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), GriegMaas and also a partly owned real estate company Utleiebolig AS.

Irene Skrugstad

Irene Skrugstad

Chief Human Resources Officer (interim)

Irene holds more than 20 years of experience as an HR professional, organizational developer and professional consultant within Finance, The Norwegian Armed Forces, Health, Consulting business, Recruitment and Oil Industry. From 2014 to 2017 she was responsible for HR in Songa Offshore Norway. The last 2,5 years, Irene has been the CEO of HR Support AS. She has a master’s degree from the Norwegian School of Economics & Business Administration, Oslo in Value Creation and Strategy. She also holds a graduate degree from BI Norwegian Business School, Bergen in Strategic Human Resource Management, Project Management and Coaching, and graduate degree from the University of Norway in Information Science.

Stein Andersen

Stein Andersen

SVP/Head of Ship Management (interim)

After a short period as Roughneck on bord Deep Sea Driller in the seventies, Stein completed his Master in Offshore engineering at NTH (now NTNU) in 1979. Since then, he has had 11 jobs in more positions than he can remember. He has experience from offshore with DnV/Veritec, Inocean Construction, ABB Offshore Technology and Kongsberg FMC, and almost two years as Director of Stord Offshore. Within shipping, Stein worked eight years with BNR/Fjord Line as fleet/technical director. He joined Grieg in 2006, as Fleet Manager in Grieg, before he took the role as a principal engineer with responsibility for various multidisciplinary processes. Heads our Ship Management interim from February 2020.

Nicolai Grieg

Nicolai Grieg

SVP/Head of Grieg Edge

Nicolai became Head of Grieg Edge, a new company within Grieg Star founded in 2020, after 3 years as Head of Finance. Nicolai has 10 years of finance experience and worked 7 years in the banking sector before joining Grieg Star in 2017. Nicolai holds several board positions within the Grieg Group, including Grieg Maturitas, Grieg Investor and Grieg Foundation. Nicolai has an MA from the University of Edinburgh and Hong Kong University.

For more information about Grieg Edge, please visit Griegedge.com.

Ship Management leadership

Stein Andersen

Stein Andersen

SVP/Head of Ship Management (interim)

After a short period as Roughneck on bord Deep Sea Driller in the seventies, Stein completed his Master in Offshore engineering at NTH (now NTNU) in 1979. Since then, he has had 11 jobs in more positions than he can remember. He has experience from offshore with DnV/Veritec, Inocean Construction, ABB Offshore Technology and Kongsberg FMC, and almost two years as Director of Stord Offshore. Within shipping, Stein worked eight years with BNR/Fjord Line as fleet/technical director. He joined Grieg in 2006, as Fleet Manager in Grieg, before he took the role as a principal engineer with responsibility for various multidisciplinary processes. Heads our Ship Management interim from February 2020.

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

Michael Back has more than 30 years’ experience within the shipping and offshore drilling industry. His main experience is from Shipping and Offshore Drilling within areas technical operation, supervising, engineering he also sailed as Chief Engineer on various vessels. From 2014 – 2020 he held the positions of Superintendent and Head of Vessel Managers in Grieg Star. Michael is now Vice President Fleet and responsible for Technical ship operation, Vessel Specialists and External Management group. He is a member at Norwegian Shipowners’ Associations Committee for Ships and board member in various voluntary elected offices.