Geir Sjaastad joined Cermaq ASA (previously Statkorn Holding AS) in 1996 and was appointed Deputy CEO in 2002. From March 2009 he took up the role as Project Director. He is a business studies graduate from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration and has also pursued legal studies. Sjaastad's previous employment includes periods as manager/partner of Gemini Consulting and IKO Strategi (1988 – 1996), as well as finance director and company secretary of Bjølsen Valsemølle AS (1981 – 1988). As of 30th June 2010 Sjaastad holds 44,227 shares through close associates and he also holds 35,000 options in Cermaq ASA.