Bjørn Wiggen new Managing Director of Elkem

Bjørn Wiggen will become a member of Orkla’s Group Executive Board with responsibility for the Orkla Materials business area, which comprises Elkem and Borregaard. Per Sørlie will continue as Managing Director of Borregaard. Mr Wiggen will also serve as Acting Managing Director of Elkem, as the parties have reached agreement on Helge Holen’s resignation.

“Orkla Materials consists of exciting companies with strong organisations and considerable development potential. I am looking forward to starting work,” says Bjørn Wiggen.

Bjørn Wiggen (48) is a business graduate from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration. He began his career in the Orkla Group in 1983 at Elkem Thamshavn. He has broad international experience, among other posts as head of Pripps Bryggerier and Ringnes.

From 2001 Mr Wiggen held key positions at Carlsberg Breweries, including being in charge of operations and development of the group’s Central and Eastern European breweries. He subsequently headed Orkla Media/Mecom Europe from 2005-2007.

The parties had differing views on certain strategic assessments, and Helge Holen has resigned as Managing Director of Elkem by mutual agreement. Chairman of Elkem’s Board of Directors, Orkla President and CEO Dag J. Opedal, thanks Mr. Holen for his efforts on behalf of the company.


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