Board of Directors
Andreas Sohmen-Pao is Chairman of BW Group and its listed entities, including BW Offshore, BW LPG, Hafnia, Epic Gas, BW Energy and Cadeler. He is also Chairman of the Singapore Maritime Foundation, a trustee of the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, and a Director in the Copenhagen Commercial Platform Board of Directors.
Mr Sohmen-Pao was previously Chief Executive Officer of BW Group. He has also served as a non-executive director of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd, The London P&I Club, The Esplanade Co Ltd, National Parks Board Singapore, Sport Singapore and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore amongst others.
Mr Sohmen-Pao graduated from Oxford University in England with an honours degree in Oriental Studies and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Rebekka Glasser Herlofsen
Rebekka Glasser Herlofsen has 25 years of experience from the shipping and finance industries, and has served on the management teams of leading Norwegian shipping companies such as Bergesen / BW Gas, Klaveness and Wallenius Wilhelmsen.
Ms. Herlofsen also has had significant exposure to board work through nearly 20 years of serving in different capacities on Norwegian and international boards, including as Chair, Vice-Chair, and Chair of Audit Committees.
Ms. Herlofsen recently stepped down from her position as CFO of Wallenius Wilhelmsen ASA in order to operate full time as an independent board professional, consultant, and investor. She is currently a board member of Equinor ASA, Rockwool International A/S, SATS ASA, Klaveness Combination Carriers ASA, Wilh. Wilhelmsen Holding ASA and chairman of the board of the marine insurer Norwegian Hull Club. Prior to joining Wallenius Wilhelmsen, Ms. Herlofsen was the CFO of Torvald Klaveness Group, and prior to that Director Business Development for BW Gas. Ms. Herlofsen started her career in investment banking, spending five years with Enskilda Securities in Oslo, Stockholm and London.
Throughout her career, Ms. Herlofsen has served on a number of boards, including as Chairman of Cermaq ASA, and as a member of the DNV GL board.
Ms. Herlofsen holds a degree in business («Siviløkonom») from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business, and is a certified financial analyst from the same business school.
Ms. Herlofsen is independent from the Company’s management, major shareholders and principal business associates.
Maarten R. Scholten
Maarten R. Scholten, Director has over 30 years of extensive legal, financial and operational experience in the upstream oil and gas sector.
Mr Scholten has held senior and executive positions at Schlumberger spanning two decades. During his career at Schlumberger, Mr Scholten was Director of Legal Service, Head of Finance, President Schlumberger Oilfield Services ECA (Europe, Africa and CIS), and Director Mergers & Acquisitions/Business Development.
From 2006 - 2009 he was Co-founder and Co-executive Director of Delta Hydrocarbons SA and from 2013 to 2017 he was the General Counsel at Total SA.
Mr Scholten holds a Master of Science in politics from the University of Paris (Sorbonne) and a JD Commercial Law from the University of Amsterdam. Mr Scholten is a Dutch citizen.
Mr Scholten is independent from the Company's management, major shareholders and principal business associates.
René Kofod-Olsen has more than 25 years’ experience in the shipping and energy industries.
Mr Kofod-Olsen was appointed CEO of V.Group in November 2020. He started his career in the A.P. Møller-Maersk Group, where he held a variety of executive positions in numerous countries, including Chief People Officer of the SVITZER Group, Chief Executive Officer of SVITZER Asia, Middle East & Africa. In 2012 Mr Kofod-Olsen was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Topaz Energy & Marine, a position he held until the company’s successful acquisition by the DP World Group in 2019, where he became Chief Executive Officer of the combined P&O Maritime Logistics, stepping down after its completed integration in 2020.
Mr Kofod-Olsen has pursued an Advanced Executive Program at Harvard Business School, and Senior Executive programs at INSEAD, IMD and holds a Graduate Diploma in Organization and Marketing from University of Southern Denmark.
Mr Kofod-Olsen is independent from the Company’s management, major shareholders and principal business associates.
Carl Krogh Arnet
Carl Krogh Arnet has more than 40 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry.
Mr. Arnet is currently the Chief Executive Officer of BW Energy Ltd. Prior to this role, he was the Chief Executive Officer of BW Offshore Limited. Previously, Mr. Arnet was the Managing Director of Advanced Production and Loading (APL), and had held various positions at Norsk Hydro (Statoil Hydro) and Conoco UK in the period from 1981 to 1996.
Mr. Arnet holds a M.Sc. from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and an MBA from the Norwegian School of Management (BI). He holds a number of other board memberships and chairmanships in non-related companies and was a non-executive director of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore until February 2021.
Marco Beenen holds the position as Chief Executive Officer of BW Offshore.
Mr. Beenen was appointed Chief Operation Officer of BW Offshore in 2016, responsible for the global operations and development of BW Offshore's fleet of FPSOs. He joined BW Offshore in 2012 as Vice President Business Development, followed by the position as Senior Vice President Fleet, responsible for operations in West Africa.
Mr. Beenen is Chairman of the Board of Directors of BW Ideol, and a member of the Board of Directors of BW Energy.
Prior to joining BW Offshore, Mr. Beenen has held executive positions in the Netherlands and USA as President of GustoMSC Inc and Vice President Engineering with SBM Offshore.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Naval Architecture and Offshore Hydrodynamics of Delft University of Technology.
Ståle Andreassen holds the position as Chief Financial Officer of BW Offshore.
Mr. Andreassen came from the position as SVP Finance and joined the company in 2008.
