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
Jannicke Eilertsen
Compliance Officer
Mikkel Storm Weum
Senior Vice President, Business Development
Marius Furuly
Vice President, Finance & Investor Relations
Johannes Eckhoff
Vice President, Business Development
Ole B. Hjertaker serves as Chief Executive Officer, and served as Chief Financial Officer of the Company from 2006 to 2009. Mr. Hjertaker holds a Master of Science degree from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration. 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. Mr. Hjertaker also serves as a chairman of NorAm Drilling and director of Frontline.
Aksel C. Olesen serves as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Olesen holds a Law Degree from the University of Bergen. 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.
Trym Otto Sjølie serves 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 serves 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 serves as Chief Treasurer and Senior Vice President. Mr. Reppen holds an MBA in Finance in addition to the Authorised Financial Analyst title from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration. Prior to joining SFL in 2008, Mr. Reppen worked for PwC in the Shipping and Financial Services department as a transaction and corporate structuring advisor. Mr. Reppen is also a CEFA charterholder.
Jannicke Eilertsen serves as Compliance Officer. Ms. Eilertsen holds a Master of Laws from the University of Oslo and studied maritime laws at the University of Southampton. Ms. Eilertsen worked at Advokatfirmaet Wiersholm as a Senior Associate in the Compliance and Investigations department. At Wiersholm, Ms. Eilertsen worked with several privately and publicly owned companies on cross-border matters concerning anti-bribery and corruption, anti-money laundering and sanctions. Also, Ms. Eilertsen has experience from the FD&D department at Gard (UK) Ltd in London and from Rolls-Royce Marine AS as legal counsel.
Mikkel Storm Weum serves as Senior Vice President, Business Development. 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. 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.
Marius Furuly serves as Vice President, Finance & Investor Relations. Mr. Furuly holds a BBA degree with a specialisation in finance from BI Norwegian Business School. 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.
Johannes Eckhoff serves as Vice President, Business Development. Mr. Eckhoff holds a Master of Science degree in Finance from the Norwegian School of Economics. Prior to joining SFL, Mr. Eckhoff worked for Fearnleys in the Sale and Purchase department as a shipbroker and Team Lead on Vessel Valuations. Mr. Eckhoff has work experience in vessel sale and purchase transactions, chartering and ship valuation.