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AmCham 2022 AGM & Transatlantic Business Assembly

AmCham Annual General Meeting & Transatlantic Business Assembly

Joined by valued members and key government stakeholders, AmCham board members and staff hosted another successful Annual General Meeting and Transatlantic Business Assembly. Simultaneously serving as, what one speaker dubbed, the ‘unofficial housewarming party’ as well as host, Simula welcomed guests to their newly opened downtown Oslo campus for an evening of financial disclosures, political debate, and American wine – supported by 1000 Stories Bourbon Barrel Aged wines. 

With only one departure, AmCham’s board of directors was reconfirmed for another term, with 3M’s Ketil Nordengen again taking the position of chair. Ketil shared his thoughts on the solid work AmCham has done throughout 2021 and 2022 in supporting the transatlantic relationship and business ties between the US and Norway, and expressed his appreciation for the strong political ties between the two countries as Europe faces war so close to home.

Speaking to the many initiatives taken on by the chamber in the past year, as well as upcoming issues of advocacy and member engagement, each of AmCham’s four staff members discussed their particular area of focus and considerations for the coming months.

Following this summary of AmCham’s work was the annual Transatlantic Business Assembly, this year with key note speeches from US Embassy Charges d’Affaires Sharon Hudson-Dean as well as Member of Parliament and Chair of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Ine Eriksen Søreide. After two deeply thoughtful addresses on the importance of transatlantic allyship and trade-partnership, accompanied by disavowal of the current aggressions against Ukraine, Hudson-Dean and Søreide were joined by Norse Atlantic Airways CEO Bjørn Tore Larsen, 3M Country Lead and Director Global ECO Sales Effectiveness, Ketil Nordengen, and DNV’s Director of Certification Thomas Vogth-Eriksen for a panel discussion on the state of transatlantic business relationships.

Reflecting on the current ‘perfect storm’ of conflict, food shortages and energy crises, panelists discussed the role of the transatlantic relationship. Each expressed optimism in their views on the EU-US partnership moving forward – whether represented through the Supplementary Defence Cooperation Agreement, the upcoming Trade and Technology Council, or collaborations coming out of COP26.

AmCham was thrilled to have been able to host such a thoughtful and provocative discussion amongst these business and political stalwarts and looks forward to the year ahead. It will surely be filled with creative collaborations, acute political involvement, and strong member-relationships.

AmCham Board of Directors

Ketil

Chair

Ketil Nordengen

3M – Director Global ECO Sales Effectiveness

Kristine-Beitland

First Vice Chair

Kristine Beitland

Microsoft Norge – Corporate Affairs Director

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Second Vice Chair

Charlie Lea

KPMG – Partner

Treasurer

Michael Klem

SR-Bank Forretningspartner – Associate

 

Liaison

Vidar Keyn

US Embassy – Head of Commercial Section

Director

Muhammed Ali

MSD Norway – Managing Director

Director

Andreas Berg

Tailormade Consulting – Managing Director

Director

Per Hynne

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners Norway – Head of Public Affairs, Communication & Sustainability

Director

Elisabeth Hellemose

AIG Europe Limited – Branch Manager Norway

Director

Pål Rokke

Citi Norway – Country Officer

Director

Stanley Stewart

Partner – DLA Piper

Director

Trine Strømsnes

Cisco Norge – Managing Director

Director

Thomas Vogth-Eriksen

DNV – Director of Certification

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

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

Ketil

New Chair

Ketil Nordengen

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

Kristine-Beitland

New First Vice Chair

Kristine Beitland

Microsoft Norge – Corporate Affairs Director

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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.

AmCham Names New Chair & Board Members, Highlights Strong 2019 Performance, and Charts Ambitious Path Forward at 2020 AGM

AmCham Names New Chair & Board Members, Highlights Strong 2019 Performance, and Charts Ambitious Path Forward at 2020 AGM

AmCham member company representatives joined Managing Director Jason Turflinger and the AmCham Board of Directors for this year’s Webex-based AmCham Annual General Meeting (AGM).

In the most notable Board change in several years, Roche Managing Director Rajji Mehdwan will take over for Citi Managing Director Pål Rokke as Board Chair.

In his outgoing speech, Rokke noted he was proud of all that AmCham achieved during his tenure as Chair, highlighting AmCham’s considerable expansion and the “combined efforts of the AmCham staff to ensure that member companies received all the assistance an AmCham should provide, from expanding market access to business assistance to professional development.”

Rokke, however, concluded his speech by looking at the future, highlighting the critical role AmCham will play in assisting the international business community through the COVID-19 crisis.

“In a crisis like this, long-term relationships are important, and that’s what AmCham will continue to focus on – the long-term cultivation of commerce and collaboration between our two countries and governments.”

AmCham would like to thank Rokke for serving as Board Chair for the past seven years and is pleased to announce that he will continue to play an important role in AmCham’s future development by continuing to serve on the Board.

Incoming Chair Mehdwan then made her first remarks to digitally assembled member company representatives, noting her excitement to lead AmCham given its unique position as the meeting place for international business leaders in Norway.

“AmCham has unique, very compelling role as a leading organization advocating for international and transatlantic business. And that’s particularly true in an extraordinary time like we all are in now.”

Notable AmCham Board Changes & Additions

Rajji

New Chair

Rajji Mehdwan

Roche Norge – General Manager

Trine

New Director

Trine Strømsnes

Cisco Norge – Managing Director

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New Director

Stan Stewart

DLA Piper Norway – Partner

Like Rokke, Mehdwan touched on the evolving COVID-19 situation, highlighting that AmCham member companies will play a key role in helping local communities tackle challenges presented by the virus.

“I have heard many stories about technology and equipment companies lending their expertise to help other organizations and the public sector. It is really cool to see member companies pitching in and doing their best to help our community.”

Other Board changes included the departures of ExxonMobil Managing Director Jan Åge Hansen and Geir Christian Lysberg, and the additions of Cisco Managing Director Trine Strømsnes and DLA Piper Partner Stan Stewart. AmCham would like to thank Hansen and Lysberg for their extensive contributions to AmCham during their respective periods on the Board.

Strategic Priorities

In addition to Board changes, AmCham Treasurer Michael Klem highlighted a robust non-profit year for AmCham in 2019. This will give AmCham a strong foundation for sustained growth and success through 2020.

In the year to come, AmCham will publish a wide range of reports and business publications, headlined by the release of our coming Multinational Companies in Norway report in cooperation with Abelia. AmCham will furthermore continue to expand our business services and advocacy initiatives in the wake of recent global and domestic economic developments, solidifying our position as the voice of international business in Norway and playing a key part in Norway’s economic dugnad in response to COVID-19.

Hellemose speaking
AIG's Elisabeth Hellemose presenting at a gathering of our Mentoring Program

Expanding upon AmCham’s strategic priorities, Turflinger noted that “collaboration with and trust in AmCham’s exceptional member companies is a must for their further expansion in Norway and the US. We will do our part build upon all public-sector collaborations, and reinforce the hard-earned trust in our dynamic, long-term oriented member companies.”

In addition, member initiatives such as the AmCham Mentorship Program, Rising Leaders, our various industry-specific working groups, our timely cross-industry forums, and popular US Election series will continue – all carried out by AmCham’s capable, engaged staff.