Øystein Michelsen has been appointed Tanzania country manager in Development and Production International, Sub-Saharan Africa (DPI SAF) in Statoil.
Michelsen will report to DPI SAF senior vice president Tove Stuhr Sjøblom, and will assume his new responsibilities on 1 January 2014. His office location will be Dar es Salaam.
Michelsen succeeds acting country manager Knut Henrik Dalland, who will continue in a senior position in the Tanzania gas development and country organisation.
Michelsen is currently executive vice president of Development and Production Norway (DPN), a role he has held since 2008.
He joined Norsk Hydro in 1981 and came to Statoil with the merger in 2007, taking up the role as senior vice president for Operations North. He has a broad background from a range of operational and leadership positions. Michelsen has a master degree in physics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in 1980.