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World Oil: Google, Chevron execs say industry must keep up with data transformation, other tech trends

At the Norwegian Energy Day on Tuesday, March 19, hosted by the Norwegian Consulate General and several corporate sponsors, speakers from Google and Chevron told the audience that the oil and gas industry needs to do more, and do it faster, to adapt to the digital transformation and other related trends. “The oil and gas industry, in my mind, is behind in adopting emerging technology,” said Darryl Willis, V.P. for Oil, Gas & Energy at Google Cloud. Willis is uniquely positioned to comment on the situation, given his position at Google Cloud, as well as a 25-year oil and gas pedigree before that, which includes a number of increasingly responsible roles at BP, plus a 2 ½-year stint at TNK-BP.

Read entire article HERE.

E24: Høyres Heidi Nordby Lunde mener at Petter Stordalens forslag til skatt på digitale tjenester kan bidra til jobbflukt og dobbeltbeskatning.

– Jeg er ikke prinsipielt mot beskatning av utenlandske selskaper, men jeg må innrømme at dette ikke er spesielt gode forslag, sier Nordby Lunde. 

Utspillet fra Nordby Lunde kom etter at Petter Stordalen denne uken la frem to forslag til Stortingets finanskomité om skatt for digitale selskaper, som Facebook, Google og Booking.com. 

Høyre-politikeren mener at forslagene vil skape et diskriminerende skattesystem, som gjør at vi risikerer at bedrifter investerer i andre land enn Norge.

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Næringsforeningen: Ren energi lokker gigantene

IT-gigantene er på vei inn i regionen. Jakten på ren energi er drivkraften. Det kan på sikt få svært positive følger både for næringsetablering og omstilling i regionen.

Det handler i bunn og grunn om behov for strøm, og i høy grad fornybar energi. 

I løpet av året skal Microsoft sitt nye dataanlegg være i drift i Stavanger-regionen, et anlegg som skal serve både et lokalt og internasjonalt marked. 

Ingen vet hvor anlegget skal ligge og eksakt når det vil være i drift, bare at Stavanger-regionen er et av to steder i landet hvor Microsoft har ønsket å etablere et senter. Kanskje blir det på Green Mountains anlegg på Rennesøy, kanskje et annet sted. Plasseringen er fortsatt en hemmelighet.

– Stavanger-regionen og Norge er valgt på grunn av både beliggenheten, infrastruktur, god fibertilknytning og fordi regionen sentralt koblet til i forhold til traseer i verden. Disse dataregionene skal ikke bare serve det norske markedet, men må også sees som et ledd i det globale nettverket. Det vi nå bygger i Norge gjør også at globale selskaper kan flytte data inn i Norge for å nå sine kunder i landet, sa direktør for Azure+Al i Microsoft Norge, Christopher Frenning, på et møte i regi av Næringsforeningen for kort tid siden.

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AmCham Mentorship Program 2016 Summary

AmCham has rounded off a successful debut year of the Mentorship Program, where mentors and mentees from eight Patron member businesses were paired across industries to exchange experiences and learn from each other.

Kristian Røkke, Akastor, and Benjamin Kuban, AmCham, at the first Mentorship Program common session.

AmCham Norway introduced the Mentorship Program in 2016 as Patron member benefit, aiming to promote inter-industry dialogue and to provide a platform where young professionals and experienced international leaders can share best practices and gain new perspectives.

The participating companies, all members of the Fortune 500 list, are McDonald’s, AIG, 3M, Citibank, Abbott, IBM, Google and MSD. All participants were therefore paired across from industries to add further substance to the learning experience.

“Direct employee feedback is a gift to any corporation. One of my reflections of this mentoring relationship was around how to harness that information and use it to make positive changes that will also benefit the bottom line,” former McDonald’s Norway Country Director, Lauren Cody said about the program.

Lasting from March 2016 until the end of the year, mentors and their mentees met over the course of eight planned sessions, discussing various themes related to leadership and insight into how to succeed in a top-level business environment.

