Norsk Tipping CEO Thor Gjermund Eriksen has informed the company that he is vacating the position, promoting the notation of an immediate recruitment drive.
Eriksen was first appointed to the role in April 2022 and assumed full responsibility on 12 September, joining the state-owned betting and lottery operator after a long career in media.
He said: “It is with a heavy heart that I have made this decision, and the plan was clearly to stay in Norsk Tipping longer. In one year, I have become very happy with both the social mission Norsk Tipping has and also the employees at Hamar.”
The outgoing CEO will vacate the leadership role on 1 October 2023 to become CEO of Bane Nor, the government body tasked with coordinating and developing the Norwegian railway system.
His background has largely been in the media. As a career journalist he was Editor at the Dagbladet and Aftenposten media outlets, CEO of Norway’s second largest online and print media publisher Amedia and Head of Broadcasting at NRK.
On his new role at Bane Nor, he said: “In the same way as Norsk Tipping, Bane Nor has an important social mission. Leading the job of ensuring good and future-oriented infrastructure on the railways in Norway is exciting and something I have chosen to accept.”
Sylvia Brustad, Norsk Tipping Chair, has immediately initiated a search for a new CEO upon being informed by Eriksen of his plans for departure and new career at Bane Nor.
She remarked: “It is sad for both the board and the employees that Thor Gjermund is leaving. He has done a very good job in the time he has led the company, and we would very much like to see him stay with us longer. We wish him the best of luck in his new job.”