Photocure ASA: Kjetil Hestdal steps down as CEO

Published: 26 June 2018Organisational Announcements

Oslo, Norway, 26 June 2018: Photocure ASA (OSE: PHO), announces today that President and Chief Executive Officer, Kjetil Hestdal, will step down effective 1 July 2018 as the company is entering a new growth phase with focus on global commercial development. The Board of Directors has initiated a search for his replacement and Chief Financial Officer Erik Dahl is appointed as interim CEO. Mr. Hestdal will be available to the company until 30 December 2018.

"Photocure has developed a leading position in the field of bladder cancer and is entering a period of accelerated growth, especially in the important U.S. market, were we have a strong commercial focus to leverage on the opportunities arising from the company's unique technology, products and excellent clinical results. Kjetil has been instrumental in developing the company to this stage with ambitions to become a leading bladder cancer company and we have jointly agreed that the time is right for a commercially experienced CEO to lead the company's next growth phase. I have enjoyed working with Kjetil and greatly appreciates his contributions to the company over two decades. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors", says Jan H. Egberts, Chairperson of the Board.

"As Photocure is entering a phase with vast growth opportunities and an ambition to expand the global commercial footprint, the timing is right to inform all stakeholders that I will not lead Photocure in the company's next era. I am proud of having been part of a company that has helped tens of thousands of bladder cancer patients in fighting their disease. Photocure is a great company with excellent people, world leading technology and products, and is perfectly positioned to be a true industry leader within the field of bladder cancer", says Kjetil Hestdal.

For further information, please contact:
Jan Egberts
Chairperson of the Board
Tel: +31 614672518

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About Photocure ASA

Photocure, The Bladder Cancer Company, delivers transformative solutions to improve the lives of bladder cancer patients. Our unique technology, which makes cancer cells glow bright pink, has led to better health outcomes for patients worldwide. Photocure is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, and listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE: PHO). The US headquarters for Photocure Inc., are in Princeton, New Jersey. For more information, please visit us at, or

This information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.

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