We are very pleased and proud to announce Petter Stordalen as speaker at the DSM17 Banquet dinner, September 5, 2017.
Petter Stordalen is one of the most successful businessmen in the Nordics. He is the son of a merchant and started out selling strawberries in the small town of Porsgrunn and ended up as the founder of one of the largest hotel companies in the Nordic region. Petter is not the average guy. He has courage, energy and enthusiasm and love people.
Today Petter owns one of the biggest hotel companies in the Nordics. The company has over 190 hotels, employs 13 000 people, control 23 independent hotel brands. Petter sole owner and CEO of Strawberry. Strawberry is a privately held Nordic corporation consisting of 10 companies operating in a wide range of business fields. The corporation primarily invests in real estate, finance, hotel operations and art. In addition, the group supports selected initiatives and organizations that contribute to a more sustainable society.
In the later stages of his career, he has pursued a number of philanthropic endeavours, donating large amounts of money to various charitable organizations within environment/climate change and scientific research programs through The Stordalen Foundation, initiated by Petter and Gunhild A. Stordalen. The Stordalen Foundation supports work aimed at solving health, environmental and climate challenges, the most significant being EAT Food Forum.