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Rasmus Sunde to be new SINTEF Board chair

Rasmus Sunde (48) has been elected as chair of SINTEF’s Board. He succeeds Jan Erik Korssjøen, who is leaving after six years in the chair.
Sunde is moving to the chairmanship after being elected by SINTEF’s Council on April 22. He has been a member of the Board of SINTEF since 2008.

Rasmus Sunde is a director of FMC Technologies, with global responsibility for the company’s Increased Oil Recovery (IOR) division. He has wide experience of Norwegian and international industry, and has held a number of leading positions in ABB, Vetco and Aibel.

Sunde has been a member of several boards in industry and various organisations, including as chair of the board of Intsok, in NHO’s Norwegian Industry forum, and in affiliate companies of ABB, Vetco, Aibel and FMC. Sunde is a graduate in economics and business management, and holds degrees from the University of Michigan, BI, the University of Wisconsin and London Business School.

“I look forward to taking over as chair and helping to make SINTEF even stronger as a research group at the international leading edge, at a time when research-based knowledge and new technology are important facets of our responses to many of the challenges the world is facing today,” says Sunde.

Sunde succeeds Jan Erik Korssjøen, who is leaving the Board after eight years. Korssjøen has chaired the Board since 2002, during a period that has seen SINTEF strengthen its position as an international leader in industrial research.

Other new members of the Board include Hanne Rønneberg, a director of Skanska AB, and Professor Stig Slørdahl of the Faculty of Medicine in NTNU. Mona Askmann, a director in EBL Kompetanse, is a new deputy member.

In the wake of the election, the Board of SINTEF has the following membership:

Rasmus Sunde (chair), Kathrine Skretting (vice-chair), Stig Slørdahl, Terje K. Andersen, Ellen Cathrine Rasmussen, Hanne Rønneberg, Elin Grimstad (employee representative), Gorm Johansen (employee representative), Ingunn Gjeving (employee representative).

Trondheim, April 22, 2009.


Torbjørn Digernes, chair of SINTEF’s Council: tel. +47 918 97 125
Rasmus Sunde: tel. +47 915 35 586
Jan Erik Korssjøen: tel. +47 920 60 000

Facts about SINTEF

SINTEF is the fourth-largest research group in Europe and the largest independent such group in Scandinavia. More than 2000 employees generate new knowledge and solutions for clients in Norway and abroad, based on R & D in science and technology, medicine and the social sciences.

SINTEF’s vision is “Technology for a better society”. We intend to help create wealth, improve quality of life and contribute to sustainable development.

SINTEF’s turnover in 2008 was around NOK 2.6 billion, of which international activity accounted for 13 percent.

SINTEF is a non-profit organisation, and it reinvests its earnings in new research projects, scientific equipment and competence development. None of SINTEF’s owners draw a dividend from our research.