The board of directors of Ekornes ASA yesterday announced the appointment of Olav Holst-Dyrnes as the company’s new CEO.
Olav is currently CEO of Havfisk ASA, Norway’s largest ocean-going trawler company, where he has helped increase efficiency, boost financial performance and implement strategic changes with the involvement of all levels in the organisation. He also has previous experience of the furniture industry, having spent six years as sourcing manager at Stokke AS.
During the recruitment process, Ekornes’ board of directors has sought to find a new chief executive who is goal oriented, has a demonstrated ability to implement change, strong leadership skills and a considerable capacity for strategic thinking. The board is looking forward to working with Olav, not only to realise the potential inherent in Ekornes’ products and skilled workforce, but also to find new ways to address the challenges the company is facing in a demanding furniture market.
Olav Holst-Dyrnes will take up his position no later than 1st December 2014. Nils-Fredrik Drabløs continues as acting CEO until Olav joins the company, and will remain on hand to help out during a transition period.
Ekornes ASA is the largest furniture producer in the Nordic region, and owns the brands Ekornes, Stressless and Svane.