OKEA appoints Svein J. Liknes as new CEOSvein J. Liknes. Photo: OKEA

OKEA appoints Svein J. Liknes as new CEO

The Board of Directors of OKEA has appointed Svein J. Liknes as new CEO of OKEA. The founder and current CEO of OKEA, Erik Haugane (68), has been in discussion with the Board about his succession for some time as Erik will retire from the CEO position in OKEA later this year.

OKEA is the operator of the Draugen field in the Norwegian Sea, which is the most important asset for the company. The field yields the largest share of the approximately 20,000 barrels of oil equivalent of oil and gas being produced by the company. OKEA also has ownership interests in the Gjøa and Ivar Aasen fields.

Svein J. Liknes (born 1972) will join OKEA on 1st June. He will leave his current role at Aker BP where he holds the position of VP Special Projects & Due Diligence. He previously served in Aker Energy both as acting CEO and Head of Operations.

Liknes also has experience as SVP Operations & Asset Development in Aker BP where he headed the Skarv Asset since 2016. He also held a similar role for the Alvheim Asset for Aker BP (then Det norske) and has broad experience with production units, from both projects and operations, in Asia and Great Britain.

Mr. Liknes has a background in the Norwegian Armed Forces and studied Nautical Science at the University of Stavanger and the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.