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DNB’s group management team

Here you will find information about the group management team in DNB.

All photos: Stig B. Fiksdal



Rune Bjerke


Group chief executive since 2007.


Background: Former president and CEO of Hafslund ASA and president and CEO of Scancem International. Has held a number of board positions in large companies, including Renewable Energy Corporation, Storebrand, Statoil and the Norwegian Financial Services Association. Served as finance commissioner of the Oslo City Council and as a political adviser in Norway's Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.
Education: Economics degree from the University of Oslo. Master's degree in public administration from Harvard University.


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Kjerstin Braathen


Chief financial officer since 2017.


Background: Former group executive vice president Corporate Banking Norway with many years’ experience from Shipping, Offshore and Logistics (SOL) in Oslo. Joined DNB in 1999. Previous experience from Hydro Agri International.
Education: Master in Management degree from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Nice-Sophia Antipolis.



Ingjerd Blekeli Spiten


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Group executive vice president Personal banking since 2018.


Background: Current position is SVP Global Products at Telenor. Has previously worked as COO in Microsoft, and been employed in DNB for eight years, most recently as head of eBusiness. Holds a number of board positions.
Education: Graduate of BI Norwegian Business School.


Benedicte Schilbred Fasmer


Group executive vice president Corporate Banking since 2016.


Background: Former head of DNB's operations in Bergen and head of Corporate Banking in Western Norway. Joined DNB in 2015. Executive positions in Sparebanken Vest, Rieber & Søn, Argentum Asset Management and Citibank.  Board chairman in Oslo Børs VPS Holding and Oslo Børs ASA.  Has many years' experience from board positions in various industries.
Education: Graduate of the Norwegian School of Economics.



Harald Serck-Hanssen

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Group executive vice president Large Corporates and International since 2013.


Background: Former head of the Shipping, Offshore and Logistics division, SOL. Joined DNB in 1998. Previous experience from Stolt-Nielsen Shipping and Odfjell Group.
Education: BA (Hons) degree in business studies from the University of Stirling. Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD Fontainebleau.


Håkon Hansen


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Acting group executive vice president Wealth Management & Insurance since 2018.

Background: Head of Private Banking and former head of DNB Luxembourg for ten years. Started his career in DNB in 1987 in what was then called Sparebanken Buskerud and thereafter Sparebanken NOR.

Education: Graduate of BI Norwegian Business School



Ottar Ertzeid



Group executive vice president Markets since 2003.


Background: Former head and deputy head of DNB Markets, and has held various positions within the FX/Treasury area. Former chief financial officer in DNB Boligkreditt and head of finance in Realkreditt. Joined DNB in 1989. Board chairman in the Norwegian Banks' Guarantee Fund, board vice-chairman in the Norwegian Investor Compensation Scheme, board member in Oslo Børs VPS Holding and Oslo Børs AS etc.
Education: Graduate of BI Norwegian Business School.



Rasmus Figenschou

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Group executive vice president New Business since 2017.

Background: Former Head of Strategy and Corporate Development and head of division for the counties of Rogaland and Agder. Management experience from DNB’s offices in Tallinn, Estonia. Worked for a period in Singapore, and New York. Joined DNB in 2005. Previous experience as an analyst at Simmons & Company International.
Education: MBA from IMD Business School in Switzerland, Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Tufts University, College of Liberal Arts, Medford, Massachusetts.



Ida Lerner

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Group executive vice president Risk Management since 2017.


Background: Former head of DNB CEMEA in London, and head of customer analysis in Northern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Joined DNB in 2007. Previous experience from HSBC and Nordea.
Education: Bachelor of Arts from the University of Stockholm.



Mirella E. Wassiluk




Executive vice president Compliance since 2018.


Background: Former director general in the Ministry of Finance. Has previously worked in Bayerische Landesbank and in the Norwegian Central Securities Depository.
Education: Degree in economics from the University of Cologne, Germany. Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics.



Solveig Hellebust


Group executive vice president People & Operations since 2017.


Background: Former group executive vice president HR. Joined DNB in 2009. Former vice president of Human Resources and Communications at Pronova BioPharma ASA. Several years' experience from HR at Telenor and at BI Norwegian Business School as an associate professor in economics.
Education: A Doctor of Philosophy in international economics from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, a Master of Science in agricultural economics from the University of Illinois, and a Master of Science in business and economics from BI Norwegian Business School.



Alf Otterstad



Group executive vice president IT since 2017.


Background: Executive vice president ITOP Customer Solutions since 2014. Experience as section manager of ITOP Relationship and Requirements Specifications under Customer Solutions. Joined DNB in 2013. Broad experience in IT, especially within IT program and project management. Also has experience from consultancy companies and consulting activities in his own companies.
Education: Graduate engineer in IT from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), England.

Thomas Midteide


Group executive vice president Media & Marketing since 2017.

Background: Former group executive vice president Corporate Communications and Marketing, and EVP External Communications. Joined DNB in 2009. Head of Communications in SAS Norge, communications officer in VISA Norway, and TV reporter and presenter in the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, NRK.
Education: Journalist degree from Oslo University College. Subsidiary subject in political science and criminology at the University of Oslo.