Management Team

The Grieg Star Management Team, lead by CEO Matt Duke, oversees day-to-day business. They meet weekly to implement strategies and plans approved by the Board, and to ensure holistic operations. The team consists of leaders from all parts of our business.

Matt Duke

Matt Duke

Group CEO

Matt has been working within digital technology for over 20 years and has worked in the shipping industry for the last 16,  leading global digital and IT organisations within Odfjell, and more recently  leading the commercial maritime digital platform team at Kongsberg Digital. He came to Grieg Star in 2018, bringing his background of business process innovation both as a shipping professional and as a technology supplier & innovator. Matt took over as CEO in July 2019. He is educated with Bachelor of Sciences degree (Sunderland University) focusing on Environmental science and sustainable development. Matt is board member of ScanReach, a Maritime IoT startup based in Bergen, Norway as well in Grieg Logistics.

Annicken Kildahl

Annicken Kildahl

Chief Financial Officer

Annicken has a Master of Business and Economics from the Norwegian School of Management and is a Certified Financial Analyst (AFA). Prior to joining Grieg Star in 2000, she was Assistant General Manager of Union Bank of Norway and before that Financial and Project Analyst in The Torvald Klaveness Group. Annicken is part of the board of directors in several Grieg Group companies, board member and audit comittee chair in Ocean Yield ASA as well as chair of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Assocition’s Social Security Fund and NSA’s Tax and Capital Group.

Vidar Lundberg

Vidar Lundberg

Chief Business Development Officer

Vidar has been working as VP Finance in Grieg for 5 years before starting his new Business Development position in 2017. He has 15 years of consulting, finance and investment experience and joined Grieg in 2012 after spending several years working in the private equity sector. Vidar has a Master of Business and Economics from the Norwegian Business School and holds several board positions within the Grieg Group, in companies like Grieg Green, Grieg International (investment company), Squamish Terminals and also a partly owned real estate company Utleiebolig AS.

Irene Skrugstad

Chief Human Resources Officer (interim)

Stein Andersen

Stein Andersen

SVP/Head of Ship Management (interim)

Nicolai Grieg

Nicolai Grieg

SVP/Head of Grieg Edge

Ship Management leadership

Stein Andersen

Stein Andersen

SVP/Head of Ship Management (interim)

Eli K. Vassenden

Eli K. Vassenden

VP Shared Services

Eli holds more than 35 years experience in the shipping industry, from both ship owning and supplier side. Her main experience is within ship management, acquisition and crewing as well as contingency and loss prevention. From 2004 till 2017 she was responsible for the ship management in Grieg Star. Eli is now head of Shared Services which consists of Marine HR, Acquisitions,  Contingency and Insurance and Loss Prevention. She is a board member several Grieg Group companies, of Den Norske Krigsforsikring for Skib, chair of Norwegian Shipowners’ Fund at Norges Handelshøyskole, and board member of Klevenberg Shipping Services.

Michael Back

Michael Back

VP Fleet