Executive Management

Linda Litlekalsøy Aase


Linda Litlekalsøy Aase has almost 20 years of industry experience from technical management to a variety of leadership positions from among others Aker Solutions and Rolls Royce Marine. She holds a MSc in material technology from NTNU, and has studied business economics and management accounting at NHH. Linda L. Aase joined the board of SalMar June 2020 and became CEO in May 2022.

Owns 85 shares indirectly in SalMar ASA through personal related parties.

Nationality: Norwegian citizen, and resident in Norway
Independent: Yes

Gunnar Nielsen


Gunnar Nielsen was appointed CFO of SalMar in April 2022. Nielsen’s background has been in a number of senior executive positions in the seafood, banking, industrial and auditing sectors. Nielsen has extensive experience of board and financial management, reporting and communication in listed company. Nielsen was CFO of Bakkafrost from 2014 to 2019. Nielsen holds a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and Accounting from Aarhus School of Business and a Master of Science in Business Economics and Auditing from Copenhagen Business School.

Citizenship: Faroe Islands
Shares: 0
RSU-Rights: 0

Roger Bekken

COO Farming

Roger Bekken took over as COO Farming on 4 June 2018. Mr Bekken has worked in the seafood sector since 1991. He has held a variety of executive positions in the industry. Before joining SalMar is 2014, he was COO of Farming at Norway Royal Salmon (NRS). From 2014 until June 2018, Mr Bekken was managing director at SalMar Farming AS.

Born: 1967
Shares: 16 766
RSU-Rights: 4 322

Frode Arntsen

COO Industry and Sales

Frode Arntsen took the position as COO, Industry and Sales on 1 December 2017. He has a background from the Norwegian Military, and is educated as a lecturer within management. He has worked in the seafood industry since 2000, and has previously held senior/director positions at Lerøy Midnor, HitraMat and Lerøy Midt.

Born: 1970
Shares: 4 706
RSUs: 4 221

Photo: Hitra-Frøya

Ulrik Steinvik

Director Business Improvement

Steinvik started in the position as Director Business Improvement in August 2017. Mr. Steinvik holds the title as Norwegian state authorized public accountant. Berfore Steinvik joined SalMar in 2006 he served with Arthur Andersen Norway and Ernst & Young AS from 1998 to 2006. He graduated from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration in 2002.

Born: 1974
Shares: 139 335. Owns 18,266 shares directly and indirectly through personal related parties. Also owns 100 per cent of the shares in Nordpilan AS. Nordpilan AS owns 0.2 per cent of the shares in Kverva AS, which in turn through Kverva Industrier AS owns 50.88 per cent of the shares in SalMar ASA.
RSU-rights: 3 714