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Published 2023-09-01

Øyulf Hjertenes appointed as COO of Schibsted News Media


NEW POSITION: Two decades after commencing his career as a journalist at Bergens Tidende, Øyulf Hjertenes assumes the role of COO at Schibsted News Media. Photo: Rune Sævig, Bergens Tidende.

Schibsted Coast Director and former Editor-in-Chief of Bergens Tidende, Øyulf Hjertenes (44), is taking on new responsibilities within Schibsted’s news division.

“I am incredibly pleased that Øyulf accepted this newly created position. Few have been with Schibsted as long as he has, so he knows the organization better than most. He has also grown up with journalism, which is at the core of what we do,” says Siv Juvik Tveitnes, Group Director of Schibsted News Media.

Hjertenes began his career as a journalist at Bergens Tidende as early as 2003, three years before Schibsted became the majority owner of the newspaper. After a few years, he took on various leadership roles within the media house, and in 2015, he was appointed as the new Editor-in-Chief and CEO.

In 2019, he handed over the editorial responsibility to the current Editor-in-Chief, Frøy Gudbrandsen, and became the Director of Schibsted Coast, overseeing Schibsted’s media houses on the West Coast. Since then, he has served as Chairman of the Board for Bergens Tidende, Stavanger Aftenblad, and Schibsted’s local newspapers on the West Coast. Additionally, Hjertenes is the Chairman of the Board for NTB and Media City Bergen.

He will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Schibsted News Media on September 1.

A key role

“As COO, Øyulf will play a key role in further developing the news division and contributing to innovation and collaboration in a complex organization. His ability to look ahead and translate strategies into tangible results aligns well with Schibsted News Media’s long-term goals of maintaining the importance of journalism in society while delivering sustainable growth,” says Tveitnes.

Hjertenes will have dedicated responsibility for strategy, communication, and the print business at Schibsted News Media. Additionally, he will oversee external strategic partnerships. Hjertenes will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board for Bergens Tidende and Stavanger Aftenblad.

“Schibsted is a media conglomerate with fantastic brands, dedicated and skilled employees, and high aspirations for the future. I look forward to taking on the role as COO and contributing to the company’s development in the years to come,” says Hjertenes.