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About Nordic Choice Hotels

Corporate Management

Torgeir Silseth

Torgeir was managing director at Quality Hotel Hafjell from 1991 to 1996. He was then appointed Director of Operations Scandinavia until 1999, when he became Vice President. He took over as CEO in 2006. Torgeir has his education from Norwegian College of Hotel Management in Stavanger.

Bjørn Arild Wisth
Deputy CEO

Bjørn Arild comes from a position as partner and managing director Hartmark Consulting, one of the leading consulting companies. He has more than 14 years of experience consulting in business development, strategy and management of Norwegian and international companies. Wisth has a degree in political science from the University of Oslo and the University of Wales.

Helén Borchgrevink 
Chief Financial Officer

Helén comes from the position as Finance and HR Director in Telenor Telehuset. She has several years of experience in senior positions in finance and administration in various sectors, both in Norway and internationally.
Helen is a graduate in Business Economics at the Norwegian Academy / Oslo School of Economics and has studied management and strategy from the London Business School and the Budapest University of Economic Sciences.

Katalin Paldeak
Chief Operating Officer Nordic Choice Hotels

Katalin was the last CEOof the Grand Hotel in Stockholm during the period 2001-03. Before that, she was a hotel manager for three years at the same hotel. She has extensive hotel experience, including from the Diplomat Hotel and Good Morning Hotel. Katalin has been with Nordic Choice Hotels since 2004.Katalin is a graduate from the School of Gothenburg and has completed courses in such IFL and Cornell University in the USA. From 2002-2004, she was director of Servera and she is now director of Åhlens AB, both Axel Johnson AB.

Trond Bastiansen
Chief Operating Officer Independent hotels

Trond started in Nordic Choice in 2007, and was for three years Operating Officer with responsibility for Quality Hotel in Norway. From 2011 – 2014, Trond was Executive Vice President for Clarion Collection Hotel. In the period 1997 - 2007 he was Deputy Managing Director of Dolly Dimple's restaurant chain, before that, he was Assistant Professor and later Dean of the Norwegian School of Stavanger. Trond has a Masters Degree in International Hotel Management from the Norwegian School and Cornell University.

Catarina Molén-Runnäs
CEO Nordic Property Management

Catarina is a graduate civil engineer. Throughout her career, Catarina has worked with real estate projects and management. From her earlier experience, she worked at Forsen Projekt AB, LM Ericsson Real Estate AB and NCC Construction AB. Catarina worked in Scandic Hotels for eight years before she joined Nordic Choice Hotels in 2012 as CEO Nordic Property Management. 23


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