Board of Directors

Kjell-Erik Østdahl

Chairman of the Board

Kjell-Erik Østdahl joined Archer Limited as Chairman of the Board in September 2019, prior to which he spent 21 years at Schlumberger in a number of senior positions within operations, business development, marketing and executive management in China, Norway, UK, France and US. He served as Executive Vice President, Operations, Schlumberger from 2011 to 2013 and was senior partner at HitecVision from 2014 to 2015. Mr. Østdahl is a professional investor in technology start-up companies and real estate. In addition, he is a senior advisor at Blackstone Investment Firm. Mr Østdahl serves as Chairman on the Boards of Sekal AS, Inflow Control AS, Earth Science Analytics AS, Keystone AS and is a board member of Windspider AS.

Mr. Østdahl holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Mr. Østdahl is a Norwegian citizen and resides in Norway.

James O’Shaughnessy


Mr. James O’Shaughnessy has served as Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee since September 2018. Prior to joining the Archer Limited’s board of directors, Mr O’Shaughnessy served as Executive Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller of Axis Capital Holdings Limited since March, 2012. Prior to that Mr. O’Shaughnessy has amongst other served as Chief Financial Officer of Flagstone Reinsurance Holdings and as Chief Accounting Officer and Senior Vice President of Scottish Re Group Ltd., and Chief Financial Officer of XL Re Ltd. at XL Group plc. Mr. O’Shaughnessy received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College, Cork, Ireland in 1985 and is both a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ireland and an Associate Member of the Chartered Insurance Institute of the UK.

Mr. O’Shaughnessy earned a Master’s Degree in Accounting from University College Dublin in 1986. Mr. O’Shaughnessy is an Irish,  British and Bermudan citizen, residing in Bermuda.

Giovanni Dell’ Orto


Giovanni Dell’ Orto was appointed as a Director in February 2011.

Mr. Dell’ Orto was president and chief executive officer of DLS Drilling, Logistics and Services from 1994 to August 2006; since then he remains member of the board of DLS. He is a member of the board of Energy Developments and Investments Corporation (EDIC), a company with substantial investments in the oil and gas activities in South America. He is a nonexecutive member of the board of directors of Gas Plus, an Italian company listed on the Milan Stock Exchange. Mr. Dell’ Orto has also served as chairman and chief executive officer of Saipem and was a board member of Agip and Snam.

Mr. Dell’ Orto is an Argentinean citizen and resides in Switzerland.

Kristian Melhuus


Kristian Melhuus is a Director of Seatankers Management Norway AS. He holds a MSc in Industrial Economics and Technology Management from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) / University of Karlsruhe. He is a board member in Mowi and Noram Drilling Company. Before working in Seatankers he has among other things held the position as Investment Director in HitecVision. Mr. Melhuus is a Norwegian citizen, residing in Norway

Peter J. Sharpe


Mr. Sharpe was appointed as a Director in November 2019. Mr. Sharpe retired from Shell in 2017 after holding a diverse range of Executive Management positions at various international locations over a period of 37 years. He Served as Executive Vice President of Shell for over 10 years, with responsivity for managing Shell upstream investments in well construction and maintenance globally. He served as chairmen of Sirius Well Manufacturing Pte, an independent joint venture between Shell and China National Petroleum Corporation from 2012 to 2017 and as a non-executive director of Xtreme Drilling and Coil Services Corporation from 2008 to 2014. Mr Sharpe also served on the Board of Directors off Seadrill Limited from June 2018 until December 2020.

Mr. Sharpe received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Hull in 1980. Mr. Sharpe is a UK citizen residing in the United Kingdom.