Group Management

Finn Bjørn Ruyter (b. 1964)

President and CEO/Senior Vice President Finance (CFO)

Finn Bjørn Ruyter was appointed President and CEO on 21 March 2012. Mr Ruyter has been Senior Vice President Finance (CFO) of Hafslund since 16 August 2010 and Vice President and CEO since 1 July 2011. He was previously Chief Operating Officer (COO) at the Philippine hydropower company SN Aboitiz Power, based in Manila. Ruyter worked for Norsk Hydro from 1991 until 1996 in the areas of oil trading, refining and power trading. He was in charge of power trading at Elkem from 1996 until 1998, and head of Elkem Energi from 1999 until 2009. Ruyter is a chartered engineer from the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH) and has an MBA from BI Norwegian School of Management. Ruyter and his related parties own 5,000 Class A and 100 Class B shares in Hafslund.


Anders Østby (b. 1974)

Senior Vice President Production

Anders Østby took up his position as Senior Vice President Production on 9 September 2011. He has been CEO of Hafslund Produksjon since October 2008, where his remit includes the Group's hydropower production and construction of a new power station at Kykkelsrud. Previous posts include Director of the Markets business area in Hafslund Operatør, Director of network expansion, Operations Manager in Hafslund Nett, Head of the Planning Department in Hafslund Nett, and the building owner’s representative in the same company. He serves on the board of Glommens og Laagens Brukseierforening (GLB) and Kinetic Energy. Østby qualified as a chartered engineer at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, and has also studied economics at BI Norwegian School of Management. Østby and his related parties own 437 Class B shares in Hafslund.


Jan Presttun (b. 1950)

Senior Vice President Heat

Jan Presttun took up his position as Senior Vice President Hear on 9 September 2011. Mr Presttun has been Senior Vice President District Heating since January 2009 and Senior Vice President Networks since 2 September 2009. He was CEO of Hafslund Fjernvarme from January 2007 until September 2009. From February 2002 until January 2007 he worked as CEO of Hafslund Nett. From 2000 until 2002 Presttun held several positions in the then Viken Energinett. Mr Presttun joined Hafslund/Viken Energinett in connection with the 1999 acquisition of Energiselskapet Asker og Bærum Nett (EAB Nett), where he was CEO. He serves on the board of EB Nett. Mr Presttun qualified as a chartered engineer at the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH) and holds a business degree from BI Norwegian School of Management. Presttun and his related parties own 3,056 Class B shares in Hafslund.


Jens Auset (b. 1959)

Senior Vice President Networks

Jens Auset took up his position as Senior Vice President Networks on 9 September 2011. He was previously Managing Director of Hafslund Nett from June 2008, where he was responsible for day-to-day operations and development of Hafslund’s network operations. Previous posts include Managing Director of Hafslund Driftssentral, Director of the Networks business area in Hafslund Nett, ICT Manager in Viken Nett, and technical co-ordinator for operational controls in the same company. Prior to this, Auset worked in the power company Siri-Kvina, and El-Tele Øst. He is a board member of Norwegian Smartgrid Center, and is Norway’s representative for Norwegian energy supplies in Eurelectric DSO Director’s Gathering. He qualified as a chartered engineer at the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH). Auset and his related parties own 3,056 B shares in Hafslund.


Kari Ekelund Thørud (b. 1975)

Senior Vice President Markets

Kari Ekelund Thørud has been Senior Vice President Markets since 1 September 2009. She was previously Managing Director of Hafslund Strøm AS, where she was responsible for day-to-day operations and development of Hafslund’s electricity operations. Ms Ekelund Thørud had previously been financial director of Hafslund ASA’s Heat and Infrastructure business area as well as advisor to the Senior Vice President Markets at Hafslund ASA. She has previously served as Senior Executive Officer at the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE). Ms Ekelund Thørud is a board member of Energi Norge AS and Mallin AS. She holds an MBA specialising in International Company Management, and has completed Financial Energy Analysis studies at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration. Ms Ekelund Thørud and her related parties own 427 Class B shares in Hafslund ASA.