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Steinar Sorensen is new GRID-Arendal director

Managing Director at AkerKvaernerGEO will lead GRID-Arendal the next two years.

Managing Director at AkerKvaernerGEO will lead GRID-Arendal the next two years.

Arendal, 23 June 2003 – The Board of Directors at GRID-Arendal has appointed Steinar Sorensen as new Managing Director. He will take on his new duties in September and is appointed for two years.

Svein Tveitdal, who has managed GRID-Arendal since 1992, has been granted a two-year leave of absence to serve at the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) headquarters in Nairobi.

Steinar Sorensen is Managing Director of the consulting firm AkerKvaerner GEO in Stavanger, Norway. He is a geologist and has previously held a number of management positions in the oil and gas industry, including JSI, the Norex Group and Elf Aquitaine. Mr Sorensen has also held research positions in gas and oil geology at the University in Oslo and at Rogaland University College. He is member of the Norwegian Geology Association and the American Association of Environmental Geologists.

“Environmental information,” Sorensen says, “has during my entire professional career always played a very important role in the exploration and development of oil and gas. I know well the many complications involved in communicating technical and scientific messages to various users. Such communication processes are extremely important in today’s society. Over many years I have followed the development of GRID-Arendal and I look forward to be able to work fulltime with environmental information together with the many competent and experienced colleagues at GRID-Arendal.”

Leif E. Christoffersen, chairman of the GRID-Arendal Board of Directors says: “Steinar Sorensen will bring important management experience to GRID-Arendal as well as good insights into how environmental issues can be implemented into decision-making processes. As GRID-Arendal is growing and taking on new tasks, such management capabilities will be very valuable.”

Steinar Sorensen is 48 years old and is born and raised in Arendal. He is married to Annlaug Madland and they have three adult children.

For more information please contact Leif E. Christoffersen, Chairman of the Board: or Steinar Sorensen at: +47 90826575 or Media Officer Marianne Hartz, +47 37035717,

Monday 23 Jun 2003
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