Hanne Elisabeth Hagen

Hanne has worked at an international recruitment and consultancy company and participated in several recruitment-, board-, and management evaluation-processes. She has extensive experience in recruiting, especially CEO, CFO, COO, and CHRO positions within retail, FMCG, banking and finance, telecoms, and private equity portfolio companies. In addition, Hanne has broad experience with organizational design, establishment, and implementation of HR strategy, change management, restructuring, and placement processes.

In recent years, she has been HR Director at Komplett and has previous experience from PwC as a consultant.

Hanne has a degree in economics from CERAM Business School (MSc) and Heriot-Watt University (BSc).

Bjørnar Skas

He has over 20 years of experience in management and organizational development as a line manager and consultant. Bjørnar has broad industry experience from the private and public sectors, including industry, professional services, retail, transport, public administration, banking, and insurance.

Previously Bjørnar led the consultancy unit of EY in Norway within management, organization, change, and HR. He has assisted several large Norwegian companies with significant change and organizational development processes and has been an adviser to many managers. With a Master Black Belt in Lean, he has supported several businesses in improving their core and support processes. He has acquired a deep functional insight into many industries and functions. Bjørnar also has extensive experience in Norwegian and international industry, has sat on the management team of 2 different global industrial companies, and helped build the management development program within production for a large Norwegian brand group.

Bjørnar is a civil engineer from NTNU and a business economist from BI Oslo.

Maria Brevik

Maria has experience in several industries, including telecom, professional services, and health. She assists clients with recruiting managers in various functions, such as IT, business development, HR, and finance.

She has also extensive experience in areas like employer branding and project management.

Maria holds a Master of Economics and Business Administration from BI Norwegian Business School.

Fredrik Jore

Close to leader clients through many years in Executive Search and recruitment, I’ve in recent years followed ESG as a megatrend closely. My ambition is to assist our clients in taking the step from big ambitions to operationalizing their strategy throught clear advice and recruitment of the best executives and board members.

Fredrik has 10 years of experience in Executive Search and recruitment. He started his career as a researcher and spent his first five years in two international Executive Search firms. The last years he’s been a partner and has contributed to develop a Oslo based search firm. He’s often helped clients with recruiting executives with new competence necessary to do major changes. He’s done a lot of assignments for medium sized and large corporations, and private equity owned companies, where he’s been recruiting a wide range of executives with P&L responsibility and strategic specialist functions.

Fredrik has a Bsc in marketing and a Msc in organizational psychology and leadership from BI Business School.

Are K. Skeie

Are has more than 15 years of experience with Executive Search and is, with this, one of the leading headhunters in Norway within the finance and real estate industry. He leads BackerSkeie’s team within the banking, finance, insurance and real estate industries. Additionally, Are serves clients in the public sector, construction and industry sectors with Executive Search, Assessments, and Management Assessments.

My greatest joy and motivation is to give clients the luxury problem of having to choose from several top-qualified candidates.

Are has worked as an advisor within risk management in a German investment bank, and with business development and as head of sales at Norsk-Tysk Handelskammer, with a special focus on advising Norwegian export businesses. He was also head of sales in a Norwegian high-tech media company with groundbreaking search technology.

Are received his Master of Business and Economics (Siviløkonom) from The University of Cologne in Germany. His mother tongue is Norwegian and he speaks English and German fluently.

Ann-Kristin Nyrønning

Ann-Kristin is head of our public sector and non-profit practice, in addition to assisting clients in the consumer, media and education sectors with Executive Search, Assessments, and Management Assessments. Ann-Kristin is today one of the most renowned headhunters in Norway within the public sector.

She has extensive experience from consulting and research and analysis, both nationally and internationally from Innovation Norway and CapGemini. She has led international projects and conducted analyses for Norwegian export businesses, and been Chief Advisor at NHO.

Ann-Kristin graduated from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) as a Master of Science (MSc) in Economics and Business Administration (Siviløkonom).

Rolf Kåre Nilsen

Nilsen is our lead for the consumer & retail sector, and also serves clients withing finance, public sector, and industry with Executive Search, as well as with Management Assessments and Board Advisory. Rolf is a reliable and solid advisor for a variety of large Norwegian corporations and their respective leaders.

When you realize that no industries, companies or positions are the same, you will recognize that solid and thorough recruitment processes are crucial for success.

Rolf Kåre has extensive leadership experience both as a middle- and executive manager at a leading supplier to the construction industry, as a CEO at a Norwegian company with an international focus, and as a Managing Partner in a renowned consulting company. He also has experience from leading nomination committees for companies listed on the stock exchange.

Rolf Kåre earned his Master’s degree in Business with specialization in international marketing at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).

Trygve Langholm

Trygve is our lead for the IT, telecom & media industries and also serves clients in the technology, professional services and industry sectors with Executive Search, Assessments, as well as with Management Assessments.

You must choose your leader carefully.

Trygve has more than 20 years of experience from sales and leadership positions in international IT and consulting companies. He has been a Partner at Accenture, CEO for Cambridge Technology Partners in Norway, and Division Director at EDB Business Partner. He is educated at, and has served for the military as a cryptographer. This experience makes Trygve one of our strongest consultants within information technology, cyber security and consulting.

Trygve received his Master of Business and Economics (Siviløkonom) from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).

Alexander Huun

Huun also supports clients in financial services, real estate, industrial production and private equity. He is a trusted advisor within executive search, management assessments and board review and recruiting.

The most important task of any company is to secure the best talents to critical assignments. That starts at the top.

Before joining BackerSkeie Alexander was an HR executive vice president at a large Norwegian bank. He has also been a member of management at a renowned consulting firm. He has also had managerial positions in mechanical industry and life sciences. All-in-all he has more than 20 years of experience managing people and projects and he has extensive international experience from working in 16 different countries.

Alexander holds an MBA from Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University.

Cato Backer

Backer has more than 20 years of experience within Executive Search, and is a trusted advisor for our clients, both nationally and internationally. He serves clients in the industry, energy, and technology sector, as well as within professional services and consumer industries.

Recruiting might be the most strategic thing a leader does. Our task is to find better candidates than anyone else.

Cato established BackerSkeie in 2004 with the ambition to become a leading executive search company. His vision is to create value for our clients by enabling them to generate better leadership in their industries. As such, BackerSkeie became a leading community within Executive Search and Board Assessments in Norway. Cato also has extensive experience from media, communication and consulting services, where he held a variety of leadership positions, such as a CEO for a media company.

He earned his Master of Business and Economics degree at the University of Cologne in Germany. Cato is a native Norwegian speaker, and also speaks English and German fluently.