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Leif Johan Sevland is new CEO at ONS

Leif Johan Sevland took over the reins at the ONS Foundation on 1 March 2012 after being Mayor of Stavanger for 16 consecutive years.

“Leif Johan Sevland is the Board’s first choice”, said ONS Board Chair Lars A. Takla when Sevland’s appointment was announced last year.

“He has built up a global network within the energy sector which will be very beneficial and valuable to ONS. It would be difficult for us to find a better candidate for this job”, said Takla.

Sevland is eager to get started
Sevland got the ball rolling when he visited the Cera Week Conference in Houston earlier this month with former CEO Kjell Ursin-Smith, who will now be acting as an adviser to ONS before retiring after the 2012 event.

“ONS is the world’s most important meeting place for the global energy industry”, Sevland says. “We will grow in stature and become even better in the future. I’m taking over an effective, hands-on and highly competent organisation. Our 2012 event is a solid foundation, but we aim to grow even more as an organisation and ONS 2014 will be even better”, promises the new ONS general.

Extensive political experience
Leif Johan Sevland is fifty years old and served as Mayor of Stavanger from 1995 to 2011. From 1987 to 1999 he was also a member of Rogaland County Council.

Sevland was leader of the Conservative party grouping in Stavanger Municipality from 1989 to 1994, and in the county council from 1994 to 1998.

He graduated from Rogaland University College (now the University of Stavanger) in 1983.