Dr Svein Richard Brandtzæg

Major Career Roles

  • CEO, Norsk Hydro ASA
  • Chair, Veidekke ASA
  • Chair, Sapa A/S
  • Vice Chair, DNB Bank ASA
  • Chair, Dormakaba Holding AG
  • Vice Chair, Swiss Steel Holdings

Other Career Highlights

  • Board member, Eramet Norway A/S
  • Chair, Norwegian University of Science & Technology
  • Chair, International Aluminium Institute
  • Board member, SCR Sibelco SA

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

Svein Richard is Chair at Dormakaba Holding and a Non-Executive Director at Mondi plc. He is also Chair of the Council of Ethics for the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (the Norwegian Wealth Fund).

Svein Richard was (2009 to 2019) the CEO of global aluminium company Norsk Hydro ASA and member of the International Council of Metals and Mining (ICMM). Previously he was Chair of global aluminium extrusion company Sapa, Chair of Veidekke ASA, Vice Chair of DNB Bank ASA, Vice Chair at Swiss Steel Holdings AG and Board member of SLC Sibelco SA.

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.