Members of the Board

The Board of Schibsted ASA currently consists of 10 members. 7 are elected by the shareholders while three are elected by and from the employees.

Ole Jacob Sunde (born 1954)

Board Chair

Board member since May 2000. Board chair since May 2002. Chair of the Compensation Committee since it was established in 2004. 

Founder and board chair of Formuesforvaltning ASA (2000–). Established Industrifinans Forvaltning ASA in 1983 and was managing director until 2000. Former consultant in McKinsey & Co. (1980–83). Various other directorships, including board chair of The Tinius Trust and board member of Blommenholm Industrier AS. Member of the Board of The Scott Trust and Princess Märtha Louise’s Fund. 

MBA (Université de Fribourg, Switzerland) 1976 and Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University (USA) (with distinction) 1980.

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Birger Steen (born 1966)





Board member since 2014. Birger Steen is CEO of Parallels since 2010, and is based in Seattle. Non-executive Director of Nordea since 2015.

He previously served as Vice President of Worldwide SMB and Distribution at Microsoft and as General Manager of Microsoft Russia and Microsoft Norway. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2002, Birger Steen was CEO of Scandinavia Online and Vice President of Business Development in Schibsted ASA. His first engagement with Schibsted was while he worked for McKinsey & Company as a consultant and engagement manager from 1993 to 1996. Before joining McKinsey, Steen was as an oil trader with Norwegian Oil Trading in Lithuania.

Birger Steen received his MSc in computer science and industrial engineering from the Norwegian Institute of Technology in Trondheim. He also holds a degree in Russian language from the Defense School of Intelligence and Security and received his MBA from INSEAD in France.

Marianne Budnik (born 1968)

Marianne Budnik

Board member of Schibsted Media Group since May 2016.

Marianne Budnik is Chief Marketing Officer at SimpliVity, a global leader of hyperconverged infrastructure solutions for enterprise IT. She is based in Boston, MA. Budnik previously served as Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of product line management for Acme Packet (2011-2014), through the company’s acquisition by Oracle in 2013. Budnik served as Chief Marketing Officer of CA Technologies (formerly Computer Associates) between 2009 - 2011, and held a series of leadership positions within EMC Corporation between 2000 - 2009, including Vice President, Global Marketing Programs, heading the EMC marketing operations and corporate strategic planning organization, and Director of Software Product Marketing.

Marianne Budnik holds an MBA from Boston University and a BA from Babson College.

Christian Ringnes (born 1954)





Deputy board member of Schibsted from May 2002 to 2005. Elected as ordinary board member in May 2005. Managing director and major owner in Eiendomsspar AS and Victoria Eiendom AS (1984–). Consultant in McKinsey & Company (1981–82) and project manager (1983–84), Manufactures Hanover Trust Company, Assistant to Area Manager, Nordic Countries (1978–79). 

Chairman of the board in Pandox AB, NSV-Invest AS, Sundt AS, Dermanor AS, Oslo Flaggfabrikk AS and Mini Bottle Gallery AS. Board member in Thor Corporation AS and Norges Bank’s Real Estate Investment Board. Various directorships in companies in the Eiendomsspar group.

Harvard Business School, Boston, USA (1979-81), Master of Business Administration. Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, Universite de Lausanne (1975-78), Siviløkonom.

Arnaud de Puyfontaine (born 1964)





Board member of Schibsted since May 2012. CEO and Chairman of the management board of Vivendi Group since 2014.

Consultant at Arthur Andersen, and in 1989 project manager at Rhône-Poulenc. In 1990 he joined Le Figaro as Executive Director. Member of the founding team of the Emap Group in France in 1995, Chief Executive Officer of Emap France in 1998. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Emap France in 1999. He served from 2000 to 2005 as Chairman of EMW, the Emap/Wanadoo digital subsidiary. In 2006, he was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Editions Mondadori France and headed all digital business for the Mondadori Group in 2007.

In April 2009, Mr. Puyfontaine joined the US HEARST media group as CEO of its UK subsidiary, Hearst UK. In 2011, on behalf of the Hearst Group, he led the acquisition of 102 magazines from the Lagardère Group published abroad, and was in June 2011 appointed Executive Vice President of Hearst Magazines International before being appointed Managing Director of Western Europe in August 2013.

