Executive Management

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. 

Frode Garlid

Chief Financial Officer
Before joining DeepOcean as Chief Financial Officer in March 2018, Frode Garlid served as VP Operations & Risk in NOV Wellstream Processing. Prior to this he served as Chief Financial Officer & Chief of Staff of Fjords Processing which was acquired by NOV from Akastor ASA late 2016. Frode has also served as CFO of OneSubsea Processing Group (previously known as Framo Engineering). He has 17 years of experience within finance and operations in the oil and gas industry, mainly from different positions at Schlumberger in France, Africa, Russia and the Middle East where he gained broad experience within both EPC and services - and where he also held the position as Global Controller for the Subsea division of Schlumberger. Frode Garlid holds a Master of Arts with Honours in Economics Science & Finance from the University of Aberdeen in 2001, and law studies from the University in Bergen. In addition, he has attended the Executive Education at The Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania.

Ottar K Mæland

Chief Operating Officer
Since joining DeepOcean in 2007, Ottar Mæland has held various senior positions such as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Commercial Officer. His prior experience includes seven years at Norsk Hydro. Mr Mæland holds a Master of Science in Material Technology, a Business Economist Degree from the Norwegian School of Management and graduated from the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.

Stephane Abergel

Chief Commercial Officer
Stephane Abergel joined DeepOcean in 2019 bringing with him extensive experience in the Oil & Gas Industry working in Africa, Far East, North America, Central Asia and the Middle East for major subsea contractors such as Saipem, Sonamet, Acergy, and latterly Subsea 7. Stephane has broad management skills with original core discipline in Engineering, Project Management and Onshore/Offshore construction and brings a detailed understanding of mechanisms governing Win & Execute aspect of large turnkey projects.  Stephane also brings vital skills and experience in setting strategic plans with strong experience in exploring new frontiers as VP of Strategy at Subsea 7.

Rakel Sandøy Knutsen

Chief HR Officer
Rakel Sandøy Knutsen joined DeepOcean in 2019, bringing extensive experience in the area Human Resources and Leadership in companies like SAS, Aker Solutions, EMAS and Norwegian Air Resources. Before joining DeepOcean as Chief HR Officer Rakel served as VP Global Operations in Norwegian Air Resource, prior to which she served 11 years in the oil and gas sector, all companies with “roots” from Aker Solutions.  Her expertise are broad ranging from organizational changes, and development of strategies, labour law,  to executive coaching and relations. Rakel Sandøy Knutsen holds a Bachelor in International Marketing and a Master of Management with specialization within HR and Labour Law.