Mr. Thuestad holds the position as EVP Bauxite & Alumina since May 2018 having led Hydro Extruded Solutions, Europe since Hydro’s acquisition of Sapa in 2017. Prior to this Thuestad held the position as EVP Sapa Extrusions Europe since 2013. From 2012 to 2013 he led Sapa Profiles with production plants in Europe, North America and China. From 2009 to 2012 he led Alcoa Global Primary Products with 40 locations in Australia, Latin America, Europe and North America. Thuestad has previously been the CEO of Elkem AS and Elkem Aluminium AS. Prior to that, Thuestad was Managing Director of Norzink AS and Fundo AS.
Thuestad has served as Board member/Chairman of Tyssefaldene AS 1997-2000, Board member of Borregaard AS 2005-2007, Statkraft/Groener AS 2000-2003 and as Officer of Alcoa Inc 2010 - 2011. Thuestad is member of the Executive Committee of the European Aluminium Association.
He has a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering; and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA.