The Board of Directors

1. Steinar Jøråndstad

Employee representative
Elected in 2004

Jøråndstad is an Energy Technician with Statnett and is leader of the Norwegian Electrician and IT Workers’ Union (EL&IT) and a member of the Working Environment Committee. Jøråndstad, who began his career as an apprentice in 1981, has also served as main safety delegate in Statnett. Jøråndstad is also a Municipal Councillor in Vågå and a member of Vågå Municipal Executive Board. Jøråndstad has been an employee representative on the Board of Statnett since 2004.


2. Heidi Ekrem

Board member
Elected in 2006

Ekrem is a partner in the law firm Advokatfirmaet Mageli ANS where she is involved in corporate law issues for large companies, including companies in the energy sector. Ekrem was elected to the Statnett Board of Directors in 2006.


3. Kolbjørn Almlid

Chairman of the Board
Elected in 2011

Kolbjørn Almlid is a qualified teacher. He ended his career in education as chief municipal education officer of Verran Municipality in 1991. During the period 1996-2005 he was a senior adviser in Innovation Norway and later on Division Director and Chief Executive Officer. Almlid was appointed state secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy during the Syse government (1989–1990). He was deputy Member of Parliament for Nord-Trøndelag county during the period 1989–1993 and chairman of Nord-Trøndelag county council from 1991 to 1995. He has also been the leader of the Norwegian Centre party in Nord-Trøndelag and a member of the party’s central board. Furthermore, he was a member of the municipal council and county council for 12 and 14 years, respectively.

In recent years, Almlid has also served on a number of boards such as Nord-Trøndelag electricity company, ENFO and Mid-Gas. He was elected Chair of the Board in Statnett in the spring of 2011.


4. Thor Håkstad

Deputy Chairman
Elected in 2004

Håkstad worked for Norsk Hydro for more than 30 years, where he held a number of senior executive posts and was a member of the Corporate Management Board for 10 years, until his retirement in 2004. Håkstad holds a Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He has been a member of Statnett’s Board of Directors since 2004.


5. Kjerstin Bakke

Employee representative
Elected in 2010

Kjerstin Bakke has been employed by Statnett since 1994 and is currently Head of the department responsible for operation of substations in Southern Norway, a part of the Operations Divisions. Bakke has extensive experience from different areas in Statnett. She holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).


6. Grethe Høiland

Board member
Elected in 2002

Høiland is Managing Director of Lyse AS. She has broad experience from senior executive  posts in the energy sector and has served on a number of boards. Høiland is a Graduate Engineer in Electrical Power Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and has completed a Program in Business Administration at BI Norwegian School of Management. Høiland was elected to the Statnett Board of Directors in 2002.


7. Kirsten Indgjerd Værdal

Board member
Elected in 2009

Værdal has been Director of Agriculture with the County Governor of Nord- Trøndelag since 2007. She has held several senior executive posts in the food and agriculture industry.  Værdal has served on several boards in the private and public sector. She is an agronomist and also holds degrees in finance and corporate management.


8. Pål Erland Opgård

Employee representative
Elected in 2010

Pål Erland Opgård was employed by Statnett in 1995. Since then he has been employed in the Regional Central North in Alta. Opgård holds a degree in engineering from Narvik University College. In 2010, Opgård was elected leader of the Norwegian Society of Engineers and Technologists (NITO). He has been a member of the Group's Board of Directors since 1999. Opgård has been an employee representative on the Board since 2010.


9. Per Hjorth

Board member
Elected in 2008

Hjorth is Managing Director of Newsec AS, a commercial real estate brokerage and consultancy firm. Hjorth also serves on a number of boards, and has held a number of senior executive posts in industry, finance and the energy sector. He was President and CEO of Nord Pool ASA until 2000.

Hjorth holds a degree in Economics and Business Administration from BI Norwegian School of Management and has been a member of Statnett’s Board of Directors since 2008.

Steinar JøråndstadHeidi EkremKolbjørn AlmlidThor HåkstadKjerstin BakkeGrethe HøilandKirsten Indgjerd VærdalPål Erland Opgård