John G. Bernander

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John G. Bernander
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Director-General of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise
In office
21 September 2009 1 November 2012
Preceded by Finn Bergesen Jr.
Succeeded by Kristin Skogen Lund
Director-General of the Norwegian Broadcasting Cooperation
In office
15 June 2001 19 March 2007
Preceded by Einar Førde
Succeeded by Hans-Tore Bjerkaas
Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party
In office
20 April 1991 10 April 1994
Leader Kaci Kullmann Five
Preceded by Astrid Nøklebye Heiberg (First Deputy)
Succeeded by Børge Brende (First Deputy)
Member of the Norwegian Parliament
In office
1 October 1989 30 September 1993
Constituency Vest-Agder
Personal details
Born
John Gordon Bernander

(1957-09-22) 22 September 1957 (age 63)
New York City, New York, U. S
NationalityNorwegian
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s)Sigrun Bernander

John Gordon Bernander (born 22 September 1957) is a Norwegian politician for the Conservative Party and former director-general of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) and the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise.

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Early life and career

He was born in New York City, grew up in Brooklyn and Kristiansand. He was educated at the Norwegian Naval Academy in Bergen from 1976 to 1977 and graduated from the University of Oslo with the cand.jur. degree in 1982.

Politics

In 1989 he was elected to the Parliament of Norway from Vest-Agder, but he did not stand for re-election in 1993. From March to November 1990 he was appointed State Secretary in the Ministry of Trade. During this period his seat in Parliament was taken by Kirsten Huser Leschbrandt. Bernander had been a personal secretary (today known as political advisor) in the Ministry of Industry from 1985 to 1986.

On the local level he was a member of Kristiansand city council from 1979 to 1985 and 1987 to 1989, the first period in the executive committee. He chaired the county party chapter from 1988 to 1989. From 1991 to 1994 Bernander was vice-chairman of the nationwide party. He was a member of the nationwide central board from 1988 to 1997.

Business

Before entering politics Bernander worked as a businessman and lawyer. From 1993 to 2001 he was CEO of the Gard P&I Club and later Gard Services in Arendal. From 15 June 2001 to 19 March 2007, Bernander was the director-general (kringkastingssjef) of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, the Norwegian state-owned broadcasting company. He succeeded Einar Førde, and was succeeded by Hans-Tore Bjerkaas. From 2006 to 2007 Bernander was vice president of the European Broadcasting Union.

From May 2007 Bernander is associated with The Mosvold Shipping Group in Kristiansand.[ citation needed ] From September 2009 to September 2012 he was the director-general of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise. He then moved on to the managing director position in Viking Heat Engines.

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Preceded by
Einar Førde
Director-general of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation
20012007
Succeeded by
Hans-Tore Bjerkaas
Preceded by
Finn Bergesen
Director-general of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise
2009–2012
Succeeded by
Kristin Skogen Lund