Hilde Merete Aasheim woke to the sound of the phone ringing. It was 4am in Oslo, and she had just been named as the new chief executive officer of Norsk Hydro.
What happened next can only be described as a baptism of fire for the Norwegian executive.
“It was Monday March 18, and my appointment as Norsk Hydro CEO had been announced that day. I read the media coverage and analyst reports before I went to bed and thought, ok, nobody really opposed that I was the new CEO,” she tells Fastmarkets.
“I went to bed, and then at 4am on Tuesday March 19, the phone rang. I answered, and a voice said, ‘Hilde, we are under serious cyberattack. This is not an exercise. You had better come to work.’ I wondered, is this a joke, is someone testing me?” she says.
But it was neither a joke nor a...