Aker Solutions accelerates strategic development for sustainable business, appoints new EVP

Source: press release, 10 March 2021

Aker Solutions executive vice president for sustainability and communications, Marianne Hagen
Aker Solutions executive vice president for sustainability and communications, Marianne Hagen (photo: Fotograf Sturlason/UD)

Last year, Aker Solutions established a business segment dedicated to the energy transition, such as low-carbon solutions and projects for renewable energy. Now, the company announces that it will also reduce the environmental footprint from its own operations. Marianne Hagen has been appointed executive vice president for sustainability and communications. She will be part of the executive management team and accountable for the strategic development of sustainability across Aker Solutions.

Marianne Hagen comes from an extensive career in senior positions in politics, public affairs, communications, social responsibility and environmental issues. Previous roles include deputy minister of Foreign Affairs in Norway, head of communications at the Norwegian Royal Court and several board of directors positions. She will start in her new position on March 15, reporting directly to Kjetel Digre, chief executive officer of Aker Solutions. Hagen succeeds Tove Røskaft, who has left Aker Solutions to take up her new role as Chief of Staff and Business Excellence at Aker Offshore Wind.

Aker Solutions’ strategy includes two key pillars. The first is to maintain its already strong position as a key supplier to oil and gas companies around the world. The company is well positioned for several newbuild projects and also for contracts for fields in operation in priority regions. Secondly, the aim is on rapid growth within low-carbon solutions for oil and gas, and projects for renewable energy production. By 2025, the company’s objective is that one third of the revenue should come from low-carbon oil and gas projects or from renewable energy business. By 2030, the objective is that this will count for two thirds of the revenue.

“We have already established a strong offering to the market for sustainable energy production, such as offshore wind power and projects for carbon capture. It will be equally important that our own business and that our value chain with thousands of suppliers are also sustainable. Our objective is to reduce CO2 emissions from our own operations by 50% by 2030, based on our 2019 emissions. This is essential not only for Aker Solutions, but also to our customers,” says Kjetel Digre, chief executive officer of Aker Solutions.

“In addition, we see that sustainability is also high on the agenda for the financial market, and it will be reflected in the new EU taxonomy. It is a great pleasure to welcome Marianne Hagen to drive this area,” Digre adds.

“The energy transition presents us with unprecedented challenges, but even more with opportunities to build new industries and create value. I believe the innovative competence within the engineering, technology and contracting companies, with hundreds of thousands of employees around the world, is key to this transition. I am excited to join the Aker Solutions team. This is in my opinion one of the best placed organisations to #PowerTheChange,” says Marianne Hagen, onboarding executive vice president.