Change of CEO and Chair of the Board in Grieg Star
From July 1st, after over 20 years as CEO, Camilla Grieg will take the position as Chair of the Board of Grieg Star. At the same date, Matt Duke takes over as CEO.
“I have had this position for over 20 years. I notified the board some time ago that I wanted to focus more on long term overarching strategy, as well as give space for new people with new ideas and new competencies. I am looking forward to be able to do work together with the new CEO and a strong management,” Camilla Grieg says.
She will take over as Chair of the Board from Elisabeth Grieg. Elisabeth will stay on as member of the Grieg Star Board for now. She will remain Vice Chair of G2 Ocean and Chair of Grieg Green.
Camilla Grieg informed her management group of her change in role in April. Since then, the Board of Directors, aided by consultants, have been evaluating several candidates for the position as CEO.
In the end, it was obvious to us that we had a great internal candidate. There was no need to bring in someone from the outside. Matt Duke is a strong, emphatetic and visionary leader. He knows the industry, but has the ability to think outside the box. Matt has all the qualities we look for in a CEO for Grieg Star to succeed in the years to come
Matt Duke joined Grieg Star as Chief Business Process Officer in January 2018. He came from a role as VP Digital Platform Maritime at Kongsberg Digital. Prior to that he worked 14 years at Odfjell SE, lastly as Corporate Vice President IT.
“I am humbled, honoured and highly grateful to take the role as Group CEO for Grieg Star. It has never been a more exciting time or challenging period to lead in our industry. The combination of new technology and decarbonisation targets are converging to give way to a great number of new business model opportunities, same time we see that these changes can be disruptive for shipping companies unable to change,” says Matt Duke.
“My role as CEO of Grieg Star Group is to ensure that we continue to provide best in class ship management services, whilst we at the same time rig our sails for future opportunities and growth. It will be a demanding and exciting time, and I look forward to working with the management team, board, owners, internal and external partners, and all our colleagues in delivering on our strategy moving forwards,“ Duke concludes.
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. 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.
Outgoing CEO - incoming Chair of the BoardCamilla Grieg is co-owner of the Grieg Group, and a member of the founding family. She has an MBA with a major in finance from the University of San Francisco and is a Certified Financial Analyst (AFA). She is chair of the Board of Directors in the operating units Grieg Star AS, Grieg Star Shipping AS and a member of the Board of Directors in Grieg Star Group and G2 Ocean. She is also Chair of the Board of Directors in GC Rieber AS, and a member of the board of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association and a member of the Election Committee of DnB.
Outgoing Chair of the Board
Co-owner of the Grieg Group and a member of the founding family, Chair of Grieg Maturitas, Grieg Star and member of several boards in the Group. Grieg is also chair of the election committee in Grieg Seafood and she is vice chair of G2 Ocean AS. Grieg served as the first female president of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association. Grieg has also served as Chair of the Norwegian Guarantee Institute for Export Credits (GIEK) and board member of Nordea AB, Norsk Hydro and Statoil.