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Elisabeth Aarsæther appointed new Director General of the Norwegian Communications Authority

The Ministry of Transport and Communications has appointed Elisabeth Aarsæther as the new Director General of the National Communications Authority (Nkom). Aarsæther comes from the position of Deputy Director General of Nkom and will replace Torstein Olsen.

Press release | Date: 6 Oct. 2017 | Ministry of Transport and Communications

“The post and electronic communications sectors will both face major challenges in the coming years. With Elisabeth Aarsæther at the helm, Nkom will have a chief executive with many years’ experience and broad insight into both sectors. After over ten years at Nkom, she is highly qualified to head and develop Nkom in line with society’s and the sectors’ needs,” says Norwegian Minister of Transport and Communications Ketil Solvik-Olsen.

Today at a session of the Council of State, Deputy Director General Elisabeth Aarsæther was appointed the new Director General of the National Communications Authority (Nkom) in Lillesand.

Elisabeth Aarsæther joined Nkom (at the time called the Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority) as Information Director in 2004. She held this office until 2012. For the past five years, Aarsæther has been Deputy Director General of Nkom. Before joining Nkom, Aarsæther worked for the County Governor of Svalbard, where she was head of information from 1995 to 1999, and as a project manager at the Norwegian Public Roads Administration.

Elisabeth Aarsæther is 52 years old and has a cand.mag. degree from Volda University College in information and communication. She has also studied economics and business administration at BI Norwegian Business School and has taken various Master’s modules in media science at the University of Bergen. Aarsæther has completed the Norwegian Defence University College's leadership course.

Elisabeth Aarsæther takes up her new post on 16 October 2017.

The post of Director General of Nkom is a fixed-term position with a term of office of six years. The Ministry of transport and Communications advertised the position of Director General in June this year when the current Director General Torstein Olsen resigned from the position in order to become an Assistant Director at Nkom.