Board of Directors

Kjell-Erik Østdahl

Chairman of the Board

Kjell-Erik Østdahl has had a tenure of 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 and EY. Mr Østdahl serves as Chairman on the Boards of Sekal AS and Cannseal AS and is a board member of Olympic Subsea ASA and Seadrill Limited.

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


James O’Shaughnessy has been an Executive Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller of Axis Capital Holdings Limited since March 26, 2012. Prior to that Mr. O’Shaughnessy has amongst other served as Chief Financial Officer in the Bermuda operations of Flagstone Reinsurance Holdings SA 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 the year 1981 to 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 the year 1985 to 1986.

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


Peter Sharpe was appointed director in Archer in November 2019.  Mr. Sharpe retired from Shell in 2017 after holding a diverse range of Executive Management positions in international locations over a period of 37 years. He served as Executive Vice President of Shell for over 10 years, with responsibility for managing Shell upstream investments in well construction and maintenance globally. He served as Chairman of Sirius Well Manufacturing Services Pte Ltd an independent Joint Venture between Shell and CNPC from 2012 to 2017 and as a non-executive director of Xtreme Drilling and Coil Services Corporation from 2008 to 2014. Peter Sharpe sits on the Board of Directors of Seadrill Limited.