Hurtigruten Group AS announced that Torleif Ernstsen has decided to resign from his position effective, June 30th, 2023 and that James McArthur will succeed him as Chief Financial Officer of the Company.
“I am immensely grateful for my time at Hurtigruten Group. It has been exciting and rewarding, both personally as well as professionally over the last six years. I am very proud of helping the company become a leader in sustainable, adventure travel and while I cannot join the next phase of its’ journey, led out of London, I will follow its’ success, closely” said, Torleif Ernstsen.
Ernstsen will remain in his role through June 30th and join Carnegie Investment Banking as Managing Director out of Oslo, Norway in August 2023.
“I want to thank Torleif for his hard work and contributions to the growth of the organization over these last years. He has been a great partner to me and leader for our finance team. His capital markets, strategic and financial expertise has been important to helping us deliver on our ambitions and as our group executive management team transitions to London, he will be missed” said, Daniel Skjeldam, CEO Hurtigruten Group.
Succeeding Torleif Ernstsen will be James McArthur as CFO, Hurtigruten Group AS. James brings over thirteen years of corporate finance, accounting, business planning and investor relations experience within a Private Equity environment to the company with his most recent position as CFO, GenesisCare based in Dallas, Texas. Prior to his time in the US, James served in various roles across Europe for GenesisCare including as European CFO and UK General Manager leading the country unit operations. Before GenesisCare James worked as a private equity focused Investment Banker with UBS AG in Sydney, Australia. James McArthur holds a B.A. from Saint Louis University (US) and Master of Finance from The University of Melbourne (Australia).
“I look forward to joining the executive management team at Hurtigruten Group and to be a part of an organisation that is operating from a position of strength with such a clear vision and growth strategy. It’s also a privilege to be a part of a company that puts its’ environmental and social values at the centre of the work, making a real difference with concrete, measurable solutions” said, James McArthur.
“It gives me great confidence to have James step into this role. Not only does he have a comprehensive understanding of managing a complex leverage and business performance agenda, he also brings a broad skillset covering M&A, operational excellence, system implementation, data curation and design with expertise in stakeholder engagement as well as being incredibly passionate about adventure travel” said, Daniel Skjeldam.