Mr. Breivik will succeed Hilde Merete Aasheim who will leave StatoilHydro on the same date to take up her new position as executive vice president of Aluminium Metal in Norsk Hydro.
Gunnar Breivik is currently senior vice president of StatoilHydro's health, safety and environment cluster. Mr. Breivik will continue to hold the responsibility for this field as well.
After completing his chemical engineering studies as a chartered engineer at the of Science and Technology (NTNU) in 1981, Mr. Breivik was employed by Phillips Petroleum before he started working for Norsk Hydro in 1985.
Gunnar Breivik held a number of positions in Hydro Oil & Energy, including managerial positions such as platform manager and field manager, before he took over as head of HSE in the operations organization of Hydro Oil & Energy in 2001, a position he held until the merger with Statoil took effect in October 2007.