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Hans-Jørgen Wibstad appointed new CFO of Norwegian

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Hans-Jørgen Wibstad appointed new CFO of Norwegian

Hans-Jørgen Wibstad has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of Norwegian. He will take up the position no later than June 1st 2022.

“I look forward to welcoming Hans-Jørgen Wibstad to our management team. His strategic mindset and extensive experience in finance and management will be highly appreciated, and I am confident he has the right background and experience for Norwegian going forward,” said Geir Karlsen, CEO of Norwegian.

Hans-Jørgen Wibstad currently serves as EVP & CFO in Multiconsult ASA. He has more than 20 years’ experience from various CFO and management roles within industry, shipbuilding, shipping and offshore, including CFO in Kongsberg Gruppen. He also has broad experience from the financial markets, including having worked as a senior corporate banker for several years. “I am truly excited about this opportunity. Norwegian is a market leading low-cost airline with a strong brand and loyal customer base. As the aviation industry begins to return to normality, I look forward to building on my competence and experience and working with a dynamic and solid leadership team to build a strong Norwegian,” said Hans-Jørgen Wibstad.

Mr. Wibstad, a Norwegian citizen, was born in 1964. He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA. Wibstad will replace Geir Karlsen, who serves as both CFO and CEO.


About Norwegian

Norwegian was founded in 1993 but began operating as a low-cost carrier with Boeing 737 aircraft in 2002. Since then, our mission has been to offer affordable fares for all and to allow customers to travel the smart way by offering value and choice throughout their journey.

Norwegian has been voted Europe’s Best Low-Cost airline by Skytrax for six consecutive years and won Airline Program of the Year Europe & Africa at the Freddie Awards for four consecutive years. Since 2012, Norwegian has won over 55 awards for our service, product, and innovation in the industry.

We were the first airline in the world to join the UN Climate Secretariat’s climate action-initiative in 2019, pledging to work systematically to become carbon neutral by 2050.

Norwegian operates a short haul network across the Nordics and to key European destinations providing customers with excellent quality at affordable fares.


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Norwegian is the largest Norwegian airline and one of Europe’s leading low-cost carriers. The company has around 4,500 employees and offers a comprehensive route network between Nordic countries and destinations in Europe. Since 2002, more than 300 million passengers have flown with Norwegian. The most important task has been to offer affordable plane tickets to all and to offer more freedom of choice along the journey.

Norwegian is a driving force for sustainable solutions and the transformation of the aviation industry. The company’s goal is to reduce its CO2 emissions by 45 percent within 2030. To this means, the company is renewing its fleet, promoting sustainable aviation fuel, reducing its waste, and using wind and weather data to calculate the most efficient fuel-saving flights routes. Norwegian wants to become the sustainable choice for its passengers.