Executive Chairman – Stavanger, Norway
Kjell Jacobsen has over 30 years of industry experience. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Jacobsen was the President and CEO of Smedvig ASA. After Seadrill acquired Smedvig, Mr. Jacobsen served as President and CEO of Seadrill Management AS (Seadrill Ltd) from 2005 to 2008. He managed the integration of Seadrill and Smedvig, and then executed a significant growth program via acquisitions and new-builds, transforming Seadrill into the second largest deepwater driller globally at that time. Mr. Jacobsen spun-out Seadrill’s platform drilling and well services division into Seawell Limited (later known as Archer). Mr. Jacobsen has held senior positions in Statoil and Citibank both in Oslo and London.
Education: Norwegian Naval Academy, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH), and INSEAD Advanced Management Program
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