Anne-Grete Ellingsen, CEO of GCE NODE.

Anne-Grete Ellingsen, CEO of GCE NODE, will be inducted into the Offshore Energy Center’s Hall of Fame in Galveston, Texas.

Established in 1998, the Hall of Fame includes Industry Pioneers, Industry Champions and technological accomplishments from all over the world that has shaped and continues to shape the offshore oil and gas industry.

“Ellingsen’s contributions to the offshore industry have been outstanding, and we will be recognizing and recording her accomplishments and how they positively affected the industry. Permanent recognition of this role will be displayed on a plaque aboard the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum in Galveston, Texas,” says Bill Barkhouse, Chairman of the Hall of Fame Committee.

Ellingsen is one of two individuals who are presented the Industry Champion Award for 2017. She is the first Norwegian to be given this honor.

According to the Offshore Energy Center, an Industry Champion is “an individual whose fortitude and dedication created positive change in the workplace or culture of the offshore industry. Distinct from business or technological pioneers, Honorees are advocates or visionaries who clear the way for the triumph of new ideas and approaches. Not merely industry promoters, these individuals have championed a cause, policy, program or project that helped shape the industry for the better.”

”I am surprised and honored to receive this recognition. And I look forward to attending the induction ceremony in September,” says Ellingsen.

Recognized as the North Sea’s first female offshore Platform Manager, Ellingsen has also served as Deputy Minister in the Petroleum and Energy Ministry of Norway and as CEO of GCE NODE since 2013.

Ellingsen has previously been portrayed in Breaking the Gas Ceiling, a book celebrating 25 women in prominent positions in the global oil and gas industry.

“Anne-Grete was a pioneer at a time when hardly any women held higher positions in the emerging oil and gas industry,” said author Rebecca Ponton, when she presented the book during OTC 2016.