Group management

Gjensidige's group management consists of 10 highly experienced professionals with various educational background and work experience from both Gjensidige and other companies. Apart from the CEO and EVP Jørgen Ringdal, the members of the group management represent either one of the business areas or one of the administrative divisions.

 

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Helge Leiro Baastad

CEO
Helge Leiro Baastad (1960) has been the CEO of Gjensidige since 2003.He is chair of the board in Kavli Holding AS and member of the board in Finance Norway..

Baastad joined Gjensidige in 1998 as manager of the private market, and in 2000, he was appointed Executive Vice President responsible for group marketing and support functions.

He has previously held various senior management positions with Jordan AS and Denofa Lilleborg Fabrikker. Baastad holds an MSc EBA degree (siviløkonom) from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)

Jostein Amdal

Executive Vice President, CFO
Jostein Amdal (1965) has been CFO since 1 October 2016. Amdal joined Gjensidige as director of finance in 2002, and has since served as Chief Risk Officer and Head of Capital Management and M&A. Before joining Gjensidige, he held various management positions with If, Storebrand and Kværner. 

Amdal holds an MSc EBA degree (siviløkonom) as well as a graduate programme in economics and business administration (høyere avdeling), both from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)

Lars G. Bjerklund

Executive Vice President, Commercial
Lars G Bjerklund (1971) has been Executive Vice President of the Commercial division since 1 September 2018.
He joined Gjensidige in 2003 and has held various senior management positions in the Group. In the last few years, he has been COO of General Insurance Sweden, claims director with responsibility for motor and travel claims, and managed the SME and agriculture segment of the Commercial division for several years.

Bjerklund holds a Master of Marketing and Management from the Norwegian School of Marketing (NMH), and an MBA from the Norwegian School of 
Economics (NHH)
 

Aysegül Cin

Executive Vice President, Sweden and  Baltics
Aysegül Cin (1981) has been Executive Vice President, Sweden since 1 September 2018. Cin is Chair of the Board of ADB Gjensidige.
Cin joined Gjensidige in 2006 as a trainee. She has previously held several senior positions in the Group in the Private, Corporate Development, Strategy and M&A and Claims divisions, and most recently as Director of CRM and Digital Channels in the Commercial division.
Cin is a member of the board of Norsk Tipping. She holds an MSc in Industrial Economics and Technology Management (sivilingeniør) from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and Karlsruhe University in Germany.

Berit Nilsen

Executive Vice President, People, strategy and communication

Berit Nilsen (1973) has been Executive Vice President of People, strategy and communication since 17. january 2022.

Nilsen joined Gjensidige in 2012, and has held various senior management positions in the Group, most recently as Head of Strategy.

She has previously held positions in Tryg and Aker. She holds an MSc in Marin Technology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Oslo and the University of Strasbourg.

Janne Flessum

Executive Vice President, Analytics, Product and Price
Janne Merethe Flessum has been Executive Vice President, Analytics, Product and Price since 17 January 2022. She joined Gjensidige in 2011 as Head of Investor Relations, and from 2016 Flessum also assumed responsibility for M&A and Capital Management.Most recently, she held the position as EVP People, Strategy and Communications.

She has previously held positions as investment analyst and portfolio manager in Orkla, corporate finance advisor in Kreditkassen and auditor in Coopers and Lybrand.

Flessum holds an MBA degree (siviløkonom) from BI Norwegian Business School.

René Fløystøl

Executive Vice President, Private
Fløystøl joined Gjensidige in 2011 and has held several management positions in the Group. In the Private division, he has held positions such as Executive Vice President of Group Performance Management, the Customer Centre and, most recently, Digitalisation and Development. 

Fløystøl holds an MBA degree (siviløkonom) from BI Norwegian Business School.
 

Mats C. Gottschalk

Executive Vice President, Denmark
Gottschalk joined Gjensidigein 2011 as EVP with responsibility for strategy and M&A. He has also been ECP Commercial. 
He was previously executive director in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs International, and has held various positions with J.P. Morgan in London.

Gottschalk holds an MSc in Industrial Economics and Technology Management (sivilingeniør) from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the University of St. Gallen.

Tor Erik Silset

Executive Vice President, Technology and Infrastructure

EVP Technology and Infrastructure Tor Erik Silset (1976) has been Executive Vice President of Technology and Infrastructure since 1 June 2020.

Silset joined Gjensidige in 2005 from Deloitte Consulting. 

He has previously held a range of different roles and management positions in the Private and Commercial divisions and in Finance and Group Performance Management at group level, most recently as head of property/liability insurance in the Nordic region and national manager for Analysis, Product and Price in Denmark.

Silset holds an MBA degree (siviløkonom) from BI Norwegian Business School.

Tor Erik Silset