AmCham’s 2021 AGM: New Chair & Board Members, Strong Staff Bolster Future-Oriented Footing

Ketil Nordengen, leader of both 3M’s EMEA Sales and Norway operations, was duly appointed as Chair of AmCham’s renewed Board of Directors during last week’s virtual Annual General Meeting. Microsoft’s Kristine Beitland and KPMG’s Charlie Lea were also named as the Board’s First and Second Vice Chairs, respectively.

“Working for a US company for 30-years, I’ve always been intrigued by doing business from both a Norwegian and American perspective. What can we learn from one another? I’m really motivated by interacting with other business leaders to look for opportunities to do things better,” Nordengen explained.

Notable AmCham Board Changes & Additions


New Chair

Ketil Nordengen

3M – Sales Operations Leader – EMEA, Country Leader – Norway


New First Vice Chair

Kristine Beitland

Microsoft Norge – Corporate Affairs Director


New Second Vice Chair

Charlie Lea

KPMG – Partner

Members also warmly received new Board nominees Muhammed Ali of MSD, Elisabeth Hellemose of AIG and Thomas Vogth-Eriksen of DNV. Ali, a practicing physician, leads MSD’s Norway operations while also caring for his London-based patients digitally. Hellemose, who has led both AIG’s Danish and now Norway operations, has extensive HR credentials and thrives on combining strategy with hands-on execution. Vogth-Eriksen, now serving as Director of Certification, has over 35-years of international expertise from multiple DNV Group management positions, including his eight years as CFO.

New Board Member

Muhammed Ali

MSD Norway – Managing Director

New Board Member

Elisabeth Hellemose

AIG Europe Limited – Branch Manager Norway

New Board Member

Thomas Vogt-Eriksen

DNV – Director of Certification

AmCham’s renewed Board of Directors, modestly put, has ample cross-industry scope, depth and professional experience to propel the association’s key pro-business initiatives to come.

Past and Future Calibrations

Decidedly not to be understated, and during what can only be described as a unique pandemic operating environment for non-profit AmCham, Board Treasurer Michael Klem and Managing Director Jason Turflinger commended both staff and members for their unwavering support and flexibility. “The Chamber shows a strong balance sheet and has solid financial health,” as Klem went on to detail.

In the time remaining, Turflinger presented past and future calibrations in AmCham’s many meeting, member services and advocacy offerings. “Creative, distinctive post-Covid meeting arenas, expanded sustainability-focus, awareness of policy versus industrial ambition gaps, and informed policy makers – on our international members’ contributions and value-generating pursuits – is where we’re headed,” he concluded.