Kari Gjesteby

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Kari Gjesteby (born 16 May 1947) is a Norwegian politician for the Labour Party. She has never been a member of the Norwegian Parliament, but has been State Secretary for three tenures, as well as Minister of Trade and Shipping from February to October 1981 and Minister of Justice and the Police from 1990 to 1992. After her political career she has been a director in the Bank of Norway, director of the National Library of Norway and the Norwegian Library of Talking Books and Braille and, from 2009, the first female State Conciliator of Norway.

Career

Early career

She was born in Oslo as a daughter of politician Omar Gjesteby and housewife Ingrid Elisabeth Thoresen.[1] Odd Gjesteby (deceased) and Arne Gjesteby (deceased) are her brothers.[2] She enrolled in primary school in Bjølsen in 1953, and finished secondary school at Oslo Commerce School in 1965. From 1967 to 1970 she studied economics at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration. She also worked in Landsbanken from 1966 to 1967 and Universitetsforlaget from 1967 to 1972. She had become involved in the Workers' Youth League in her teenages, chaired the secondary school branch from 1964 and was a secretary from 1966. She was a board member of the local Labour Party chapter from 1964 to 1966 and 1974 to 1975.[1]

Political career

From 1972 she was a consulent in the Ministry of Local Government and Labour. She left in 1974 to become political secretary (today known as political advisor) in the Ministry of Government Administration and Consumer Affairs. In January 1976 she was promoted to State Secretary in the Ministry of Church and Education. She left in January 1978, but returned in October 1979 as State Secretary in the Ministry of Finance. On 4 February 1981 she was promoted to Minister of Trade and Shipping in the so-called "female government" of Gro Harlem Brundtland. This cabinet only lasted until October 1981. From 1981 to 1982 she was a secretary for the parliamentary group and the now-minority leader Gro Harlem Brundtland. When the second cabinet Brundtland assumed office in May 1986, Gjesteby was State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She left in May 1988. In the first two years of the third cabinet Brundtland, from November 1990 to September 1992, Gjesteby was Minister of Justice and the Police.[1]

Later career

In between her spells as a full-time politician she worked for the Nordic Council of Ministers from 1978 to 1979 and 1983 to 1986. In 1990 she as hired as director in the Bank of Norway. She was given absence of leave to be director of the National Library of Norway from 2002 to 2004 and the Norwegian Library of Talking Books and Braille from 2005 to 2006.[1] In 2009 she was appointed as the State Conciliator of Norway, as the first woman to hold the position.[3]

She was a board member of the Bank of Norway (1983–1989) and the Nordic Investment Bank (1988–1990, 1992–1996), the last four years as deputy chair. She was a board member of Oslo arbeidersamfunn (1973–1975, 1983–1984), Horten Verft (1974–1983, 1974–1983), Elcon Leasing (1978–1979), Statens driftssentral for administrative databehandling (1978–1979), Oslo Lysverker (1988–1990), Norsk Hydro (1990) SAS Norway (1997–2001), Mint of Norway (2001-2003), HAV Eiendom (2003–present), Statskonsult (2003–present), Norwegian Academy of Music, Veidekke (2004–present), White Buses Foundation (2007–present). She was the deputy chair of the Guarantee Institute for Export Credits (1993–1995), and chaired the board of directors of the Cancer Registry of Norway (1988–1990), Kommunenes filmsentral (1994–1995), Asplan Viak (1997-2006), Kings Bay (2000-2002), Bjørnøen (2000-2002),[1] and the National Institute for Consumer Research.[4] Of the Nordic Arts Centre in Suomenlinna she was chair (1978-1982) and board member (1982-1983). In Dyno Industrier she was a board member (1985-1995) and chair (1996-2000). Of Oslo Bolig- og Sparelag (OBOS) she was a board member (1985-1987), deputy chair (1987-1990) and chair (1990), and of OBOS Forretningsbygg she was a board member (1988-1990) and chair (1990). From 1985 to 1990 she was a board member of Norwegian Federation of Co-operative Housing Associations.[1]

She lives in Enerhaugen.[4]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "Kari Gjesteby" (in Norwegian). Stortinget.no.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Pryser, Tore (1991). Arbeiderbevegelsen og Nasjonal Samling (in Norwegian). Oslo: Tiden. p. 99. ISBN 82-10-03346-8.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Tranøy, Torstein (21 August 2009). "Historisk sjefsmegler". Dagens Næringsliv (in Norwegian). p. 17.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 "60 år 16. mai: Direktør Kari Gjesteby" (in Norwegian). Norwegian News Agency. 26 April 2007.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
Political offices
Preceded by
Reiulf Steen
Norwegian Minister of Trade and Shipping
February 1981–October 1981
Succeeded by
Arne Skauge
Preceded by
Else Bugge Fougner
Norwegian Minister of Justice and the Police
1990–1992
Succeeded by
Grete Faremo
Civic offices
Preceded by
Bendik Rugaas
Director of the National Library of Norway
2002–2004
Succeeded by
Vigdis Moe Skarstein
Preceded by
Director of the Norwegian Library of Talking Books and Braille
2005–2006
Succeeded by
Øyvind Engh
Preceded by
Geir Engebretsen (acting)
State Conciliator of Norway
2009–present
Incumbent