Johan H. Andresen is the Chairman of the Board of Ferd, which is fully owned by him and his family. He is the 5th generation of owners and entrepreneurs. He has an MBA from Erasmus, Rotterdam School of Management, and a BA from Dartmouth College.
Ferd is one of the largest privately held industrial and financial groups in Norway. It has roots back to 1849 and consist today of six business areas, out of which five are fully commercial and one is dedicated to scaling social entrepreneurs with focus on giving kids and youth new opportunities through empowerment and education. There are currently 8 operations in the portfolio and 5 in an "alumni" category. Ferd contributes capital and competence from all over the company to help the social entrepreneurs succeed.
Ferd’s value adjusted equity was USD 3.3 billion at 31.12.14. Sales of directly controlled companies, or through funds initiated by Ferd, are approx. USD 3.0 billion, and employs approx. 15,000 people.
Johan is also Chair, Council on Ethics, Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global. Directorships include SEB - Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken, NMI-Norwegian Microfinance Initiative, which he launched together with the Government of Norway, and JA Europe.