renewable energy, the decarbonization and digitalization journey the maritime, oil & gas and energy industries needs to take in order to meet our long-term ambitions.


2014 : NHH, Advanced Program in Corporate Finance

2007-2009 : NTNU, Master degree in Naval Architecture / Marine Engineering

2000-2001 : Norwegian Armed Forces, Leadership education at the Norwegian Officer training school

Work experience

2019- : Vice President Strategy and M&A, Wilh. Wilhelmsen Holding ASA

2015-2018 : Senior Vice President, SFL Corporation Ltd, Investments

2011-2014 : Relationship Manager, DVB Bank SE, Offshore Finance Division

2009-2011: Consultant, DNV, Maritime Advisory