“I really appreciated the opportunity to discuss career and personal goals with someone outside my own company. Additionally, it provided me with an objective view of various opportunities and values to consider as a whole,” Wenche Setsaas, the mentee representing Citibank said, at the final meeting for the 2016 program, hosted at Google’s offices in Oslo.

Asked to reflect on the Mentorship Program, both mentors and mentees concluded it was a highly enjoyable and educational experience- particularly as the program enabled two-way exchange of ideas.

“On a general note, I valued the opportunity to share my ideas, but also learned from my mentee and learnt about her organization,” Jan Grønbech, country manager of Google Norway, said.

“For me, the sessions were a helpful reminder of some of the frustrations, barriers, as well as motivations faced by talented people in large, complex organizations.

“It made me reflect more about what I can do as a leader within my own business to remove barriers and bring clarity about the why we are doing things in a certain way versus just talking about what we are all doing,” Cody explained when talking about her own experience as a mentor.

The final session, a plenum gathering discussing experiences and ideas for the Mentorship Program in 2017, also featured guest speaker Maalfrid Brath, Managing Director at Manpower Group Norway, who highlighted key employment points and trends.

Host of the closing session, Jan Grønbech, Google, giving a summery the 2016 Mentorship Program.

AmCham Norway is now in the planning-phase of the 2017 Mentorship Program and we are looking to increase the number of participating companies. Please contact us at Didrik.ottesen@amcham.no for more information.

Summary AmCham Norway’s 16th Annual Golf Tournament

22 teams enjoyed a spirited competition and comradery at Losby Golf Club as we hosted our 16th annual golf tournament, with Patron member Sapa’s team eventually claiming the prestigious Søderstrøm Cup and round-way trip to the U.S., courtesy of United.


Warm-up: 22 teams gathered for the pre-tournament announcements.

A packed flight of 88 players worked their way through a tough 18-holes, with some added chances for individual prizes along the way – such as Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive and a Putting competition, before enjoying a well-prepared BBQ dinner and the awards ceremony.

The top seven places received prizes for their efforts, with Team Sapa narrowly edging Team Badger OS to claim the first prize through two strokes on the final nine, after both teams ended on an equal 61, 7 score. Team McDonald’s secured the third place.


Seven individual prizes were also awarded, as Kjell Nordby and James McGovern, both from the U.S. Embassy team, claimed two of the three Closest to the Pin prizes with Morten Haukedal from Team Global Blue, collecting the third.

Furthermore, August Karlseng, Team Elavon and Siri Jetzel, Team Google, won the Longest Drive competition for men and women respectively, before Barrie Kirk, team Badger OS and Brede Svarem from Team U.S. Embassy went head-to-head in the put-off competition.

Being the only two players to successfully read the green, Svarem and Kirk had the honor of concluding the last event of the day. In the increasingly heavy rain, Brede Svarem sunk his put and could consequently celebrate winning a dinner for ten people including free shuffle board time, courtesy of Hard Rock Café.


Focus: Brede Svarem from Team U.S. Embassy sunk this put to claim the put-off prize.

We would like to thank all participants and sponsors for their sportsmanship, enthusiasm and generosity as one of the country’s largest corporate golf tournaments would not be a reality without you.

In addition to this year’s lead sponsors, we would also like to thank our following partners for their generous product support:

Coca-Cola – Carlson Rezidor – Lockheed Martin – Losby Golf Club – Sapa – Grant Thornton – Frank Grønsund Agentur – Hard Rock Cafe Oslo – Hardanger Bestikk.

Final Results:

Team Sapa
Team Badger OS
Team McDonald’s

Closest to pin:

Hole six: Kjell Nordby (Team U.S. Embassy)
Hole eight: Kjell Nordby (Team Badger OS)
Hole 10: James McGovern (Team U.S. Embassy)

Longest Drive:

Men: August Karlseng (Team Elavon)

Women: Siri Jetzel (Team Google)

Put Off:

Brede Varem (Team U.S. Embassy)


Winners: Team United is handed the trophy by Jan Søderstrøm.