OSLO—Per Heggenes, who stepped down as chief executive of Burson-Marsteller’s U.K. operations last month, is joining Norwegian shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics as its head of corporate affairs and part of the company’s executive leadership team.
Previously known as Wallenius Wilhelmsen Lines, WWL was recently re-branded to reflect a broader focus on supply chain management, ocean services, inland transportation and technical services for customers, particularly automakers and heavy vehicle and equipment manufacturers.
Heggenes and his family will reportedly continue to live in London, but the job—his first foray into the corporate realm—will be based in Norway.
Heggenes has spent 24 years with Burson-Marsteller in a variety of positions, having joined the firm as an account executive in 1982. He was named country manager in his native Norway in 1992, and later became worldwide director of human resources for the firm, chief operating officer of Burson’s European operation, and chairman of the corporate practice in Europe. In his most recent role, he had oversight of knowledge development, the firm’s knowledge and research centers, company intranet and website development and was a member of the global leadership team.