Willy H Olsen retired in 2003 after almost 25 years with Statoil, the national oil company of Norway. When he retired he had been a Senior Advisor to the President & CEO of Statoil for several years.
He joined Statoil in 1980 after 15 years in journalism. During his time in Statoil Willy H Olsen has held a number of positions, including Senior Vice President Government Affairs, Managing Director Statoil UK, Senior Vice President E&P International with responsibility for the countries in the former Soviet Union and Senior Vice President Corporate Strategy.
Willy H Olsen has an in-depth knowledge of Norway's development as one of the leading global oil and gas producers and of Statoil’s development as a national oil company from its role as an instrument for the government to its listing in New York and Oslo in 2001. He has over the last ten years also made a number of presentations at international conference on the Caspian developments and on the need for transparent oil revenue management.
He has been a member of various advisory boards on Caspian and Russia, and is a Governor in the Board of Oxford Energy Institute.