Prior to joining BW Offshore, Mr. Andreassen spent 8 years working for Deloitte in Norway and UK, where he held several positions, lastly as Senior Manager in Audit and Assurance.
Mr. Andreassen holds a MSc in Business from Bodø Graduate School of Business in Norway and an MBA from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH). He is also a state-authorised public accountant in Norway.
Kei Ikeda holds the position as Chief Operating Officer of BW Offshore.
Mr. Ikeda was appointed Head of Projects of BW Offshore in 2016. He joined the company in 2012 as Project Manager, thereafter holding the position of Senior Vice President Project Execution.
Prior to joining BW Offshore, Mr. Ikeda spent 14 years with Modec as Project Engineer and subsequently Project Manager responsible for delivery of a number of successful FPSO projects.
Mr. Ikeda holds Bachelor and Master Degrees both in Mechanical Engineering from Tokyo University, Japan.
Rune Bjorbekk holds the position as Chief Commercial Officer of BW Offshore.
Mr. Bjorbekk has 20 years experience from the oil and gas contracting sector, starting in APL (Advanced Production & Loading) in 1995. Within APL he has held several positions including Project Manager, Fabrication Manager and Head of Supply Chain. In BW Offshore, Mr. Bjorbekk has held several responsibilities including Project Manager, VP Modification Projects and SVP Asset Management & Commercial in the operating division.
Mr. Bjorbekk is responsible for all commercial activities company-wide.
He holds a M.Sc. in Offshore Technology from the University of Stavanger, Norway.
Magda K. Vakil
Magda Karim Vakil holds the position as General Counsel.
Ms. Vakil joined BW Offshore in 2008 as a member of the Corporate and Strategic Development division. Her current area of responsibility covers all legal affairs of the company.
Ms. Vakil's past experience includes in-house positions mainly within the oil & energy and finance sectors (Norsk Hydro ASA and NBIM) and private practice work as a transactional, corporate and finance lawyer (Allen & Overy, Slaughter & May and VSCF).
She graduated with a Law Degree and completed a Masters in EU Law from the Law faculty University of Lisbon in Portugal. She is admitted to the Portuguese bar and she qualified as an English Solicitor with College of Law in London.
Ms McCabe was assigned as responsible for the Corporate Integrity function in 2016, and was further appointed as Head of Corporate Integrity in 2019. She joined BW Offshore in 2014 as Global Compliance Officer.
Prior to joining BWO Ms McCabe held a senior compliance position for BT Plc based in the UK and USA and subsequently provided compliance consulting services in the Big 4, as a Director at Ernst & Young LLP and later joining KPMG LLP.
Ms McCabe graduated with an MA[Oxon] in Jurisprudence (Law) from Oxford University (Worcester College) and was awarded an LLM in International and Comparative Law from the University of Notre Dame, USA. She subsequently completed her Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School in London, UK. Ms McCabe is a Certified Corporate Compliance Professional (CCEP-I).
Mr McAreavey was appointed Head of Operational Integrity of BW Offshore in 2017. He joined the company in 2014 as Engineering Manager.
Prior to joining BW Offshore, Mr McAreavey held various engineering and technical management positions within EPC and Operating companies, including Woodside Energy and SBM Offshore.
Mr McAreavey holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Process and Chemical Engineering from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Mr McAreavey is a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Her role is to ‘enable business through people’ by facilitating and supporting line managers in the areas of organisational culture, structure and development, staffing, competence development, performance management and rewards.
Mrs Schnitler joined BW Offshore in 2017. The last 10 years she has worked in Aker Solutions and Kvaerner within HR management, quality management, continual improvement, including change and reorganisation projects. Prior to that she spent six years as a management consultant in DNV GL. Previously Schnitler worked as an approval engineer in DNV GL and worked two years in USA at the Philly Shipyard during the yard development and construction period.
Mrs Schnitler holds a MSc within Naval Architecture from NTNU, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Hans Kristian Langsrud
Mr Langsrud holds the responsibility for engineering in support of projects and for technical & maintenance support team working with our fleet.
Mr Langsrud has 20 years of experience from the oil & gas industry. He has worked on many different types of offshore and onshore developments, floaters and fixed platforms. Langsrud started his career in Astilleros Espanoles, focusing on Shuttle tankers and FPSOs, but he soon moved on to what is now Aker Solutions. At Aker he worked with engineering, and greenfield oil & gas development projects. He was Engineering Manager when he left the Company in 2011 to join BWO.
Mr Langsrud joined BWO as Engineering Manager and has held the position of Senior Vice President for Engineering since 2012.
He holds a Master of Science in Marine Technology, from the Norwegian University of Technology and Science in Trondheim.
Mr Skyum joined BW Offshore in 2014 as SVP Supply Chain and has more than 23 years’ experience within Supply Chain and Procurement. He was appointed as Head of Supply Chain in 2018.
Prior to joining BW Offshore, Mr Skyum was Director of Procurement at PwC (South east Asia), and has held several international positions in A.P. Moller Maersk.
Mr Skyum is educated within the Maersk system and has completed the Maersk International Shipping Education program and various courses at IMD.
Mr Ekløff joined BW Offshore in 2004 as SVP IT and Systems, and in 2019 he was appointed as Head of IT and Systems.
He has more than 30 years of experience within IT and Telecom, and prior to joining BW Offshore, Mr. Ekløff held positions at Ericsson and Telenor.
Mr Ekløff holds a Bachelors degree in Finance and ICT, and a Master in Management from BI, the Norwegian Business School.