CflowStig Bjørkedal (left) and Arnstein Johansen. Photo: Cflow

Cflow has appointed Stig Bjørkedal as its new managing director to focus on further industrialisation of the company.

Bjørkedal joins Norway-based Cflow from a role as executive vice president of strategy and business development at the Vard shipbuilding group, a role he has held since 2006.

“Stig has extensive experience from the entire maritime value chain, from ship designers, equipment suppliers and shipbuilders, including involvement in a huge number of vessels for the fishery and aquaculture industries. He understands exactly what shipbuilders and shipowners need and is the ideal candidate to continue developing Cflow,” said Steve Paulsen, chairman of Cflow’s board of directors.

Vast experience

In his role at Vard , Bjørkedal has been overall responsible for the group’s strategy and M&A activities, including the establishment of deck machinery supplier Seaonics, acquisition of Vard Marine Inc and the build-up of Vard’s shipyard in Vietnam. He was also acting managing director at Vard Electro from 2016 to 2019.

Prior to his work at Vard, Bjørkedal spent five years as vice president of deck machinery at Rolls-Royce. He has also held management roles at Johansen Maritime, Ulstein Brattvaag, ship designer Skipsteknisk and Farstad Shipping.

Bjørkedal will assume his role in Cflow on 1 August. He succeeds the current managing director, Arnstein Johansen.

Johansen has been managing director of Cflow since 2010 and will remain available as an advisor to Bjørkedal over the coming months.

“Arnstein has done a fantastic job for Cflow, helping to grow the business from 17 employees and NOK 45 million revenues in 2010 to 100 employees and almost NOK 500 in revenues in 2019,” said chairman, Steve Paulsen.

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