Bjørn Ågotnes (Bjorn Agotnes)


  • Consulting
  • Executive, Board Appointments
  • General Management
  • Finance
  • Sales and Marketing

Industry Expertise

  • Automotive
  • Construction, Engineering
  • Fashion
  • Fast Moving Consumer Goods
  • Financial Services
  • Hospitality & Leisure
  • Industrial/Manufacturing
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Not-for-Profit
  • Real Estate
  • Retail
  • Retail, Fashion & Luxury Goods
  • Sport
  • Technology

Bjørn is a Managing Partner and Chairman of the Board at Horton International in Norway. Bjørn was a founder of the Norwegian branch of Horton International in 2000. He is engaged in executive search and recruitment of top management and board members for international companies in Norway and Norwegian companies in Europe. His clients include international corporations, PE-funds and major, locally owned companies with strong brands.

His experience includes leading positions in Nordic Choice Hotels/Strawberry and LOOC (the organizing committee for the Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer in 1994). In addition, he has been the manager and chief press officer for the Norwegian national alpine ski team. Before starting up Horton International in Norway he held a Partner role in an internationally oriented media company which he started up and sold out.

  • Guest Lecturer at University of South Eastern Norway within Strategy & Management
  • Key Speaker at the Insead Nordic Inboard program 2019



  • “Best Practice” – how to use personality tests for selecting the right candidates, cooperation with students, published as a Masters assignment at BI Norwegian School of Management.


Professional Activities

  • Board member Lillehammer Portal AS
  • Board member Fryd på Hytta AT
  • Board member WC Kvitfjell Alpine
  • Chairman of the Board – Ågotnes & Partners AS
  • Chairman of the Board – Horton International Management Norway AS



  • BI Norwegian School of Management
  • INSEAD Advanced Management Program AMP, Advanced Management Program
  • INSEAD In Board Nordic Programme 2017 Oslo, Boardwork
  • INSEAD Inboard Program, Paris, Boardwork and Boarddynamics



  • English
  • German
  • Danish
  • Swedish
  • Norwegian

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