Executive management.

Gaute Engbakk

CEO
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Mr. Engbakk is an experienced change leader from working many years in Accenture with large international companies. In Accenture, he worked in a variety of markets and industries and built up a division within analytics and information management. Mr. Engbakk led Creuna AS, a significant Nordic player within digital solutions, branding and advertising during 2010-2014, and during 2014-2016 he was the CEO of Gambit Hill & Knowlton Strategies.

Mr. Engbakk has in-depth IT and communications experience from different verticals and disciplines within digital, bigdata and change management. Mr. Engbakk holds a Master of Science degree from NTNU, and has supplementary courses within business and strategy from the London Business School.

Marius Drefvelin

Chief Financial Officer
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Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Drefvelin was previously the Group CFO of Creuna, a leading Nordic technology and communications consultancy firm with 350 employees. He has been with Creuna since 2012. During 2010-2012, he was a financial advisor at Deloitte, working with mergers, acquisitions and IPOs. Before this, he worked at Jebsen Asset Management from 2007-2009. During 2001-2007, Mr. Drefvelin worked at KPMG, also working with transactions.

In addition to his experience with transactions, he has focused on identifying and executing on operational improvements during his time in Creuna. Mr. Drefvelin has a B.Sc. in Finance and a B.Sc. in Economics from the University of Utah, USA. Moreover, he is a Certified European Financial Analyst from the Norwegian School of Economics

 

Inge Paulsen

Chief Operating Officer
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Mr. Paulsen is an experienced executive manager with a proven track record from companies such as Clear Channel, Eltel Networks/Sønnico Tele, Infratek/Hafslund, Implement (formerly known as MarkUp Consulting) and Accenture.

Business development and change management combined with handling daily operations are Mr. Paulsen’s core competencies. His broad experience comes from heading strategic business development projects in venture businesses or turnaround cases as well as holding various executive positions responsible for profit & loss.

Mr. Paulsen holds a MSc in Business Management (Siviløkonom) from Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH). He is also graduated from The Royal Norwegian Air Force Academy.

Mads Vårdal

Chief Innovation Officer
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Mr. Vårdal has been with companies within the Techstep sphere for more than eleven years. He came from a central position in Teki Solutions AS and has been a leading figure for the development of Smartworks. He has previously worked at Nordialog Skøyen AS and has been CEO in Buskerud Tele AS.

Erik Haugen

Chief Commercial Officer
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Mr Haugen is an international business professional, bringing with him broad commercial experience within finance, telecommunications, consumer electronics, the entertainment licencing industry, as well as IT.

Following his business administration studies at BI Norwegian Business School, Mr Haugen spent 12 years in London working with focus on sales, marketing and business management for  companies like Pioneer and Sony Ericsson, before moving into international movie and music licensing, joining The Licensing Agency Ltd. in 2005.

Since returning to Norway in 2009, Mr Haugen first joined Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA to start up their mobile communications initiative. Subsequently he moved into finance and professional services sales at Lindorff AS (now Intrum) in 2011 where he has been responsible for strategic sales, key account management and business development for a large portfolio of clients within telecoms, utilities, trade, SME and public sector.