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NHST Media Group AS appoints new Group CFO

Press release   •   Jun 27, 2019 08:52 UTC

Baard Haugen (63) has been appointed Group CFO of NHST Media Group and will join the Group Management Team by early September. Haugen comes from a similar position at Elopak, a Norway-based, international supplier of paper-based packaging solutions for liquid food.

Haugen has experience from management positions both in finance and operations in several private and listed companies with extensive international activities. He has been with Elopak since 2011 with responsibility for finance, IT and legal, and for a period also served as acting CEO. Before joining Elopak, he was CFO of the shipping company The Torvald Klaveness Group. His previous experience includes several management positions with Elkem, a Norway-based industrial group. Haugen also has experience from the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. He holds a Master’s degree from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).

- NHST Media Group faces significant challenges due to the digitalisation of the media industry. Baard will be an important contributor to the ongoing transition towards new revenue sources while at the same time ensuring profitability in our existing activities. The combination of Baard’s finance background and operational management experience makes him very well suited for the position and I’m very pleased that he wants to join NHST, says Hege Yli Melhus Ask, CEO of NHST Media Group.

Haugen comments that he is very excited about joining the media industry. – The media industry was hit by disruption at a time when most of us had barely pronounced the word. Now, even traditional industries are forced to implement fundamental changes due to new technology and digitalisation. I believe that my experience from turnaround and change processes at other companies will be relevant to NHST Media Group’s future business development and continued operational improvements, he says.

Haugen succeeds Hans Lysheim, who after 10 years has decided to leave the Group.

- Hans has made very valuable contributions to NHST Media Group during a period dominated by fast and sweeping changes to the industry. I would like to thank him for his contributions and wish him the best of luck going forward, Ask says.

Oslo, 27 June 2019

For additional comments:

Appointed Group CFO NHST Media Group, Baard Haugen: (+47) 977 28 294

CEO NHST Media Group, Hege Yli Melhus Ask: (+47) 414 42 952

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