On Thursday 28 April, the annual meeting elected Andreas Østenrød, Harriet Willassen and Christian Hjort as new board members of the Business Association in the Tromsø region. We are very pleased to welcome new forces to the team.
Photo: from Andreas Østenrød, Harriet Willassen and Christian Hjort.
New chairman is ready to unleash the potential of the region
In addition to being newly elected to the board, ceo of Ressurs Andreas Østenrød has also been elected as the new chairman of the association. He takes over for Andreas Willumsen, who is stepping down from the board after many years of work.
We are incredibly pleased to bring in a capacity with Andrea’s experience in strategy, management and development. Andreas has a solid background as a senior executive, and it is especially great to have his knowledge of development, manpower and inclusion from Ressurs into the board, says CEO. in the trude nilsen association.
Andreas looks forward to contributing to the association and setting the course for the development of business in the region.
I am very much looking forward to leading the board’s work, and not least to working with Trude and her team. The potential in our region is great, and I hope that through my background I can help us realize some of this. In the first instance, I want to update myself on the current status and follow up that we are already realizing good initiatives such as “2000nye” and the trainee program Foremost. And not least that we work well for our 650 member companies,” says Østenrød.
Harriet Willassen and Christian Hjort come from the member companies Tromsø Havn and JM Hansen Eiendom respectively. Harriet has worked at Tromsø Havn for 16 years and is in the management team as Marketing and Communications Manager.
I look forward to contributing to the board. The Business Association is an important player that sets the agenda for both business and society, and I look forward to contributing to this work,” says Willassen.
Christian Hjort holds a master’s degree in business administration and has worked at Deloitte in Oslo before retiring to his hometown to start as CEO of JM Hansen Eiendom.
Like the Business Association, I have a burning commitment to the region and especially Tromsø. I look forward to working purposefully with the board and management to achieve the vision of a climate neutral, urban and high-tech city up to 2035,” says Hjort.
Good with new powers in the association
Outgoing Chairman Andreas Willumsen is pleased to have new powers in the association and is now resigning after 10 years on the board.
What a journey the last ten years have been! I am humbled to have been able to help move the association forward. It has been particularly rewarding to work structurally with the establishment of Tromsø Sentrum AS and the development of Næringslivets Hus. Two important steps to cultivate and strengthen the association. In all modesty, I leave it with all arrows pointing upwards. We have a good economy, a skilled administration and a strong position in the Tromsø region. Now new competent forces have taken over, and I look forward to following the development of the association further as a proud member,” says Willumsen.
Andreas Østenrød with Andreas Willumsen
Roar Karlsen (Maritime Welding Service) and Aid Schei Lillegård (Thon Hotel Tromsø) also leave the board. The Trade Association thanks them and Andreas Willumsen for their long-term contribution on behalf of the business community in the Tromsø region.
We would like to thank Andreas, Roar and Aid for their formidable efforts, good discussions and many hours of voluntary work for the association,” says CEO. Trude Nilsen.
Eirik Stavem from Mystore was re-elected as a board member, and our new board now consists of the following people.
Board of the Business Association
Andreas Østenrød (Chairman of the Board), Resource Tromsø
Harriet Willassen, Tromsø Harbour
Christian Hjort, JM Hansen Real Estate
Eirik Stavem, Mystore
Christian Bue Nordahl, Stella Polaris
Kjell-Are Vassmyr, AT Plan & Architecture/Tromsø Mechanical
Hanne Karoline Kræmer, SNN Finans
The original press release can be found on the Norwegian chamber of commerce website