Ole Falk Hansen (left) has been appointed CEO of Nekkar from 1 July 2022. He will succeed interim CEO, Preben Liltved, who will take on a role as EVP Operations in Nekkar.

Nekkar has appointed Ole Falk Hansen as chief executive officer (CEO) of the company from 1 July 2022. He will succeed interim CEO, Preben Liltved, who will take on a role as EVP Operations in Nekkar.

 “We are pleased that Ole has accepted the role as CEO, and I must confess that we have tried bringing him on board for some time. Ole brings on valuable skills and experience within management, finance, strategy and business development. Furthermore, he has solid understanding of the ocean-based industry domain that is core to Nekkar’s business offering,” says Trym Skeie, chairman of Nekkar’s board of directors.

Ole Falk Hansen joins Nekkar after nearly five years as CEO in Beckman – a market leading backpack company headquartered in Kristiansand, Norway, exporting to 20 countries. Prior to this, Falk Hansen was CFO at MHWirth (now HMH), an international drilling technology company, and at Aker Solutions, where he held the role as Head of Strategy and M&A for the drilling business domain. Ole also has several years’ experience as a consultant with McKinsey & Company. He is a member of Baneservice AS and Northern Ocean ASA’s board of directors. He holds a master’s degree in finance from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).

“I am looking forward to taking part of Nekkar’s strategic journey going forward based on the solid industrial position of Syncrolift, and the very promising progress of the tech-enabled development projects. Hence, providing sustainable innovative solutions to existing and new industries built on great expertise and a world class industry cluster, really motivates me,” says Ole Falk Hansen.

Ole Falk Hansen will succeed interim CEO, Preben Liltved, who has served as CEO since October 2020. Ole Falk Hansen will join Nekkar on 1 July 2022. Preben Liltved will serve as interim CEO until then, and will thereafter continue in the role of EVP Operations of Nekkar.

“Preben is doing an excellent job in leading Nekkar. Both the top and bottom line have developed favourably on his watch. The order backlog is solid, and the three strategic development projects within Aquaculture, Renewables and Digital – the Starfish closed fish cage, the SkyWalker wind turbine installation tool and the Inteliwell realtime automation solution– are all respectively progressing according to plan.

We are really pleased that he will take on the role as EVP Operations in Nekkar, which will enhance his operational experience even further and will ensure valuable continuity in Nekkar’s executive management team,” adds Trym Skeie.

Both Mette Harv, EVP and Rolf Atle Tomassen in Syncrolift will continue in their present roles.