Board of Directors

Christen Sveaas (1956)

Chairman of the Board

Christen Sveaas is the founder and sole owner of Kistefos AS.

Mr. Sveaas has had several board positions including Chairman of the Board at Treschow-Fritzøe AS, Board member of Stolt- Nielsen AS, Orkla ASA, SkipsKredittforeningen AS, Vestenfjeldske Bykreditt AS, Tschudi & Eitzen Shipping AS, and he has served as senior advisor to EQT, Stockholm, Sweden.

Mr. Sveaas is presently Executive Chairman of Kistefos AS and A/S Kistefos Træsliberi, the Chairman of the Board in Viking Supply Ships AB, Western Bulk ASA and Viking Supply Ships AS, Vice Chairman of the Board of The Kistefos Museum Foundation and Chairman at Anders Sveaas' Allmennyttige Fond, a Norwegian charitable foundation. He is member of Dean's Council Executive Committee, Harvard Kennedy School, Boston, USA.

Mr. Sveaas is educated at University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Lic. Oec. HSG; equivalent to an MBA.

He has been a board member in Western Bulk since 2012.


Bengt Arve Rem (1961)

Member of the Board

Bengt Arve Rem has served as CEO of Kistefos AS since 2015.

He holds a degree as MSc in Business and Administration and Finance from the Norwegian Business School (BI) and a Master in Accounting and Auditing from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH).

Mr. Rem has experience from previous positions within auditing at Arthur Andresen & Co, compliance at Oslo Børs, as Chief Financial Officer within various parts of the Aker Group, as well as within corporate finance at Arctic Securities.

He has been a board member in Western Bulk since 2015.


Rolf A. Wikborg (1958)

Member of the Board

Rolf A. Wikborg was from 1986 to 2011 founding partner and Director of AMA Capital Partners, a maritime merchant banking group based in New York.

Today Mr. Wikborg manages his own merchant banking practice (Wikborg Sons Ltd AS). Mr. Wikborg is a director of NYSE listed DHT Maritime. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Management Sciences at University of Manchester (1983) and was a Marine Insurance Candidate in marine law and marine insurance law from the Norwegian Shipping Academy (1980).

He has been a board member in Western Bulk since 2010.


Benedicte Bakke Agerup (1964)

Member of the Board

Benedicte Bakke Agerup is currently Chief Financial Officer of Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA.

Ms. Agerup has held various positions in Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA within the finance area since 2005 and has also worked for the Wilh. Wilhelmsen Group as Group Treasurer from 1996 - 2001. Ms. Agerup has also been employed at KLP Insurance (CFO) and Bergen Bank / Den Norske Bank. Benedicte Agerup holds a master in business administration from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, and has also completed a Scandinavian Leadership Program (2006) and an Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School (2007).

She has been a board member in Western Bulk since 2013.


Kristin Gjertsen (1969)

Member of the Board

Ms. Gjertsen is responsible for all non-operator equities in Det norske oljeselskap ASA where she has been working since 2010.

She has more than 15 years experience from various management positions in the oil & gas industry. Kristin Gjertsen held various positions StatoilHydro ASA (incl. Hydro ASA and Saga Petroleum ASA) from 1998 to 2008, and from 2008 to 2010 she held the position as Director Business Development & Online Business Group in Microsoft Norge Ms. Gjertsen holds a Master of Science degree from Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH) and a Master of Business Administration degree from Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH).

She has been a board member in Western Bulk since 2013.