(Oslo 31 January 2011) Bente E. Engesland (48) has been appointed as new Senior Vice President of communications in Statkraft. She is currently Communications Director of the Directorate of Immigration (UDI).
"We are very pleased that Bente E. Engesland will be our new Senior Vice President of communications. She has extensive communications and management experience. Through central positions in the media, Engesland has acquired in-depth knowledge of politics and social issues. We look forward to Engesland managing this important area," says President and CEO Christian Rynning-Tønnesen.
Engesland will be part of the Chief of Staff management team headed by Hilde Bakken, whom she will also report to.
"Statkraft is one of Norway's most important companies, with very exciting international renewable energy initiatives. I look forward to taking on this challenge, which will provide me with unique opportunities," says Bente E. Engesland.
For many years Bente E. Engesland was head of news programming and political editor for the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK), and before that head of the political section in the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten. She also has many years' experience as a journalist and commentator. Engesland has a degree in Political science from the University of Oslo, specialising in international politics. She also holds a master's degree in management from BI Norwegian School of Management.
Engesland will assume her new position this spring, further details to be agreed upon.
Statkraft is Europe's leader in renewable energy. The group develops and generates hydropower, wind power, gas power and district heating, and is a major player on the European energy exchanges. Statkraft also develops osmotic power and other new energy solutions. Through ownership in other companies, the group supplies power and heating to about 600 000 customers in Norway. In 2009, the group achieved sales of NOK 26 billion. Statkraft has more than 3200 employees in more than 20 countries.
For more information please contact:
Executive vice president Hilde Bakken Tel.: +47 24067251 / +47 99150386