Deputy President and Chief Financial Officer
Year of Appointment: 1994
Year of Employment: 1986
Education: Degree in Philosophy, Psychology and Law from the University of Oslo, Norway.
Knut Kleiven joined Rezidor in 1986 as the Group Accounting Manager, before being promoted to Operational Controller, then Corporate Controller. He was appointed as Rezidor’s Vice President & Chief Financial Officer when Rezidor signed the strategic agreement with Carlson Companies to develop the Radisson SAS brand in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
In 1994, Knut was promoted to Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer and has helped to steer and control the business through a period of rapid expansion to its current status as a truly multi national, multi brand operation. Prior to joining Rezidor, he served in the position of Internal Auditor for Scandinavian Airlines Group.
In July 2005, Rezidor announced a new structural and organisational direction for strategic and operational reasons – triggered mainly by its dynamic growth – to decentralise the operational organisation. Knut was then promoted to Deputy President and Chief Financial Officer of Rezidor, a role in which he actively supports the President & Chief Executive Officer in the strategic development of the company> He also leads the company’s focus on investments, participations, joint ventures and investment funds. In 2006, Knut successfully led the IPO process that resulted in Rezidor being listed as a publicly traded company on the Stockholm Stock Exchange.
Born in Norway in 1954, Knut has a degree in Philosophy, Psychology and Law from the University of Oslo. Knut He has a calm, intriguing personality, with a very sophisticated sense of humour and a rare ability to explain the most complicated matters in simple terms. Knut’s admirable intelligence and knowledge of business, plus his unique ability to see through the detail, make him one of the most valuable members of the executive team and a strong pillar of the company.