Group Management 


AKVA group management

Knut Nesse

Chief Executive Officer

Knut Nesse assumed the position as CEO in November 2019. He holds an MBA from the Norwegian school of economics and business administration (NHH) and is on the Board of several companies. Previous roles include extensive CEO experience from international leading company. 6 years as CEO of Skretting Group (part of Nutreco) (2006 – 2012) and 6 years as CEO of Nutreco (2012 – 2018). Nutreco is a global animal nutrition and fish feed company. Mr. Nesse was first elected to the Board of Directors at the general meeting 9 May 2019. Mr. Nesse later stepped down from the Board to assume the position as CEO. He is a Norwegian citizen and resides in Bryne, Norway.


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Ronny Meinkøhn

Chief Financial Officer

Ronny Meinkøhn assumed the position as CFO in August 2020. He came from Apply where he held the position as CFO for the past 6 years. He started his career as an auditor in EY in 2003. Mr. Meinkøhn holds an MSc in Finance from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH). He is a Norwegian citizen and resides in Klepp, Norway.


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Johan Fredrik Gjesdal

Chief Operating Officer Land Based

Johan Fredrik Gjesdal assumed the position as COO Land Based in October 2020. He joined AKVA group in 2017 as Vice President Strategy and Business Development. His professional experience includes management and consulting roles within strategy, M&A and operational improvement in Aker Solutions, KPMG and Accenture. Mr. Gjesdal holds a Master of Science in Industrial Economics and Technology Management from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He is a Norwegian citizen and resides in Oslo, Norway.


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Kristian Botnen

COO Sea Based Nordic

Kristian Botnen assumed the position as COO Sea Based Nordic in august 2022. He came from Lingalaks where he held the position of CEO for the past 3 years. He has experience in the salmon industry and held the position of COO in Lingalaks from 2017 to 2019. His career started in SpareBank 1 SR-Bank ASA as an advisor in 2007. Botnen holds an MSc and BSc from Handelshøyskolen BI Norway. He is a Norwegian citizen and resides in Norheimsund, Norway.


Stig Førre

Stig Førre

COO Sea Based International

Stig Førre assumed the role of COO for AKVA group's International Sea Based division in July 2023. With extensive experience in the aquaculture industry, Førre held positions such as CCO and VP of Business Development at Scale AQ. He started his career in BioMar in 1995, before entering the technology industry in 2005. He brings valuable knowledge and a passion for sustainable technologies to AKVA group's executive management team.


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Asle Kjetil Bratteli

Chief Digital Officer

Asle Kjetil Bratteli assumed the position as CDO in January 2021. He came from four years in Gartner Group where he held the position as Regional Vice President Nordic. He has extensive experience from digital transformations and optimizations from several international businesses and industries. From 2006 - 2016, he worked for Nutreco & Skretting Group, amongst others in four years as the Director for the Nutreco Competence Center. Between 1984 and 2006 he worked for EDB Business Partner in technology management positions throughout various mergers. Asle Kjetil’s academic background was Economics gained at the District College of Rogaland. He is a Norwegian citizen and resides in Stavanger, Norway.


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Maren Hognestad Sunde

Group HR Director

Maren Hognestad Sunde assumed the position as Group HR Director in June 2022. She joined AKVA group in 2020 as Learning & Development Manager. Her professional experience includes HR management and recruitment roles in O.Kavli AS, Expro and GE Oil & Gas. Mrs. Sunde holds a MSc in Human Resource Management from Griffith University in Australia. She is a Norwegian citizen and resides in Sandnes, Norway. 


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Ståle Økland

Group Director of Communications and ESG

Ståle Økland joined AKVA group in June 2021. Before that, he was a senior advisor in the Norwegian conservative party’s parliamentary group. Ståle Økland's academic background is studies in sosiology, history and German language. He started his career in the advertising industry as a copywriter with an advertising company in Stavanger, Norway. He shortly became a creative director, and later partner and managing director. In 2007 he founded a Norwegian trend agency called Domene Fem. He has been a vice mayor in Time, he is a recognised public speaker and has written seven books. Ståle Økland is a Norwegian citizen and resides in Sandnes, Norway.


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Glenn Mo

Chief Operating Officer Egersund Net

Glenn Mo assumed the position as COO Egersund Net in June 2022. He has extensive experience in the production, service and maintenance of net products. He started working in the production in Egersund Trål in the early 2000s before he joined Egersund Net in 2006. Starting in the production, he later was promoted to Project Manager and Service Manager where he led all service activities in the company for six years, before taking the position as General Manager in Egersund Net between 2020-2022. He is a Norwegian citizen and resides in Egersund, Norway.