New Chairman at GCE Subsea

Jon Arve Sværen is the new chairman of the board at GCE Subsea.

Published: 19 April 2017
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Jon Arve Sværen

The GCE Subsea annual general meeting was held 18 April, and Jon Arve Sværen was elected new chairman of the board of the subsea cluster.

Sværen is currently employed as VP Business Strategy Processing in OneSubsea. – I am humble, yet proud of being asked to take the position as Chairman of the GCE Subsea board, he says.

– I am convinced that subsea technology has a bright future despite the current downturn in the industry. Subsea technology will be required to optimise oil production from the many challenging field developments and tail-end production of mature fields in the world, Sværen continues.

– Norway as a country, has for decades already been in the absolute forefront of subsea technology developments on a global scale. The innovative nature of the Norwegian oil industry in general, and the subsea part of it in particular, has also been an early adaptor of new technology. GCE Subsea is a fantastic platform for making this continue also in the future – cooperation is a very underrated and underutilised resource. The management and administration of GCE Subsea has done a fine job in fostering a culture for the opposite, he declares.

– I hope that I, in the position as Chairman, can be a good partner and contributor for continued success in this area.

As an industry, we have challenges, both with regards to the market and the perceived cost levels, challenges that the industry has already come a long way in tackling. Another big challenge, in which we need to engage even harder, is the lack of popularity of our industry among the young generation of professionals and new students. Also in this area GCE Subsea will have an important role to play, Sværen concludes.

GCE Subsea Board

– The nomination committee has, in my opinion, put together a very experienced Board with extensive subsea and business expertise, says Owe Hagesæther, CEO at GCE Subsea.

In addition to the new chairman, we also welcome the new members of the board. The following is the GCE Subsea Board elected in April 2017:

  • Jon Arve Sværen, VP, OneSubsea
  • Tove Ormevik, Offshore Installation Manager Skarv SPFO, Aker BP
  • Elin Sjødin Drange, Head of Business Development, Municipality of Bergen
  • Mads Arild Eidem, Head of Section for Materials & Subsea Operations, DNV GL Bergen
  • Lasse Ståløy, CEO, Radøygruppen
  • Magnar Aaland, Managing Director, Advantec Group
  • Silje Skarstein, Head of Services Norway, Aker Solutions
  • Sissel Rogne, Managing Director, Institute of Marine Research
Jon Arve Sværen

Started in Framo after graduation (Bergen Ingeniørhøgskole) in 1979.

Various positions in engineering project management and sales in the Marine and Offshore div. of Framo through to 1994.

Sales responsibility for the contract 3 subsea satellites for Norsk Hydro Oseberg field.

Sales Director in 1994 with Global Sales responsibility for the complete product portfolio of Framo Engineering.

Participated in the establishment of OneSubsea (2011-2015) including temporary posting in Houston for a few years, serving as VP Subsea Processing in executive team.

Contact Information:

Owe Hagesæther

Chief Executive Officer
+47 908 75 888
owe.hagesaether@gcesubsea.no