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Gro Jære

Mrs Gro Jære

Director General, Norwegian Defence Material Agency
Norway
Ms. Gro J􀀂re assumed the role of Director General of the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency on 1 March 2022. Having held multiple leadership positions in both the public and private sector, Ms. J􀀂re has a proven ability to deliver results and organizational development within a diverse range of fields, including health care, transportation, telecommunications, and defence. 
Prior to joining the NDMA, Ms. J􀀂re served as CEO of Sykehuspartner HF from 2017 to 2022, after originally joining the organisation's management team in 2016. Sykehuspartner HF is the largest entity of its kind in the Nordic countries, providing shared services to hospitals in the southeast of Norway. During her time as CEO, Ms. J􀀂re led its transition from an operational towards a delivery and customer-oriented mindset, as well as the organization's response to both critical service interruptions and the impact of the COVID­pandemic. 
From 2012 to 2016 she served in a variety of project management and leadership roles within IT, strategy and operations at Oslo Airport AS, helping manage the continued growth of Norway's most important transportation hub. This followed four years as head of IT deliveries at the Oslo Airport Express Train and completed her nine-year career within public transportation. 
Ms. J􀀂re's earliest experience stems from 12 years within engineering and telecommunications industries, initially joining the Norwegian branch of Siemens in 1995 as a service engineer, providing on-site technical and engineering support. In 2000 she would go on to join Norwegian telecoms provider Telenor, where she spent seven years as a project manager, section manager and delivery planner. 
Throughout her career, she has benefitted from her education within technology and management, including a MSc in cybernetics which provided her with a solid understanding of technology and in regulating dynamic systems. She has since supplemented her formal education with a keen understanding and interest in information security and security management. 
Analytical by nature, Ms. J􀀂re main skill is her ability to quickly develop the situational awareness necessary to focus her efforts on critical issues. As a leader she is known to provide the stability and cohesion needed to allow her teams to deliver results through trust-based and truly inclusive processes. 
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