Matts Johansen to take over as CEO of Aker BioMarine

Matts Johansen will take over as CEO of Aker BioMarine following Hallvard Muri's decision to step down as chief executive officer.

Aker BioMarine today announced that Hallvard Muri has chosen to step down as chief executive officer of Aker BioMarine after close to seven years in the position. Muri will join the company's board of directors. Muri, who has worked in the Aker group since 2002, will go on to pursue other projects within the Aker group.

"I'm extremely grateful for the work Hallvard has done for Aker BioMarine and I'm happy that he will continue to be a part of Aker going forward," said Kjell Inge Røkke, principal shareholder and Chairman of Aker ASA. "Under Hallvard's leadership, the company has become a global market leader in the krill-based ingredients sector. With a near 40 per cent annual revenue growth, Aker BioMarine is now a well-run company that has moved past its challenging financial situation."

Johansen (38) comes from the position as chief operating officer where he led the development and execution efforts of the company's commercial strategy. He has been with Aker BioMarine for five years.

"Aker BioMarine has appointed a talented leader with a vision of how to take the company into the future," Røkke said.

Johansen's mandate will be to continue to develop one of Norway's most exciting biotechnology companies into a solid and predictable company, in collaboration with its employees, partners, Board of Directors and owners. Johansen will take over the position in June. 

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