ExxonMobil has a long history of leadership in the petroleum and petrochemical industries, and ExxonMobil Norway’s management team continues that history of excellence.


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Jan Åge Hansen

Jan Åge Hansen is the Managing Director for Esso Norge AS and the Lead Country Manager (LCM) for ExxonMobil companies in Norway, based at the head office at Forus.

Jan Åge is originally from Stavanger and joined Esso Norge AS in 1982 following economist education at the university in Edinburgh, Scotland (BS/Economics & Business) and the university in Alberta, Canada (MS/Economics Finance).

He has had numerous positions and managerial roles within the company’s upstream business, both in Norway and abroad. Since 2009 as Joint Interest Manager Norway he has been responsible for ExxonMobil’s ownership interests in fields operated by other companies. From 2016 he also has an equivalent role for ExxonMobil interests in Azerbaijan, where he is also the LCM. These roles are held in addition to the LCM role for the company’s businesses in Norway.

Raf Stout

Raf Stout graduated in 1994 as an Electro-Mechanical Engineer from the University of Ghent, Belgium. In 1998 he achieved a Master Degree in Business Administration at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.

Raf started to work for Esso in 1994 at the Esso refinery in Antwerp, where he held several positions in the technical, operating and maintenance departments. He also worked abroad at Esso refineries in Ingolstadt, Germany and Trecate, Italy, in Supply and Refining assignments as well as in a Distribution Terminal in Sclessin, Belgium.

Before becoming refinery manager at Slagen in August 2016, he had several assignments at the headquarters in Fairfax and Houston, U.S., within planning, business analysis and process advise.