Senior management

Bjørn Dale
Managing Director
Bjørn Dale
Managing Director

Mr. Dale joined DNO in 2011 with extensive legal and cross-border transactions and corporate restructuring experience.  Mr. Dale holds a Master of Law degree from the University of Oslo and an Executive MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics. 

Chris Spencer
Chief Operating Officer
Chris Spencer
Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Spencer joined DNO in 2017. Mr. Spencer previously served as the CEO of Rocksource ASA and in various commercial and technical roles at Royal Dutch Shell and BP. He is a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Chemical Engineers in the United Kingdom. 

Haakon Sandborg
Chief Financial Officer
Haakon Sandborg
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Sandborg joined DNO in 2001. In addition to his oil and gas experience, he has a background in banking, including positions at DNB Bank. Mr. Sandborg holds a Master of Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Business Administration. 

Nicholas Whiteley
Chief Commercial Officer
Nicholas Whiteley
Chief Commercial Officer

Dr. Whiteley joined DNO in 2015. Dr. Whiteley previously served as General Manager of Exploration at Cairn India. He commenced his career at BP and has a Master of Science degree in Earth Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a PhD from the University of Oxford.

Geir Arne Skau
Chief Human Resources and Corporate Services Officer
Geir Arne Skau
Chief Human Resources and Corporate Services Officer

Mr. Skau joined DNO in 2019. Mr. Skau previously served in the Norwegian Armed Forces and in various human resources leadership roles at TechnipFMC. He was educated at the Norwegian Military Academy.

Tonje Pareli Gormley
General Counsel - Middle East
Tonje Pareli Gormley
General Counsel - Middle East

Ms. Gormley joined DNO in 2018. She was previously a partner in Arntzen de Besche law firm. She holds a law degree from the University of Oslo and a diploma in law from the London Metropolitan University.

Wieske Paulissen
Group Head of Exploration and Subsurface
Wieske Paulissen
Group Head of Exploration and Subsurface

Dr. Paulissen joined DNO in 2014. Dr. Paulissen previously worked as an exploration geoscientist for ExxonMobil. She holds a PhD and a Master of Science Degree from the University of Delft in Petroleum Engineering and Geosciences.

Tom Allan
General Manager
Kurdistan region of Iraq
Tom Allan
General Manager
Kurdistan region of Iraq

Mr. Allan joined DNO in 2019. Mr. Allan previously served as COO of Oilserv and in various operational and managerial roles at Schlumberger. Mr. Allan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada. 

Ørjan Gjerde
General Manager
DNO North Sea
Ørjan Gjerde
General Manager
DNO North Sea

Mr. Gjerde joined DNO in 2017.  Mr Gjerde  previously served as CFO of Noreco and in management roles at various oil services companies.  He is a state authorized public accountant and obtained his Master level degree in Accounting and Auditing from the Norwegian School of Economics.

Kjersti Kaurin
Corporate Counsel and Secretary
Kjersti Kaurin
Corporate Counsel and Secretary

Ms. Kaurin joined DNO in 2019 with broad petroleum and corporate law experience from various law firms. She holds a Master of Law degree from the University of Oslo and has attended the Advanced LLM Programme in Energy Law offered by the Universities of Groningen, Oslo, Aberdeen and Copenhagen.