Runar Nilsen

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Runar was appointed Deputy CEO of Santa Fe Relocation in September 2019, and alongside Yann Blandy he is responsible for driving the growth and transition of the organisation. Runar’s expertise lies in successfully carrying out restructuring and turnaround management in large and medium-sized multinational organisations. Runar is responsible for driving change and transformation in Santa Fe and also overall responsible for Group functions – Finance, Legal, HR, IT and Procurement.

A structured and action-oriented C-suite leader with extensive experience in complex negotiations, he has a proven ability to engage people from board level to front line operations in active financial and operational improvement processes.

Runar is a talented Change Manager (BoD/CEO/CFO/CRO). Prior to his first C-level role in 1996, Runar had 13 years’ experience as system developer, systems manager, project manager, marketing & sales manager, management consultant and logistics director.

In addition to Santa Fe Relocation, Runar is a Founding Partner of Recore, a Norwegian restructuring boutique consultancy.

Runar is a Norwegian national, living in Norway and commuting to London.

Biggest professional achievement?

Successfully completed the turnaround and workout of Kvaerner PLC Group (f.k.a. Trafalgar House PLC) with 250 legal entities globally.

Best piece of leadership advice you ever received?

Take your work seriously, but never take yourself too seriously.

Something unusual about yourself that most people at work don’t know.

My favourite holidays are travelling to and eating at nice restaurants.

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