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Knut Roar Wiig

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Knut Roar is one of the founders of Nordic Unmanned and is still the largest shareholder of the company.

Before funding Nordic Unmanned, he was in the European wine & spirit industry where he was funding several companies and later co-funding SPV companies in the housing property development industry.

In other words, Knut Roar is an impatient and daring entreprenur that always sees possibilities.

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Lars A. Landsnes

Chief Operations Officer (COO)

Lars joined Nordic Unmanned as COO and Accountable Manager from Wideroe Airline, where he held the function as Vice President Continuous Improvement.

Lars has for the last 25 years held various senior international leadership positions in the manned aviation and aerospace industry.

Building new businesses and business lines, and experience from change management both from large organisations and startups, makes Lars an important resource for Nordic Unmanned.

In addition, Lars holds a Master of Science in Business Administration.


Cecilie Drange

Chief Revenue Officer (CRO)

Cecilie Drange is the current Chief Revenue Officer at Nordic Unmanned. She holds a MSc in Metallurgical and Material Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso, where she graduated with Honours.

Cecilie brings 20 years of experience from the oil and gas industry, and has worked for major service companies such as Sclumberger, Baker Hughes and Weatherford, in positions ranging from field operations to senior level business development and sales management roles. Cecilie has vast international experience, having worked in locations such as Kuwait, Libya and Kazakhstan in addition to several years on the NCS.


Heidi Gåskjenn

Vice President, Operations

Heidi Gåskjenn joined Nordic Unmanned in January 2019. Leading up to 2019, she had seven years of experience as a helicopter pilot, mainly for transportation of personnel offshore in the UK sector.

In addition, Heidi has also worked as data analyst and desk controller, and has recently completed a bachelor’s degree in business and administration at BI Business School

Heidi is a pilot on the Skeldar V-200, one the heaviest UAS in the Nordic Unmanned portfolio. She is a skilled and resourceful person who is not afraid of hard work and new opportunities.

She combines her long experience in conventional aviation with an expertise in unmanned systems to excel in her role as Vice President, Operations and pilot at Nordic Unmanned.

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Pål Kristensen

Vice President, Logistics & Robotization

Pål is one of the co-founders of Nordic Unmanned. He hold a B.Sc in Petroleum Logistics and have been working as a consultant within operational offshore logistics and emergency preparedness for more than 15 years. His last position in the Oil and Gas industry was Material and Logistics Manager for Spirit Energy.

He has held several roles in Nordic Unmanned since the start up and is currently Vice President, Logistics and Robotization where he is eager to drive efficiency and optimization by implementing unmanned systems together with Nordic Unmanned’s clients.


Alexander Hatlestad

Vice President, Green Solutions

Alexander has a technical background as a system mechanic on the F-16 fighters of the Royal Norwegian Airforce and Bell 412 helicopters.

He has worked 11 years in the Norwegian Oil and Gas industry as a field specialist. After that, Alexander has been working in the Norwegian drone industry for the last 6 years, in various roles from operations to business development. Alexander is also a certified PPL-A and UAV pilot.

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Laurent Rouchon

Senior Vice President, Defense & Security

Laurent has spent 16 years in the French Air Force, as a senior officer, instructor and fighter pilot and has flown on several type of Fighter Jets. He holds a degree in aeronautical engineering.

He has worked 13 years in several Global companies like Thales, Collins Aerospace and Parrot where he took on multiple roles from sales manager, sales director, program and project director, company executive.


José Luis Gil Yepes, PhD

Vice President, Digitalization

José Luis Gil joined Nordic Unmanned on September 2019 as our Digitalization Manager.

He has a master’s degree in Geodesy and Cartography in addition to a PhD in Geomatics and Machine Learning.

José Luis is specialised in LiDAR, remote sensing data processing and data acquisition systems.

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Bruno Boucher

Senior Vice President, Airworthiness & Certifications

Bruno Boucher joined Nordic Unmanned in 2019 after 12 years of experience at large German airline subsidiaries having delivered many airport, airline and civil aviation projects around the world.

His main responsibilities consists of working with Civil Aviation and other authorities to secure the permits to fly for our operations in various countries for our platforms.

Born in Canada, now German citizen, he brings a vast experience in shaping and delivering large complex projects that involve technical, commercial, legal and operational dimensions.