Senior Management

Certain biographical information about each of the executive officers in SFL is set forth below.

Ole B. Hjertaker
Chief Executive Officer
Aksel C. Olesen
Chief Financial Officer
Trym Otto Sjølie
Chief Operating Officer
Thecla Panagides
Chief Accounting Officer
André Reppen
Chief Treasurer & Senior Vice President
Mikkel Storm Weum
Vice President, Business Development
Marius Furuly
Vice President, Finance
Ole B. Hjertaker has served as Chief Executive Officer since 2009, and served as Chief Financial Officer of the Company from 2006 to 2009. Prior to joining SFL, Mr. Hjertaker was employed in the Corporate Finance division of DNB Markets, a leading shipping and offshore bank. Mr. Hjertaker has extensive corporate and investment banking experience, mainly within the Maritime and Transportation industries, and holds a Master of Science degree from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration.
Aksel C. Olesen joined SFL in January 2019 serving as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining SFL, he spent 12 years at Pareto Securities where he worked in various positions in the firm’s investment banking division, including as Head of Investment Banking Asia in Singapore from 2011 to 2014 and most recent as Head of Shipping and Offshore Project Finance. Mr. Olesen started his career working for the shipping company Kristian Jebsens Rederi as part of the legal, business development and finance team. Mr. Olesen holds a Law Degree from the University of Bergen.
Trym Otto Sjølie joined SFL in 2018 as Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Sjølie has a background spanning 25 years in the shipping industry in diverse capacities, ranging from asset management, technical and operational management, chartering and engineering. Prior to joining SFL, Mr. Sjølie served as the MD of a shipping fund with a fleet of vessels across multiple asset classes. He previously worked for Höegh Autoliners, a leading car carrier operator, from 1998 to 2010. Mr Sjølie also has experience in vessel design and operations of shuttle tankers, FSOs and FPSOs. Mr. Sjølie holds a MSc degree in Marine engineering and Naval Architecture from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and a MMa Degree from BI Norwegian Business School.
Thecla Panagides joined SFL in 2010 serving as Chief Accounting Officer. Mrs. Panagides holds an Honour's degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Birmingham and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Prior to joining SFL Mrs. Panagides served as Chief Accountant in Frontline Corporate Services for four years and has held positions at Coca-Cola Hellenic and Ernst & Young.
André Reppen joined SFL in 2008 as an analyst and later took a position as Vice President before moving up to his current role as Chief Treasurer and Senior Vice President. Prior to joining SFL, Mr. Reppen worked for PwC in the Shipping and Financial Services department as an industry analyst and transaction and corporate structuring advisor. Mr. Reppen holds an MBA in addition to a Master of Science degree from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration. Mr. Reppen is also a CEFA charterholder.
Mikkel Storm Weum joined SFL in 2018 serving as Vice President, Business Development. Prior to joining SFL, Mr. Weum worked as Vice President, Head of Commercial in Teekay Offshore with focus on Shuttle Tankers and Floating Offshore storage (FSO) activities. Mr. Weum has work experience in vessel design, new build project management in addition to business development and chartering. Mr. Weum holds a Master’s degree in Naval Architecture from Newcastle University and a Master of Science in Shipping Trade and Finance from Cass Business School, City University in London.
Marius Furuly joined SFL in 2019 serving as Vice President, Finance. Prior to joining SFL, Mr. Furuly worked at Carnegie Investment Bank as a senior equity research analyst covering the shipping industry. Before that, he worked in Carnegie’s investment banking division focusing on shipping, offshore and oil services. Also, Mr. Furuly has previously worked in the shipping lending division of Nordea and in the freight division of DFDS. Mr. Furuly holds a BBA degree with a specialisation in finance from BI Norwegian Business School