Geir Karlsen has been appointed new chief executive of Norwegian Air Shuttle, effective immediately.
“I am pleased to announce that Geir Karlsen on request of the board has accepted the job as chief executive of Norwegian.
“Karlsen has successfully led the financial reconstruction of Norwegian and has the competencies, focus, trust and dedication that makes him the best choice as chief executive of Norwegian,” said Svein Harald Øygard, chair of the Norwegian board.
“As travel bans now are about to be lifted, Norwegian stands ready to offer thousands of flights to our customers in the Nordics and abroad.
“In parallel, further efforts will be made to strengthen Norwegian’s position as a low-cost airline and to return the company to sustainable profitability.
“Geir is the ideal chief executive to lead these efforts,” said Øygard.
Karlsen has held the position of chief financial officer with Norwegian since April 2018.
From July 2019 to December 2019, he was acting chief executive officer.
He has extensive experience from listed companies within shipping and offshore.