Board of Directors

Kristian Røkke

Kristian Røkke (b. 1983) is the Chief Executive Officer of Aker Horizons ASA, a company that develops green energy and green industry to accelerate the transition to net zero. Mr. Røkke was chief investment officer of Aker ASA prior to Aker Horizons, and CEO of Akastor ASA and Philly Shipyard ASA, where he held several operational roles including SVP Operations. Mr. Røkke is currently Chair of the board of several companies, including Mainstream Renewable Power, Aker Carbon Capture ASA, Philly Shipyard ASA, and a director on the board of TRG Holding AS. Mr. Røkke has an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Karl Erik Kjelstad

Karl Erik Kjelstad (b. 1966) is Chief Executive Officer of Akastor ASA and has been part of the Aker group since 1998, and has held numerous key positions, including various CEO positions. Karl Erik has held several board positions in different industries, including oil service, offshore drilling, offshore and merchant shipping, shipbuilding, IT services, real estate and construction industry. Karl Erik holds an MSc in Marine Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and an AMP from Harvard Business School. 

Edoardo Padeletti

Edoardo Padeletti is the Head of Mergers and Acquisitions and Ventures at Baker Hughes. Throughout his career, he has worked in M&A and strategy for more than 15 years, executing more than $50B of transactions living in Europe, the Middle East and the United States. At Baker Hughes, Edoardo is responsible for leading the company’s inorganic long-term growth strategy including investments divestitures and energy transition. Mr. Padeletti holds an MS in Industrial Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Milan.

Brian Worrell

Brian Worrell most recently served as Chief Financial Officer for Baker Hughes. With more than 30 years of experience as a financial executive, he also served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for GE Oil & Gas since January 2014, and as Vice President, GE Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis, since December 2010. Worrell was Vice President of the GE Corporate Audit Staff from January 2006 to December 2010, where he led a team of 750 people in ensuring financial statement integrity, controllership, compliance, and best practices throughout the company. He has worked on five continents and in multiple businesses throughout his career and has served on several Boards of Directors for companies and non-profits. Worrell is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with an honors degree in economics.