C-Suite: Ashild Hanne Larsen with Equinor on Becoming Digital Ninjas

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Katie Mehnert

She started as a Catering Assistant and rose the ranks of then, Statoil, now Equinor. And last year she was named CIO of the Year. Åshild Hanne Larsen is Equinor’s CIO and SVP of its IT function. Her current focus is on creating business value from IT and supporting Equinor’s journey towards a broad energy company– using IT as a key enabler in improving operational efficiency and transforming the industry.


Ms. Larsen started her career with Equinor in 1993 and has broad experience both from professional and executive roles primarily within HR and IT, including leadership of corporate projects and large-scale organizational change efforts. She holds a specialist MBA from Heriot Watt University in the UK, as well as a Master of Arts degree from Universität Bielefeld in Germany. She serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees at the International School of Stavanger.

Ms. Larsen was named PetroLady of the year 2017, is a Nordic CIO of the year 2018 nominee and a CIO of the Year Europe 2019 award winner. She won the Leader of the Year award 2019 at Norway’s SHE conference, Europe’s largest gender equality conference and was also named one of Norway’s 50 leading Women in Technology 2019.

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