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Dr Svein Richard Brandtzæg

Major Career Roles:

  • CEO of Norsk Hydro ASA
  • Chair of Veidekke ASA
  • Chair of Sapa AS
  • Vice Chair of DNB Bank ASA
  • Vice Chair of Dormakaba Holding AG
  • Vice Chair of Swiss Steel Holdings


Other Career Highlights:

  • Board Member of Eramet Norway AS
  • Chair of the Norwegian University of Science & Technology
  • Chair of the International Aluminium Institute
  • Board Member of SCR-Sibelco NV

Dr Svein Richard Brandzaeg has significant Chair and executive experience across the metals and minerals, financial services, chemicals, construction, diversified industrials and technology sectors.


Svein Richard is Vice Chair of DNB Bank ASA, Vice Chair and Lead Independent Director at Dormakaba Holding AG, Vice Chair at Swiss Steel Holding AG and a Non-Executive Director at Mondi plc.


He is also Vice Chair of the Council of Ethics for the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (The Norwegian Wealth Fund).


Svein Richard was (2009-2019) the CEO of global aluminium company Norsk Hydro ASA and Member of the International Council of Metals and Mining (ICMM).  He was Chair of global aluminium extrusion company Sapa, and Chair of Veidekke ASA. From 2019 to 2021 he was a member of the Board of SLC Sibelco NV.


Svein Richard’s 33-year career at Hydro revolved around R&D, technology development, innovation, strategic acquisitions and operational improvements, restructuring, with numerous leadership positions throughout the company and across the globe.


He was a member of the European Round Table for Industry (ERT) between 2009 and 2019, where he led the energy and climate group. In 2019 and 2020, he was a member of a government committee for new ethical guidelines for the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global and chaired a government committee for business development. Svein Richard was the Norwegian Representative in the Bilderberg Meetings Steering Committee between 2011 and 2019.