Bjørn Simonsen was appointed as Safelink’s new CEO on 1 September.

Long experience
Simonsen has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and the process and service industry. In recent years, he has served as an advisor and consultant for several players in the industry. Simonsen also has experience from key roles in Lundin Norway, Det Norske Oljeselskap/Aker BP, Norsk Hydro, Stauper Offshore AS and TS Group AS and TS-Technology AS during the period 2005–2012. He was CEO at the subsidiary TS-Technology AS until it was sold to the American company Cameron (part of the Schlumberger concern).

‘We are very pleased to have Bjørn Simonsen join the team’, says Safelink’s Chairman of the Board, Knut Bråthen. Simonsen’s extensive experience in the industry combined with his technical expertise and genuine interest in Safelink’s business is a major boost for our small but highly competent team.

‘I am looking forward to taking on the role and contributing to Safelink’s future growth’, says Simonsen. I can see that the company’s offshore lifting technology solutions makes it well positioned in the rapidly growing market for offshore wind in Norway and internationally.

Increase in staff numbers
In the past year, Safelink has increased its international workforce with five new employees. In addition to strengthening the management, this provides much-needed resources for the entire organisation. The appointment of Bjørn Simonsen means that Ole Christiansen, our administrative director, and Andre Holthe, our commercial director, have significantly more time to work actively with the company’s customers and partners. Safelink now has 15 employees.