Norges Bank

The Executive Board

The Executive Board comprises the Governor, the two Deputy Governors and six external board members, all appointed by the King in the Council of State. In addition, two board members are selected by and among employees to participate when administrative matters are on the agenda.

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Among the duties of the Executive Board are the management and operation of Norges Bank, with the exception of matters that are assigned to the Monetary Policy and Financial Stability Committee in or pursuant to the Central Bank Act. The Executive Board is responsible for Norges Bank’s management of the Government Pension Fund Global. The Executive Board shall ensure sound, effective and efficient organisation of the Bank.

The Governor is chair, and the two Deputy Governors are first deputy chair and second deputy chair of the Executive Board. The Executive Board has four preparatory and advisory committees, whose work is to strengthen and streamline the Executive Board’s discussions.

Members of the Executive Board

Ida Wolden Bache

Appointed Governor of Norges Bank from 8 April 2022 to 2028. Bache is Chair of the Executive Board and the Monetary Policy and Financial Stability Committee.

Her work experience includes posts as Deputy Governor, Executive Director of Norges Bank Monetary Policy and Norges Bank Financial Stability. She has also been a macroeconomist at Handelsbanken Capital Markets. Bache was a member of the Systemic Risk Council in Denmark in the period between 2017 and 2022. She holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Oslo and an MSc in economics from the London School of Economics.

Pål Longva

Appointed Deputy Governor for the period 29 August 2022 through 2028. Longva has particular responsibility for central banking operations and is First Deputy Chair of the Executive Board and the Monetary Policy and Financial Stability Committee.

His work experience includes the post of Director General of the Ministry of Finance Budget Department. Longva has worked at McKinsey and as Deputy Director General and Director General at the Ministry of Labour and Social Inclusion. He holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Oslo.

Øystein Børsum

Appointed Deputy Governor for the period 2 August 2021-2027. Børsum has particular responsibility for the Government Pension Fund Global. Børsum is Second Deputy Chair of the Executive Board and the Monetary Policy and Financial Stability Committee.

His work experience includes the post of chief economist at Swedbank and positions in the Budget and Asset Management Departments of the Ministry of Finance. Børsum holds a degree in economics from the NHH Norwegian School of Economics, masters’ degrees from Sciences Po and London School of Economics and a doctorate in economics from the University of Oslo.

Karen Helene Ulltveit-Moe

Appointed board member for the period to 15 May 2024. Chair of the Audit Committee and member of the Remuneration Committee of the Executive Board.

Ulltveit-Moe is a full professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Oslo. She is chair of the NHH Norwegian School of Economics board and has held a number of directorships. She also chaired and was a member of several government-appointed commissions. Her main research interests are in international economics, tax policy and industrial policy. She is Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and CESifo and is an elected member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Ulltveit-Moe holds an MSc in economics from the University of Mannheim and a PhD in economics from the NHH Norwegian School of Economics.

Kristine Ryssdal

Appointed board member for the period to 15 May 2026. Member of the Ownership Committee and the Remuneration Committee of the Executive Board.

Ryssdal is General Counsel at Yara. Other previous professional experience includes the positions of VP Legal at Statoil, (now Equinor), Chief Legal Officer at REC and Legal Counsel at Norsk Hydro. She served for several years as an attorney at the Office of the Attorney General. She has previously been a member of the board at Borregaard ASA, previously held various board positions in the REC group and was a member of Kommunalbanken Norway’s Supervisory Board. Ryssdal holds a degree in law (Cand. jur.) from the University of Oslo and a Master of Laws from the London School of Economics. She is also qualified to appear before the Supreme Court.

Arne Hyttnes

Appointed board member for the period to 15 May 2026. Chair of the Remuneration Committee and member of the Audit Committee of the Executive Board.

Hyttnes has extensive experience from the financial industry, including positions at DnC/DnB, the Norwegian Savings Banks Association, Finance Norway and the Norwegian Banks’ Guarantee Fund. He was managing director of the Norwegian Industrial and Regional Development Fund for four years and also has board experience from the NHH Norwegian School of Economics and “Ungt Entreprenørskap”, a non-profit organisation to promote cooperation between schools and the business sector. Hyttnes holds a degree in economics and business administration from the NHH Norwegian School of Economics.

Hans Aasnæs

Appointed board member for the period to 15 May 2024. Member of the Risk and Investment Committee of the Executive Board.

Aasnes is CEO of the shipping company Western Bulk ASA. He is chair of the board at Strand Havfiske, Nordic Trustee and Investinor. He has extensive experience in investment management, real estate management and direct investment at Storebrand and the UMOE Group, among others. He also has extensive board experience from a number of companies, including the Government Pension Fund Norway, Statskog, Gjensidige pensjonsforsikring, Bergvik Skog, Foran Realestate and Fornebu Lumber Company. Aasnes is an agricultural economist from the Norwegian College of Agriculture (now the Norwegian University of Life Sciences), holds a higher degree from the NHH Norwegian School of Economics and is a certified financial analyst.

Nina Udnes Tronstad

Appointed board member for the period to 15 May 2026. Member of the Audit Committee and the Ownership Committee of the Executive Board.

