Jens P. Heyerdahl

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Person.png Jens P. Heyerdahl  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(lawyer, CEO)
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Born17 February 1943
Alma materINSEAD
SpouseMette Heyerdahl
Norwegian CEO and newspaper owner who attended the 2001 Bilderberg.

Not to be confused with his father with the same name, Supreme Court lawyer Jens Paludan Heyerdahl Sr (1910-2002)

Jens Paludan Heyerdahl Jr. is a Norwegian CEO. He was CEO of Orkla ASA until 2001 when he was succeeded by Finn Jebsen[1]. Heyerdahl and his family control a major share in the newspaper Dagbladet.[2]


Jens P. Heyerdahl has an MBA from INSEAD in France, and was previously one of Norway's best show jumpers.


Heyerdahl is the son of Supreme Court lawyer Jens P. Heyerdahl sr.

Heyerdahl joined Orkla aged 31 in 1975, after it had been decided to set up a separate office in Oslo. (The company's head office was then at Løkken Verk in Sør-Trøndelag). He moved up to CEO as early as 1979. One of the most important things that happened in the first ten years after this was a clarification of Orkla's two main areas: "Industry" and "Investments". In the early 1980s, the investment area accounted for the largest part of the income.

In 1986 came the merger with Borregaard, which laid the foundation for today's three-part Orkla structure: Branded goods (for the grocery industry), Special materials and financial investments. Under Heyerdahl's leadership, Orkla continued to buy up businesses and expand internationally; primarily in the Nordic countries, and later Russia and Eastern Europe.

When Heyerdahl started as CEO in 1979, Orkla had a few hundred employees and a turnover of approx. NOK 300 million. When he resigned as CEO in 2001, the group had grown to 35,000 employees and had 45 billion in turnover.

Jens P. Heyerdahl and his family control a major shareholding in Dagbladet. His late wife, Mette Heyerdahl, also owned a larger shareholding.


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/200124 May 200127 May 2001Sweden
The 49th Bilderberg, in Sweden. Reported on the WWW.