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WALLENIUS Wilhelmsen has a new president and CEO as of 1 June ­– Lasse Kristoffersen has stepped into the role.

Mr Kristoffersen said he had been looking forward to officially taking up the role.

“I have spent the last few weeks building my knowledge about the company and will now focus on getting to know our clients and our people,” he said.

“It’s very important to me to get a good sense of our company culture as well as our clients’ needs now and in the future. This will help me understand our opportunities for growth and development. I therefore look very much forward to visiting several of our offices and clients over the coming weeks.”

Mr Kristoffersen joins Wallenius Wilhelmsen from Torvald Klaveness, where he has worked for the past 15 years, serving as President and CEO since 2011.

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Before Klaveness, Mr Kristoffersen worked for 11 years in Det Norske Veritas. He holds a master of science in naval architecture and marine engineering from The Norwegian University of Sciences and Technology.

WW Board chair Rune Bjerke welcomed Mr Kristoffersen, saying, “with his background and experience, we are confident that he, together with our experienced team, will continue to strengthen the company’s competitive advantage, and steer Wallenius Wilhelmsen into the future, for the benefit of our customers, employees, investors, and civil society.”

Mr Kristoffersen said he is convinced that Wallenius Wilhelmsen can shape the future of shipping and logistics, both with regards to application of technology and development of green and sustainable solutions.

“My main job is to mobilise all the talented people at Wallenius Wilhelmsen, to ensure that we create the solutions for the challenges of tomorrow.”

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