Norwegian citizen (residing in Mielno since 2003 / Poland since 1996)
Initiated the establishment of Firmus Group’s interests in Poland together with Robert P. Mathias (Chicago, US) in May, 2000. He is Chairman and CEO of the Polish subsidiaries of Firmus Group.
Mr. Knutsen was from June 1999 through March 2002 the Director of New Business Development for GE Capital Golub Europe LLC, an affiliate of GE Capital Real Estateand Golub & Company in Chicago. He was responsible for generating and developing new real estate business opportunities for the Company in the countries of Central & Eastern Europe.
Prior to joining Golub, Mr. Knutsen was the Managing Director for Pol Nordic Group ASA, a publicly listed Norwegian real estate investment and development company active in Poland. Before moving to Poland, Mr. Knutsen worked with commercial real estate in Oslo, Norway, for Colliers International (formerly Bjordal Partners) where he focused on generating new real estate development and investment opportunities for key clients.