Three Aker BioMarine executives were recognized as Top 10 professionals in the 2016 Young Leadership Talents awards in Norway. Aker BioMarine was the only company to have three candidates receive the prestigious Norwegian nominations.
Trond Atle Smedsrud (34) (photo), Executive Vice President of Marketing and Communications, made the overall top-ten list of talented young leaders and was second in the marketing leader category.
Erik Digman (35), Director Product Innovation, held third place in the innovation category.
Cilia Holmes Indahl (28) (photo), Director of Sustainability, ranked among the top-ten list of company developers.
"One of the company’s strategic pillars is dedicated to employee development and conscious commitment to talent,” says Hege Spaun, HR Manager at Aker BioMarine. “We go out of our way to think differently about how to attract talent and then challenge them to make a real difference.”
As a global company employing 25 nationalities, Aker BioMarine is proud of its diversity and uses its global network to recruit the best talent.
Spaun believes young professionals, in particular, want to help solve global problems, such as scarce resources, food security, and health and climate challenges. “Because the company pursues sustainable, transparent resource practices and safeguards the marine ecosystem in which it operates, we appeal to like-minded talent.”
Sharing know-how and hands-on training are considered key success factors at Aker BioMarine. Spaun has noted that most innovative ideas emerge from teams that are inter-departmental, multinational, and draw on employees in all age groups.
“Bringing together teams of experienced fishermen, scientists, millennials, and former management consultants from companies such as McKinsey and PwC, creates the combination of business-case development, product innovation, marketing skills, and project management that are vital to company growth,” Spaun adds.
“Bringing together teams of experienced fishermen, scientists, millennials, and former management consultants from companies such as McKinsey and PwC, creates the combination of business-case development, product innovation, marketing skills, and project management that are vital to company growth.”
HR Manager, Aker BioMarine