Permian | Permian Group announces Marianne Normann (36) as Group CEO 
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Permian Group announces Marianne Normann (36) as Group CEO 

She is among the absolute best. Marianne is smart, hard-working and always helpful towards her co-workers. In her new role as Group CEO, Marianne will strengthen the company’s Corporate governance and management in Norway and Sweden.  

The Permian Group is delighted to announce the appointment of Marianne Normann as their new CEO, effective from October 1, 2020.  

– The company has experienced both rapid and sound development in the last couple of years, and I am proud to be given the opportunity to continue working on this. I feel confident that it will be both an exciting and challenging journey. We will continue to achieve sustainable growth by investing in talents and systems with a goal of being the preferred partner for our customers, Marianne says.   

Ben Guren is stepping down as group CEO after recently turning 60. He will continue as Chief Growth Officer for the group. 

Further expansions 
On the announcement of Marianne’s new position, Permian group former CEO Ben Guren says:  

– Permian’s owners and employees are pleased that Marianne Normann is taking over as group CEO. We are confident that she will continue the positive development of Permian group as the leading fund administrator to Norwegian and Swedish alternative funds, investment companies and family offices. 

Normann knows the Nordic market and the Permian customers well from having held different management roles in Permian group since her arrival, most recently as partner HR and IT and CEO of Permian Fund Services AS. She came to Permian from PwC deals in 2014.  

She’s looking forward to spending even more time and getting to know the Swedish market closer.  

– We have had a breakthrough in Sweden the last 1-2 years. The fund market is growing rapidly in Sweden, and our operations there are increasing at a high pace. We are constantly focusing on strengthening the team, our processes and invest in systems to deliver with the best quality to our clients. This will be a key focus going forward.  

Growth made possible by smart investments in IT  
When the Covid-19 pandemic hit the Nordic countries in the middle of March, many companies had little or no experience with archetypical work-from-home challenges. 

– We had used Microsoft Teams for a while before having to move our daily operations from the office and into our homes. Our investments prior years in IT, having everything cloud based and secure, made us less vulnerable to the challenges that followed with the pandemic. From the very first day of having to work from home, business was running as usual. Solid IT systems and solutions made further growth possible, Permian’s new Group CEO says.  

She does not hesitate to honour her co-workers:  

– I am immensely proud to be a part of such a highly competent team that cares for each other while daring to challenge each other daily. My co-employees inspire me, both personally and professionally. Within our sector, I would have to say we probably have the best teams in Norway and Sweden. 

Energetic both at work and in her private life 
Snowboarding, hiking, Bjørvika Business Band, friends and family are only a handful of the activities that occupy Marianne during her spare time.  

At work, colleagues appreciate her for always having time for talks despite a tight schedule and many deadlines. She is constantly available and always positive. 

– Marianne is intelligent, precise, ambitious and caring, says Axel H. Daasvand, Chief operating officer at Permian.  

Marianne holds two master’s degrees: An MSc in finance from Bodø Graduate School of Business and an MSc in Professional Accountancy (Norwegian Statsautorisert revisor) from the Norwegian Business School in Oslo.  

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