Olsvik leaving Nofima

The President - CEO of research group Nofima, Ørjan Olsvik, has announced his resignation and is returning to his job as Professor of medical microbiology at the University of Tromsø.

"I have accomplished the task I was appointed to nearly two years ago. The merger of the four institutes that now comprise Nofima is complete, the organisation is in place and many of the most important processes have been implemented," says Olsvik.

"The company is now entering a new phase and I believe the time is now right to hand over the helm to a new leader. I’m looking forward to returning to medical microbiology and to my students."

Nofima was formed following a comprehensive process, with one of the main objectives being to combine Norwegian food research from the fisheries and agriculture sectors into one company.

The State shareholding is managed by the Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs, which has a 56.4 percent shareholding in Nofima.

"I’m grateful for the job he has done in the company’s demanding first phase and I wish him well in his future research roles," says the Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs Helga Pedersen.

The Chairperson of the Nofima Board of Directors, Endre Skjørestad, respects Olsvik’s decision and will now start the task of finding his replacement.

"I respect Ørjan Olsvik’s decision. He has done a formidable job for us for nearly two years and I wish him good luck for the future," says Skjørestad. "Nofima’s Deputy CEO, Øyvind Fylling-Jensen, has been appointed Acting President – CEO until further notice. It is up to the Board of Directors to determine how we take this process forward."

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