Former Minister of Defence Grete Faremo (Labour Party)


Born: 1955

The minister of Defence is responsible for the political management and control of the Norwegian Armed Forces and for the formation and implementation of Norwegian security and defence policy.

Work Experience
2009 - Consultant
2003 – 2008 Director Law and Corporate Affairs, Western Europe, Microsoft
1997 – 2003 Executive Vice President, Storebrand
1997 Member of Stortinget, the Norwegian Parliament
1996 Minister of Oil and Energy
1992 – 1996 Minister of Justice
1990 – 1992 Minister of Development Cooperation
1990 Director, Norwegian Labour Press AS
1988 – 1989 Managing Director, Theatrium AS,  Aker Brygge
1986 – 1988 Contract Manager, Aker Eiendom AS
1984 – 1986 Head of Division, Ministry of Development Cooperation
1980 – 1984 Executive officer (legal issues), NORAD
1979 – 1980 Executive officer, Ministry of Finance
2006 - 2009 Norsk Hydro ASA:  Deputy Chairman of the Board
2006 - 2009 FFI (Norwegian Defense Research Establishment, Deputy Chairman of the Board
2008 - Oslo Filharmonien:  Member of the Board
2008 - COWI AS (Norge):  Member of the Board
2009 - COWI A/S (Denmark):  Member of the Board
2009 - Chat Noir AS: Chairman of the Board
2009 - The Competence Development Fund of Southern Norway: Chairman of the Board
2009 Norsk Helsenett SF, chair
Note: Resignation from the boards of Norsk Hydro ASA, FFI and Helsenett confirmed. Resignation from remaining boards to be confirmed.
Associations etc
2006 - 2009 ABELIA, Chairman of the Board
1986 - The Norwegian Helsinki Committee;  Council member
1997 - Trilateral Commission,  Member
1999 - “Foundation Archive”,  Chairperson of the Advisory Council
1998 - Baltic Development Forum,  Member of Advisory Board
1997 - German-Norwegian Advisory Council for the Ruhrgas Scholarships, Member
Previous assignments
Energy: Statnett SF (Chairperson),   SAGA Petroleum ASA, Elkem ASA, Total E&P Norge AS, SN Power Invest AS
ICT/Media: Schibsted ASA, Bravida ASA
CSR: Norwegian People’s Aid (Chairperson), Norfund, Institute for Social research (ISF) and PLAN International, Norway
Corporate Assembly ABB Norway, Bravida ASA, Reitan Narvesen ASA
Politics 1980 - 1997 Cultural and International committee of AUF; the Labour Party Youth Organization
Board Member of Afghanistan Committee (NGO)
Member of Forum for Art and Culture of the Labour Party
Deputy member of Oslo City Council
Board member of Oslo Labour Party
Member of the Labour Party Group for International Analysis
Others Member of the Government appointed Banking Law Commission
Member of the Government appointed Committee on administration and organization of government owned companies
Chairperson of the Government appointed task force on internet related crime against minors
Member of the Press Complaint Commission
1973 Upper Secondary School – Leaving certificate
1978 Law Degree, University of Oslo (Main subject:  International Law.)
1978 The Hague Academy of International law:  Summer Seminar
1998 IMD, Lausanne:  Experienced Managers Course
Language skills English  - fluent spoken and written
Danish and Swedish - fluent
German – average / knowledge of spoken and written