Atle Lohrmann is the chairman and founder of Nortek AS, an acoustic technology company that provides subsea instrumentation for scientists and researchers. The company today operates with eight subsidiaries across the globe and has grown to 130 employees. 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. The vehicles is designed to move of distances of more than 1000 km while collecting high resolution data from the upper 200 m of the ocean.
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.