Ingrid Solheim – portrait
Who are you?
I am 42 years old and work as CEO at StS. I’m married to Vidar, together we have three sons, one cat and two gold fishes. Education in leadership subjects from respectively BI, NHH and the University of Bergen.
I have had several positions in the company, and have worked both in project, administration and management. I was HR manager for 10 years while we were in a growth phase. Then I was CEO for 2 years while the company was in a demanding restructuring phase before I became Chairman of the supervisory board of directors. Now I have been CEO again since the spring of 2017 and I have a long-term plan for my position.
I have several different appointments in employers’ organizations, I am the chairman of the Association of Corrosion Contractors, Board member of Corrosion, Insulation and Scaffolding Association (KIS), Chairman of Norsk Industri Vestlandet, Representative of Norsk Industri, and am a delegate to the NHO General Assembly. In addition, I am in the election committee at FROSIO and in the KIS’s work committee for a responsible work environment. It is important to me that we have a serious and responsible working environment in Norway and I find it important that StS, as a major employer, engages in this work.
What do you do?
That is a big question. When you are a leader of a business at our size, you get to work with a little of everything. Most of my work is interesting. Sometimes I have to make difficult but necessary decisions. It can be demanding, but it is still interesting.
The most important thing for me is to create results. This way we can secure jobs and create added value for our owners. Much of my time is spent on analyzing markets, customers, contract strategies and finance.
I enjoy visiting our projects where I meet colleagues, customers and partners.
What project are you on now and how is it progressing?
Now we are working on our strategy. We will set strategic goals and a final plan that will be submitted to our Board of supervisory directors for approval. The challenge has been to clarify whether we should be an ISS supplier in the future. We have now decided that we will continue to be an ISS company with rope access technology and habitat solutions as a special service. This means that we will strengthen our Insulation and Surface order-backlog and develop our services within Rope Access Technique and Habitat.
We have also decided that we will explore markets outside of the oil and gas industry. This way we will be more robust in the event of new market fluctuations. We see that many of our customers do the same assessment.
What are your dreams?
Personally, I am a strong family person and dream of the best for my children. I also have a long bucket list of things I dream about doing. It contains many topics, among other things, I am planning to learn snowboarding. It has not been very successful so far.
I am where I want to be in my career, but I have goals for what to achieve while i am here.