Board of Directors

Jo Lunder

Mr. Lunder serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of DeepOcean since September 2018. Mr. Lunder has 30 years of experience in senior executive positions, mainly as Chairman and CEO of large public and private owned companies. His last position was CEO of the Fredriksen Group, one of the world’s largest family groups with investments in shipping, oil service and fish farming as well as a variety of other investments. Mr. Lunder served before that as Chairman and CEO of Vimpelcom (Veon), one of the world’s largest mobile telecommunications companies. He has also held the position as President in Ferd Capital (a Norwegian family group with a broad portfolio of indirect and direct investments), during those years also serving as executive Chairman of Aibel. Mr. Lunder has also held the position as CEO of Ementor (Atea) executing a re-structuring of the company creating the largest IT infrastructure company in the Nordics. In his early day Mr. Lunder was first in the banking industry and then in different executive positions in Telenor, building their domestic mobile business. Mr. Lunder holds an MBA from Henley Business School. He is currently working as an independent advisor, investor and Chairman.

Øyvind Mikaelsen

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director
Øyvind Mikaelsen serves as Chief Executive Officer and Executives Director since May 2018. He has 30 years of experience in the global subsea business holding various senior executive roles. His most recent position was Executive Vice President at Subsea 7. Øyvind began his career in the oil and gas industry with Kvaerner Rosenberg A/S in 1988. He then moved to Norske Shell before joining Subsea 7 in 1992. He holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Trondheim in Norway. 

Kristian Diesen

Non-Executive Director
Kristian is an Investment Advisory Professional at Triton. He joined Triton from Pareto Securities, where he worked as a senior partner in the research department with the main focus on oil services. Previously, Kristian worked at Deloitte in the Auditing division. He holds an MSc in Business from the Norwegian School of Management.

Terje Askvig

Non-Executive Director
Terje is a senior industry expert at WestPark. Prior to joining West Park, Terje spent five years at Eitzen Chemical ASA as President and CEO. At Eitzen, he was responsible for the world's third largest chemical tanker fleet, integrating five acquired companies and building the company's operational platform. Before that he was Executive Vice President with Fred. Olsen & Co. for seven years. He initiated and led the restructuring of the group's renewables business into Fred. Olsen Renewables AS, where he was the CEO. Terje has also been President and CEO of BT Shipping Ltd, a NASDAQ-listed oil tanker company and worked as Managing Director at Pausco AS. He has a B.A in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco. Terje is the Chairman of the Board of Nordic Tankers AS and Herning Shipping AS.

Marc van der Plas

Non-Executive Director
Marc van der Plas joined the Board of Directors of DeepOcean Group in December 2020. Marc is a former KPMG Partner and family office CEO. He has more than 30 years’ experience in Corporate Finance and Restructuring. During his career he built a track record in mature and emerging markets, working on a variety of sectors (Financial Services, Energy & Natural Resources, Shipping, and Healthcare). He has experience in senior management positions for more than 20 years including being a board executive for KPMG CIS. Marc is currently active on investment and advisory projects, and he serves on the Board of Directors of Royal Wagenborg BV in the Netherlands. He started his career with ABN Amro bank and Citibank, and holds an MBA degree of Durham University Business School.

Mike Winkel

Non-Executive Director
Mike joined the Board of Directors of DeepOcean Group in May 2021. As a former COO of E.ON SE and CEO of its Renewables business, he has extensive experience in the global power and gas sector. Working for more than 25 years in the industry, Mike held numerous senior commercial, strategic and managerial roles in power generation, optimization and commodity trading. Mike holds a university degree in Business Administration from Technical University of Dresden.

Colette Cohen

Non-Executive Director
Colette has joined the Board of Directors of DeepOcean Group in 2021. Colette is the Chief Executive Officer for the Net Zero Technology Centre, an organisation committed to the research and development of technology to accelerate the Oil and Gas industry’s transition to an affordable net zero future. Colette has worked in the industry for more than 25 years, both in the UK & Internationally for BP, ConocoPhillips & Centrica E&P, where she was the regional VP for the UK & Netherlands. Colette has a degree in Chemistry from Queens in Belfast, a masters in Project Management & Economics from CERAM in France and an honorary PhD from Aberdeen University. Colette was also awarded the Order of the British Empire by the Queen for services to the Oil and Gas industry. Colette is the Chair of the National Composites Centre and sits on the boards of OPITO and NORECO. She was also a Commissioner for the Just Transition Commission for Scotland and is an ambassador for Powerful Women. Colette is an active champion for the industrial transition of the oil and gas industry to a net zero future and a committed role model for women in industry.