Udnes Tronstad is a professional board member. She is chair of the board at Source Energy and a member of the board at Bladt Industries and Prosafe. She was executive vice president at Kværner and Statoil (now Equinor). She has been a board member at Peab AB, Trelleborg AB, Rambøll, Giek (now Eksfin) and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) among others. Udnes Tronstad holds an MSc in chemical engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Egil Herman Sjursen 

Appointed board member for the period to 15 May 2024. Member of the Risk and Investment Committee of the Executive Board.

Sjursen stepped down as Chief Executive Officer of Holberg Fondsforvaltning in 2018 after having served in this position for 12 years. He has held executive positions in asset management in DNB (including London), Vesta Forsikring and Nordea Investment Management since the end of the 1980s. Egil Herman Sjursen is currently chair of the board at the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Stiftelsen Universitetsforskning i Bergen (Unifob), Nysnø Klimainvesteringer AS and the Nibor Oversight Committee. Sjursen has held a number of board positions. Sjursen holds a postgaduate degree in social sciences (cand. polit.), with a major in economics, from the University of Bergen.

Employee representatives

Mona Helen Sørensen

Employee representative from 1 January 2016.

Chair and chief union representative of the Finance Sector Union of Norway at Norges Bank. Mona Sørensen holds a degree in economics and administration and an Executive Master of Management with a specialisation in applied organisational psychology from the BI Norwegian Business School.

Marianne Depraetere is alternate for Mona Sørensen.

Truls Oppedal

Employee representative from 1 January 2021. Member of the Remuneration Committee of the Executive Board.

Deputy chair of the Federation of Norwegian Professional Associations. Truls Oppedal holds a master’s degree in Business and Finance from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Kjersti Gro Lindquist is alternate for Truls Oppedal.

Subcommittees

Audit Committee

The Committee’s tasks, in accordance with instructions relating to risk management and internal control at Norges Bank, focus on the monitoring, supervision and control of Norges Bank’s financial reporting, operational risk, compliance, and risk management and internal control systems.

The Audit Committee has three members elected by and from among the external members of Norges Bank’s Executive Board. Internal Audit is to provide the Committee with necessary assistance.

Instructions relating to risk management and internal control at Norges Bank

Remuneration Committee

The Remuneration Committee contributes to thorough and independent discussions of matters pertaining to Norges Bank’s salary and remuneration schemes. The Executive Board has decided that the statutory Remuneration Committee for Asset Management is to also prepare matters relating to Norges Bank Central Banking Operations.

The Committee comprises three members elected from among the external members of Norges Bank’s Executive Board and one member elected from among the employee-elected board members.

Ownership Committee

The Ownership Committee is a preparatory body for the Executive Board on matters related to Norges Bank’s responsible investment activities. The Committee prepares matters related, for example, to the observation or exclusion of companies from the investment universe of the Government Pension Fund Global, within the framework laid down in the Ministry of Finance’s management mandate and the ethical guidelines for the management of the Government Pension Fund Global.

The Ownership Committee comprises three members and is chaired by the Deputy Governor of Norges Bank with particular responsibility for following up management of the Government Pension Fund Global. The other two members are elected among the Executive Board’s external members.

Guidelines for observation and exclusion from the Government Pension Fund Global

Risk and Investment Committee

The Risk and Investment Committee strengthens and streamlines the Executive Board’s work related to investment strategy, current exposure, performance assessment, determination and use of risk limits, and major investment decisions.

The Risk and Investment Committee comprises three members and is chaired by the Deputy Governor of Norges Bank with particular responsibility for following up the management of the Government Pension Fund Global. The other two members are elected among the Executive Board’s external members.

Meeting attendance

   

Executive Board

Audit Committee

Risk and Investment Committee

Ownership Committee

Remuneration Committee

 

Number of meetings

14

7

13

7

4

Name

Role

 

 

 

 

 

Øystein Olsen

Chair (1.1. - 28.2.)

2/2

       
Ida Wolden Bache

Chair (1.3. - 31.12.)

12/12

       

Ida Wolden Bache

First Deputy Chair (1.1. - 28.2.)

2/2

       

Pål Longva

First Deputy Chair (29.8.-31.12.)

5/5

       

Øystein Børsum

Second Deputy Chair

14

 

13

7

 

Karen Helene Ulltveit-Moe

Board member

14

7

4/4

 

2/2

Kristine Ryssdal

Board member

14

   

7

4

Arne Hyttnes

Board member

14

7

   

4

Nina Udnes Tronstad

Board member

14

7

 

5/5

2/2

Hans Aasnæs

Board member

14

 

13

   

Egil Herman Sjursen

Board member

14

 

9/9

2/2

 

Mona Sørensen

Employee representative

13/13

     

2/2

Truls Oppedal

Employee representative

11/13

     

2/2

Remuneration

The Ministry of Finance determines desired competencies for Norges Banks’s Executive Board and remuneration to members of the board.

See the remuneration in table 12.4 in the Annual report

The Central Bank Act governs the relationship between Norges Bank and the authorities. The Act relating to the Government Pension Fund and the management mandate of Government Pension Fund Global govern the division of responsibilities between Norges Bank and the Ministry of Finance with regard to the management of the fund. Changes to Norges Bank’s governance structure, including Norges Bank Investment Management and the management of the Government Pension Fund Global, are disclosed in White papers and propositions to the Storting (the Norwegian parliament) and in Norges Bank’s annual reports. For information about the current governance structure, see the Annual Report of the Executive Board for 2022.

Edited 8 August 2022 15:00
Edited 8 August 2022 15:00