Lasse Kristoffersen has taken over as president and CEO of Wallenius Wilhelmsen pledging to focus on the Norwegian ro-ro shipping provider’s digitalisation and decarbonisation priorities.

He replaces Torbjørn Wist, who assumed the role of acting CEO in March last year after the departure of Craig Jasienski (who has since moved to Neptune Lines as CEO).


Lasse Kristoffersen is the new president and CEO of Wallenius Wilhelmsen

Kristoffersen joined the company on June 1 and brings nearly 30 years’ worth of maritime expertise. He moves from his role as president and CEO of Norwegian bulk shipping provider, Torvald Klaveness. Previous to that role he worked at the maritime risk management and assurance company Det Norske Veritas (DNV).

“With his background and experience, we are confident that he, together with our experienced team, will continue to strengthen the company’s competitive advantage, and steer Wallenius Wilhelmsen into the future, for the benefit of our customers, employees, investors, and civil society,” said Rune Bjerke, chair of the board.

Kristoffersen has a reputation in the sector for his commitment to digitalisation and decarbonisation of shipping and logistics. He said that Wallenius Wilhelmsen would “shape the future of shipping and logistics, both with regards to application of technology and development of green and sustainable solutions.”

Kristoffersen has also worked to increase the number of women in the maritime sector in recent years. He plans to take this important work forward as CEO of Wallenius.

“My main job is to mobilize all the talented people at Wallenius Wilhelmsen, to ensure that we create the solutions for the challenges of tomorrow,” he said.

Kristoffersen’s focus on decarbonisation comes as Wallenius Wilhelmsen moves forward with its sustainability objectives, which include zero-emission equipment at all terminals and yards by 2022, a totally decarbonised fleet of vessels by 2025, and 100% carbon neutrality by 2050.