Atle Lohrmann is the CEO of General Oceans, a group of subsea technology companies started in 2021 that include Nortek AS, an acoustic technology company that provides subsea instrumentation for scientists and researchers and SRS, a ROV company. General Oceans has grown to 200 employees and operate with nine subsidiaries across the globe. The company is still private and uses its own bottom line to fund new initiatives. In 2019, Lohrmann stepped down as CEO at Nortek and started Hefring Engineering, a US entity with focus on the development of a new ocean glider, an underwater vehicle that moves using an internal buoyancy engine.
His educational background is a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics from the University of Oslo and from Sorbonne in Paris. Before venturing into the commercial world, he spent five years as an oceanographic research scientist.