|Known for Ferd AS||Spouse Kristin Andresen|
|Born July 25, 1961 (age 55) (1961-07-25) Oslo|
Alma mater Rotterdam School of Management Dartmouth College
Occupation Chairman of Ferd AS 2012-current CEO of Ferd AS 1998-2012
Education Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
Children Alexandra Andresen, Katharina Andresen
Similar Alexandra Andresen, Gustav Witzøe, Lukas Walton, Bobby Murphy
Johan Henrik Andresen (born 25 July 1961) is a Norwegian industrialist and investor. Since 1998, Andresen has been the owner of Ferd, one of the largest privately held companies in Norway. He served in the position of CEO from 1998 to 2012, and has been the chairman of the board since 2012. In the magazine Kapital’s list of the 400 richest Norwegians, Andresen is ranked as number five, with a net worth equaling more than USD 3.27 billion. While his father Johan H. Andresen sr. lived, Andresen added jr. to his name, but ended this practice when his father died in 2011.
Andresen was born in 1961 in Oslo, as the son of industrialist Johan Henrik Andresen (1930–2011), and Marianne Ebba Therese Bielke. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Policy Studies from Dartmouth College in 1988, and an MBA in 1993 from the Rotterdam School of Management.
Andresen was Product Manager in International Paper Co., USA from 1989 to 1991. In 1993 he became a Partner in the Norwegian industrial group Tiedemanns-gruppen. He succeeded his father as the sole owner and CEO in 1998, and thus became the fifth generation of the Andresen family in charge of the company since the first Johan H. Andresen bought the tobacco company J.L. Tiedemanns Tobaksfabrik in 1849. In 1998 the tobacco production of Tiedemanns Tobaksfabrik was merged with the Scandinavian Tobacco Company, and in 2005 Andresen sold all his shares in the company for NOK 3.3 billion.
Tiedemanns-gruppen changed its name to Ferd in 2001. Today, Ferd owns Elopak, Aibel (50%),TeleComputing, Interwell and Swix Sport, among other companies, in addition to substantial portfolios of stock, hedge fund investments, Private Equity and property. The company’s net asset value has grown from NOK 7,4 billion in 2003 to NOK 24,3 billion as of year’s end 2013.
In September 2006, Andresen famously attempted to acquire the Swiss packaging and former weapons producer SIG, by placing a bid of NOK 11 billion for 50.01% of the shares in the company. Andresen's plan was to merge SIG with Ferd-owned Elopak, making it the world's second largest packaging manufacturer. SIG, however, initiated a bidding war, and in March 2007 Ferd announced that it would no longer be pursuing the transaction. This would have been one of the largest acquisitions in Norwegian history.
Andresen chairs the Council on Ethics for the Government Pension Fund Global. He is Chairman of the Board of Ferd AS, and serves as a board member of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (SEB) in Sweden, NMI – Norwegian Microfinance Initiative, Junior Achievement –Young Enterprise, Europe, and Junior Achievement –Young Enterprise, Norway (Ungt Entreprenørskap).
In 2006, Andersen initiated a collaborative project between public and private interests. This led to the launching of NMI – Norwegian Microfinance Initiative in 2008, a microfinance institution aimed at stimulating growth in impoverished countries. In 2009 he formed Ferd Social Entrepreneurs, a separate non-commercial business area within Ferd that supports selected organisations, projects and individuals in activities where the social results carry greater weight than the financial results.
Andresen is married to Kristin Gamlemshaug. The couple has two daughters, Katherina and Alexandra. In 2007, Andresen transferred most of the Ferd Holding shares, for an estimated value of NOK 12 billion, to his daughters. He is the grandson of Johan H. Andresen, and the great-grandson of Johan Henrik Andresen.