Kenneth Vareide to lead DNV GL’s Digital Solutions and help its clients with their digital transformations

Kenneth Vareide to lead DNV GL’s Digital Solutions and help its clients with their digital transformations

Kenneth Vareide to lead DNV GL’s Digital Solutions and help its clients with their digital transformations

New CEO will focus on plugging customers’ skills gap

OSLO, 3-Jun-2019 — /EuropaWire/ — Kenneth Vareide will lead DNV GL’s Digital Solutions business practice. DNV GL’s Digital Solutions offer solutions for managing risk and improving asset performance. DNV GL’s Digital Solutions relies on 1,000 digital experts and the department’s services are used primarily by the oil & gas, energy, renewable and maritime industries. Kenneth Vareide has been with DNV GL since 1996  and he joined the company as as a trainee. Most recently Vareide, held the position of Digital Director in Maritime’s business area.

Digital Solutions is one of DNV GL’s business areas the company is active in, along with Maritime, Oil & Gas, Energy and Business Assurance.

Commenting on his appointment, Kenneth Vareide, said:

“DNV GL has been a digital pioneer since the 1960s and it is an exciting and challenging time to pick up the CEO’s baton, as many of our customers are navigating digital transformations. With our deep domain knowledge and digital expertise, we are ideally placed to help our customers leverage the possibilities of the fourth industrial revolution.”

The digitalization was pointed at as the leading R&D priority by oil & gas executives in a recent survey by DNV GL while the lack of relevant skills was identified as the biggest barrier. At the same time 9 out of 10 executives in the energy value chain, surveyed in DNV GL’s Digitalization and the future of energy, said that further digital skills training is needed.

Kenneth Vareide commented further:

“Our long commitment to creating value from digital technology means that we are able to combine deep domain and digital knowledge. As a company, we are in a constant dialogue with our customers and we are committed to providing solutions that bridge their digital skills gap.”

Well known and established software such as Sesam, Nauticus and Synergi, is coming from DNV GL’s Digital Solutions and the business area will continue to grow its portfolio of software-as-a-service products.

DNV GL’s data platform and industry ecosystem, Veracity, is also part of DNV GL’s Digital Solutions. Veracity boasts some 160 000 activated users and has already registered 1.2 million service subscriptions since its inception in 2017 and it acts as a secure repository for data and allows companies to access services from DNV GL or verified third parties.

Commenting on Kenneth’s appointment, Remi Eriksen, DNV GL Group President and CEO, said:

“We have put digitalization at the heart of our strategy and I am delighted that Kenneth has agreed to lead Digital Solutions at this pivotal time for DNV GL and our customers. He will continue to grow our software eco-system and the services we offer to our customers, and build on the early success of Veracity, which has already registered 1.2 million service subscriptions.”

Since Kenneth Vareide joined DNV GL as trainee in 1996 he served in different positions and capacities across DNV GL’s business areas and regions (Houston, London, Busan and Høvik), providing classification, technical and management advisory services to the maritime and oil and gas industries. Vareide holds a master’s degree in Naval Architecture from Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and a master’s degree in Technology Management from NTNU and the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH Bergen), in cooperation with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), The Sloan School of Management.

About Digital Solutions

DNV GL is a world-leading provider of digital solutions for managing risk and improving safety and asset performance for ships, pipelines, processing plants, offshore structures, electric grids, smart cities and more. Its open industry platform Veracity, cyber security, digital advisory services and software solutions support business-critical activities across many industries, including maritime, energy and healthcare.

About DNV GL

DNV GL is a global quality assurance and risk management company. Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, we enable our customers to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. Operating in more than 100 countries, our professionals are dedicated to helping customers in the maritime, oil & gas, power and renewables and other industries to make the world safer, smarter and greener.

Media contacts:

Peter Lovegrove
Media Relations and Video Production Manager
DNV GL – Group
Phone: +47 409 04 294

SOURCE: DNV GL

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