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Hilde Merete Aasheim took the helm as CEO on May 8 earlier this year. She is number 13 on Fortune’s list, containing the 50 most powerful women leading large global businesses.

“It is bit surprising, but at the same time flattering to be named on a list together with so many talented and successful women,” says Aasheim.

Fortune accentuate that the Hydro CEO has used the opportunity to champion sustainability, with ambitions to make Hydro a leader in reducing the environmental impacts of metals. 

“There are far too few female leaders in business and our industry. If I can help inspire others and thus contribute to both business in general and our industry attracting more female leaders, then it feels both right and important,” Aasheim says.

See Fortune’s Most Powerful Women International list here

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