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Havila Voyages Strengthens its Management Team

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Havila Voyages Strengthens its Management Team

Havila Voyages strengthens its management team with the hiring of Mette Øyen as their new CMO. At the same time, Aleksander Røynesdal starts in the role of new CFO.

On Friday, March 1st, Aleksander Røynesdal (44) starts as the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Havila Voyages. Røynesdal comes from the position of COO at Norgas Carriers and has extensive experience in shipping and maritime transport.

"We have been looking forward to welcoming Aleksander to the company. We are now entering a phase where we need to find long-term and sustainable financing for our company. Aleksander will naturally play an important role in this, and with his broad experience and expertise, we are confident that we will find good solutions for Havila Voyages that will strengthen us financially," says CEO Bent Martini.

Røynesdal is looking forward to taking on his new tasks.

"It is good to be up and running, and I have been so lucky that I have already met many of my new colleagues and gotten to know the company a little. This will be challenging and exciting," he says.

New Chief Marketing Officer
Since the start of the year, Havila Voyages has been in the process of finding a new Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) for the company. In competition with over 80 applicants, the choice fell on Mette Øyen (44), who comes from the role of Director Marketing & Branding at Widerøe.

"Based on the number of applicants, and not least the number of highly qualified applicants, it is clear that we are an attractive company. It has been tough competition to get the opportunity to work with marketing and branding for Havila Voyages, and we are really looking forward to having such a solid and experienced person as Mette on the team," says Martini.

Øyen has extensive experience in marketing and branding within several industries and has for the past 5 years been responsible for revitalizing Widerøe's brand.

"Mette understands our social mission, has long and relevant experience, and is a person we are sure will fit in very well with us. We are still a fairly new company and need to strengthen our market position if we are to achieve our ambitious goals. We are confident that Mette will be a great asset to us," he says.

Until Øyen is in place, Lasse A. Vangstein will continue to hold the role of Chief Communications and Marketing Officer at Havila Voyages.

"Lasse took on the challenge when we needed to fill the role of CMO last summer, and he will continue to play an important role for us as Chief Communications Officer (CCO) when Mette starts in the company. The fact that we will also have an even greater focus on communication, PR, sustainability, and community outreach in the future will be important, in addition to the fact that communication and marketing will naturally work closely together," explains Martini.

Øyen is scheduled to start in her new role on September 1, 2024.

"I am proud and humbled to have been chosen to lead the marketing department at Havila Voyages. This is an exciting company with ambitious plans for the future, and I couldn't say no to this opportunity. As a native of Sunnmøre, it feels a bit like coming home, and I look forward to spending more time among fjords and mountains," says Øyen.

"Havila Voyages is not like any other company. They dare to focus on the unique and offer a travel experience you can't find anywhere else. With a clear focus on sustainability, everything is in place for the future. Together with the marketing team, we will ensure that even more people get their eyes on this fantastic journey, both domestically and internationally. It will not be an easy journey, but that is what motivates me. I have extensive experience in building strong brands, and I know what it takes to succeed in a competitive market. With creative ideas and hard work, we will inspire people to discover the beautiful Norwegian coast with Havila Voyages," she concludes.



The Havila Voyages is a Norwegian shipping company that sails the classic coastal voyage between Bergen and Kirkenes with the Norwegian coast's most environmentally friendly ships.

The four new ships are loaded with the world's largest battery pack, and can sail for four hours without noise or emissions through vulnerable fjords. The batteries are charged with clean hydropower at shore, and when the batteries are low we switch to natural gas which cuts CO2 by around 25 %.

The hull is specially designed for maximum energy efficiency, and excess heat from cooling water and sea used for heating on board. On the menu are locally made dishes from local producers, and all unnecessary plastic is avoided. We are already exceeding the authorities' requirements for cutting emission, and we have set sail with zero emissions as the future target.

The Havila Voyages is part of the Havila Group that dates back to the 1950s. It all started when the founder, Per Sævik, bought his first fishing boat in his teens. From fishing and herring fishing, Havila is now a group operating in shipping technology, offshore, transport and tourism.


Lasse A. Vangstein

Lasse A. Vangstein

Press contact Chief Communications & Marketing Officer Communication, marketing & sustainability +47 93449954

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