Thor Gjermund Eriksen has joined Norwegian betting and lottery operator Norsk Tipping as its new CEO.
Eriksen was previously director-general of the country’s national public broadcasting company, Norwegian Broadcasting Corp. (NRK), a position he first assumed in 2013. Eriksen left his role at the broadcaster at the end of April and will begin his role of CEO at Norsk Tipping on 12 September 12.
“This is a very exciting and challenging job, and I am very happy to have been given this opportunity,” Eriksen said in a statement. “Norsk Tipping’s social mission is important for the whole of Norway, for the players and for the sport, culture and humanitarian sector that are completely dependent on the means of play.
“I look forward to getting to know Norsk Tipping better, and all the challenges that await.”
The statement noted that Norsk Tipping has seen “relative stability” over the past few years, coming through the Covid-19 pandemic to deliver record profits in 2021.
The company’s previous CEO, Åsne Havenelid, chose to leave the position after a six-year tenure.
Norsk Tipping Board Chairwoman Linda Bernander Silseth said, “I am very happy to be able to present Thor Gjermund Eriksen as the new CEO of Norsk Tipping. He has a solid background in the media industry, including as CEO of Amedia and broadcasting manager for NRK for the past nine years.”