John G. Bernander

John Gordon Bernander (born 22 September 1957) is a Norwegian politician for the Conservative Party and former director-general of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) and the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise.

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Director-General of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise
In office
21 September 2009 – 1 November 2012
Preceded byFinn Bergesen Jr.
Succeeded byKristin Skogen Lund
Director-General of the Norwegian Broadcasting Cooperation
In office
15 June 2001 – 19 March 2007
Preceded byEinar Førde
Succeeded byHans-Tore Bjerkaas
Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party
In office
20 April 1991 – 10 April 1994
LeaderKaci Kullmann Five
Preceded byAstrid Nøklebye Heiberg (First Deputy)
Succeeded byBørge Brende (First Deputy)
Member of the Norwegian Parliament
In office
1 October 1989 – 30 September 1993
Personal details
John Gordon Bernander

(1957-09-22) 22 September 1957 (age 64)
New York City, New York, U. S
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Sigrun Bernander

Early life and careerEdit

He was born in New York City, grew up in Brooklyn and Kristiansand. He was educated at the Norwegian Naval Academy in Bergen from 1976 to 1977 and graduated from the University of Oslo with the cand.jur. degree in 1982.


In 1989 he was elected to the Parliament of Norway from Vest-Agder, but he did not stand for re-election in 1993. From March to November 1990 he was appointed State Secretary in the Ministry of Trade. During this period his seat in Parliament was taken by Kirsten Huser Leschbrandt. Bernander had been a personal secretary (today known as political advisor) in the Ministry of Industry from 1985 to 1986.

On the local level he was a member of Kristiansand city council from 1979 to 1985 and 1987 to 1989, the first period in the executive committee. He chaired the county party chapter from 1988 to 1989. From 1991 to 1994 Bernander was vice-chairman of the nationwide party. He was a member of the nationwide central board from 1988 to 1997.


Before entering politics Bernander worked as a businessman and lawyer. From 1993 to 2001 he was CEO of the Gard P&I Club and later Gard Services in Arendal. From 15 June 2001 to 19 March 2007, Bernander was the director-general (kringkastingssjef) of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, the Norwegian state-owned broadcasting company. He succeeded Einar Førde, and was succeeded by Hans-Tore Bjerkaas. From 2006 to 2007 Bernander was vice president of the European Broadcasting Union.

From May 2007 Bernander is associated with The Mosvold Shipping Group in Kristiansand.[citation needed] From September 2009 to September 2012 he was the director-general of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise. He then moved on to the managing director position in Viking Heat Engines.


  • "John G. Bernander" (in Norwegian). Storting.
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Director-general of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise
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