New manager of Lofotr Næringsdrift AS

13 December 2023

We welcome Torunn Rørvik Wilhelmsson as the new manager of Lofotr Næringsdrift AS. Torunn will take up the position on 1 February 2024.

Ole Martin Hammer, who has filled the role for more than 20 years, will retire in the summer of 2024. Torunn has an exciting and relevant background and we look forward to having her on the team.  

Torunn Rørvik Wilhelmsson has previously been general manager of Lofoten Kulturhus KF, development and business manager in Skånland/new Tjeldsund municipality and advisor in the development of the tourism industry in Innovation Norway and Finnmark Reiseliv. She has education in management, tourism, place development and art history.  

Torunn Rørvik Wilhelmsson will take up the position on 1 February 2024.  

About the position: After more than 20 years in the role, our current manager of Lofotr Næringsdrift AS will retire in the summer of 2024. Now we are happy to announce our new general manager. Rørvik Wilhelmsson will have the main responsibility for leading commercial operations and development in Museum Nord, and will also be deputy in Museum Nord in the absence of the director. 

Among the general manager’s duties and areas of work are responsibilities for:

The position reports directly to the CEO of Museum Nord. It is the same board of directors in both companies. 

About Museum Nord

For several decades, Museum Nord has been allowed to safeguard and disseminate the rich and proud cultural heritage of Lofoten, Vesterålen and Ofoten. Well-known destinations and brands such as Lofotr Viking Museum, Lofoten Museum, Hurtigruten Museum, together with our 18 other places of visit, have hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world every year. In this way, Museum Nord has also established itself as a cornerstone of the region’s tourism industry. 

In addition to our museum operations, we work continuously with research, collection work and knowledge development in our museums and through our projects. The programmes Interreg and Creative Europe under the auspices of the EU are examples of such projects. The same applies to SKREI – a centre for knowledge and experiences related to the Lofoten fishery, which will open in Kabelvåg in 2026. 

Museum Nord receives operating support through the Ministry of Culture’s grant scheme for museums and also has significant commercial activities. The commercial activities are mainly handled by our subsidiary Lofotr Næringsdrift AS. The turnover for both companies ended at Rs 118 crore in 2022, of which 50% of this was own income. 

Overall, these two organizations employ 110 full-time equivalents, and 200 people during the peak season. A close-knit and committed group characterized by a strong interest in cultural history, dissemination and our local communities. 

We welcome Torunn as the new manager of Lofotr Næringsdrift AS from 1 February 2024.

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