Chairman of ESCP Europe Alumni from 2011 to 2014. Educated at the Paris European School of Management, France MBA, ESCP (1988), Harvard Business School (2000).

Independent Director of Kepler, Director of Telecom Italia, member of the Advisory Committee of Innit, Director of Melty Group. 

Eugénie van Wiechen (born 1969)


Board member of Schibsted since May 2012. CEO of FD Mediagroep, Netherlands.

Previously Managing Director of, Netherlands (2009–2011); Managing Director of,, Netherlands (2008–2009); publisher in Young Women's Magazines and Director Consumer Marketing (2006–2008) and Director of Consumer and Trade Marketing (2003–2006) in Sanoma Uitgevers, Netherlands; Management Consultant and Engagement Manager in McKinsey & Company, Netherlands (1995–2003).

Eugénie van Wiechen holds an MSc in chemical engineering from the University of Amsterdam in (1994) and an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France (1997).

Board member at the Dutch Cancer Society.

Orla Noonan (born 1970)

Orla Noonan

Board member since 2017. CEO of Groupe AB, a leading editor, producer and distributor of audio-visual content in French-speaking Europe, which is owned by Mediawan.

Noonan started her career in investment banking with Salomon Brothers in London, where she worked particularly with the telecom and media sectors. She joined Groupe AB in1996, participating in IPOs in New York and Paris. Subsequently, she oversaw the Group’s acquisitions, including the takeover of RTL9 and TMC TV channels, as well as its financial and regulatory affairs. Noonan was also President of the DTT channel NT1 between 2005 and 2010. She was nominated CEO in 2014, she initiated the build-up of the Group’s production business through the acquisition of independent production companies. Mediawan acquired Groupe AB in March 2017 as a first step in its strategy to create a European premium content platform. She is an independent Director of Iliad. 

Orla Noonan is a graduate of HEC, Paris (Diplome HEC, 1994) and Trinity College, Dublin (BA (Hons) Economics, 1992).

Ingunn Saltbones (born 1971)

Employee representative 





Board member of Schibsted Media Group from May 2001 to May 2003 and since May 2015.  Journalist in VG since 1997, covering current affair news, health and royalty, and more recently sex and relationships.  She was VG’s Paris correspondent from 2002–2003. Senior health and safety representative in VG from 2011. Leader of the Editorial Union from 1999 to 2001. TV and radio reporter for NRK Buskerud from 1996 to 1997, freelancer for NRK news from 1995 to 1996. She has also worked for TV2 News, NRK Dagsnytt and the newspaper Vårt Land.  

Ingunn Saltbones hold a degree in journalism from Oslo University College of Applied Sciences (1994–96) and in French from the University of Oslo (1992–94). 

Torbjörn Ek (born 1977)

Employee representative 

Torbjörn Ek

Board member of Schibsted Media Group since May 2016. Deputy Board member of Schibsted Media Group from 2012 to 2015. Elected by the employees in Sweden.

Ek joined Aftonbladet as a reporter and videographer in 2005. Acted as Aftonbladet's foreign correspondent based in London from 2009 until 2012, covering current affairs, politics, crime, sports and showbiz. Now based at Aftonbladet’s headquarters in Stockholm, covering showbiz, and also hosting and producing TV shows for Aftonbladet's online television. Elected member of the Board of the local journalist union at Aftonbladet (2006 - ).

Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Stockholm University (1999 - 2001).

Finn E. Våga (born 1960)

Employee representative 





Deputy Board member of Schibsted Media Group since May 2013, and Board member of Schibsted Media Group since May 2015. Joined Stavanger Aftenblad in 1982. Illustrations editor at Stavanger Aftenblad, and previously travel and feature journalist. Elected union representative for the local journalist union in Stavanger Aftenblad (1996–2002, 2006–2012), leader of the Works Council in Schibsted Norge (2008–2012), Board member of NJ Schibsted (2008–2012), deputy member, National Executive Council, Norwegian Union of Journalists, (2003–) and member of Works Council, Norwegian Union of Journalists (2007–). 

Våga's educational background is in photography.