Executive Management

Karl-Johan Bakken

Karl-Johan Bakken

CEO – Chief Executive Officer (b. 1958)
Karl-Johan Bakken entered the position as CEO 1 January 2006. He was earlier Director for Market and Operations, a position he entered in July 1999. He joined Farstad Shipping with 15 years international experience from the ship design and ship building industry, latest as Vice President of Ulstein Ship Technology and Director of Ulstein Trading Ltd. AS. He holds a M.Sc. in Naval Architecture from the Norwegian University of Technology in Trondheim (1984). 

Olav Haugland

CFO – Chief Financial Officer (b. 1966)
Olav Haugland started as CFO in May 2016. He has more than 20 years of experience from executive positions within finance in various shipping and investment companies. He holds an M.Sc degree in Economics and Business Administration and is State Authorized Public Accountant from NHH (1991/1993). Holds a number of board appointments in shipping, oil service companies and banks. 

Knut Åsebø

CHRO – Chief Human Resources Officer (b. 1952)
Knut Åsebø entered the position as CHRO in May 2016. He has more than 30 years of experience from various positions within HR and management development/ management training in Nordvest Forum, SAS, Norsk Hydro and VARD Group. Knut came to Farstad Shipping from the position as SVP HR & Organisation in VARD Group AS. He has a background in Social Science from Volda University College and Sogn and Fjordane University College.

Svein Helge Guldteig

COO – Chief Operating Officer (b. 1960)
Svein Helge Guldteig started as COO in January 2015. He has more than 20 years of experience from managerial positions in various shipping companies like Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Torvald Klaveness and Norwegian Car Carriers as most recent. He holds a M.Sc degree in Marine Machinery from Norges Tekniske Hogskole, NTH (1993) and an MBA from BI/ESCP in Paris (2005). He has 6 years of sea going experience with a degree from Trondheim Maritime Academy (1987, Engineer Officer Class I).

Felipe Rodrigues Alves Meira

Executive Vice President Americas (EVP-A) (b. 1969)
Felipe Meira entered the position as EVP-A 1 October 2014. He was earlier Managing Director for Brazil Region, a position he entered in February 2008. He has been involved with Farstad Shipping Operations in Brazil since 1994, and has been working directly in the company since 1999, when Farstad opened its own office in Brazil. He holds a Bachelor diploma in Economics and also a Post-Graduation in Business Administration from FGV, one of the best educational institutions in Brazil.