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Executive management

Lars Olav Olaussen

Chief Executive Officer

Lars Olav Olaussen joined the Group as CEO in 2018.

Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President for Business development and Group Sales in Orkla. Olaussen has extensive experience in sales, strategy and business development and he has previously held leading positions with Orkla, Findus, Ringnes and Procter & Gamblee.

Olaussen has a Master of Business and Economics from the Norwegian Business School (BI).

Krister A. Pedersen

Chief Financial Officer

Krister Andreas Pedersen joined the Group as CFO in January 2020.

He has previously held various financial and administrative positions, including as CFO at XXL ASA, CFO at Apotek 1 Group and Group Controller in OBOS. In addition, he has co-founded the company Bag'in AS.

Pedersen has an MBA in Business Master of Science from Nord University and Economy at the Arctic University of Norway, in Tromsø

Trine-Lise Jensen

Chief Information Officer and Chief Operating Officer

Trine-Lise Jensen joined the Group in 2019, as Chief Technical Officer (CTO). She has held her current position, as CIO/COO, since February 2020.

Prior to joining the Group Jensen has held various CIO and COO positions in the retail and e-commerce industry, including as CIO for Boots Norge and CIO/COO for Helly Hansen. She also has 13 years of experience from working with IT at Orkla.

Jensen has a bachelors program in Management from the Norwegian Business School (BI).

Kristin Hovland

Head of Communication and Advisor to CEO

Kristin Hovland joined the Group in 2010, and has held the position as Head of Communication and Advisor to CEO since 2018.

Prior to this, Hovland held various middle-level management positions with the Group. She also has experience from Norges Automobil-Forbund (NAF) and Baxt.

Hovland has studied economics at the Norwegian Business School (BI).

Kristin Hodal Torgersen

HR Director (interim)

Kristin Hodal Torgersen joined the Group in 2021.

Prior to this, Torgersen held various HR-related and administrative positions at Danske Bank, including her latest position as Head of Change Management. She has also held the position as Chief Executive Officer in Huseby Kjøkken and NEAS AS.

Torgersen has an MSC in Economics from Copenhagen Business School (CBS).

Kjetil Wisløff

Category and Buying Director

Kjetil Wisløff joined the Group in 2021.

Prior to this, Wisløff held the position as a Chief Operating Officer of Canica AS. Wissløff also has experience from Nille AS and ICA Norge AS where he has held positions as Sales Director, Chain Director and Project Manager. He has also held multiple board positions in e.g. Kremmerhuset Ting & Sånt AS, F&H of Scandinavia and Jernia AS, bringing extensive insight into the retail industry.

He has an MSC in Economics from the Norwegian Business School (BI).

Jon Martin Klafstad

Director B2C (interim)

Jon Martin Klafstad serves as B2C Director of the Group, through the Group's consultancy agreement with Emendor Advisors. He has held the position since 2021.

Prior to this, Klafstad held various positions within the retail industry, an industry which he has worked in throughout his entire career, most recently as CEO of Bringwell AB in Sweden. He has also held the position as Chief Executive Officer in REMA Industrier and Kavli Norway, as well as multiple vice president roles, e.g. in Marketing and Purchasing, in REMA 1000 and Orkla ASA, both domestically and internationally.

Klafstad holds a MSc in Engineering from the Norwegian School of Science and Technology and an MBA with Finance specialization from University of Colorado, Boulder.

Stian Vik Gabrielsen

Director B2B

Stian Vik Gabrielsen currently holds the position as Director B2B, a position he has held with the Group since 2014.

From 2001 to 2011, Gabrielsen held various other positions with the Group, including General Manager at MPX.no (now Komplett Bedrift), and Sales Manager at Itegra. Prior to his engagement as Director B2B, Gabrielsen served as Business Unit Manager in ALSO AS, a European ICT distributor.

Gabrielsen holds a MSc from The Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) and BSc from The University of Agder.

Henri Mikael Blomqvist

Managing Director Webhallen

Henri Mikael Blomqvist joined the Group in 2020 as Managing Director of Webhallen Sverige AB, a Swedish subsidiary of the Group.

Previous experience includes serving as Chief Commerical Officer for Salfio Group, an Italian eyewear creator and distributor, where he oversaw group’s global commercial strategy and operations, before gaining responsibility for the North American market. Prior to this, he was 10 years in Procter & Gamble, serving as Chief Global Commerical Commercial Operations Leader for Braun Appliances Business Unit as his last position.

Blomqvist holds an MSc in Economics from Hanken Helsinki Swedish School of Economics.

Per Arne Olsen Skøien

Head of Category and Procurement

Per Arne Olsen Skøien joined the Group in 2019 as Head of Category and Procurement.

Before joining the Group, Skøien worked seven years for Boston Consulting Group (BCG), working as a core member of BCG's Consumer Goods practice area, from which he gained experience with strategy, performance improvement, corporate development and transformation programs. He also has a background from the Norwegian Armed Forces.

Skøien holds an M.Sc. in Business and Economics from the Norwegian Business School (BI).

Board of directors

Nils Kloumann Selte

Chair

Chair of the Board of Directors, Nils Kloumann Selte, has held the position as chair of the board since 2014.

He is the Chief Executive Officer of Canica AS, one of the largest privately owned investment companies in Norway. Selte has previously served as CFO of Canica AS, SVP Finance/Group Treasurer at ICA Ahold AB and Hakon Gruppen AS, Finance Manager for both Hakon Gruppen AS and LIVI Norge AS, and as Consultant at the Office of the Auditor General of Norway. Selte is further appointed as board member of Orkla ASA and Arcus ASA. In both companies he serves as Chair of the Audit Committee. In addition, he also serves on the board of directors of several Canica companies.

Selte has a Master of Business and Economic from the Norwegian Business School (BI).

Jennifer Geun Koss

Board Member

Jennifer Geun Koss has been a board member of the Group since 2020.

She is the founder, and employed as CEO, of the retail agency BRIKA. In 2020, she founded Springbank Collective, where she currently holds the role as Founding Partner. Prior to her current roles, she has had shorter engagements with the investment banks JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs, and has worked as a management consultant at The Parthenon Group and The Bridgespan Group, as well as a private equity investor at Ontario Teachers' Private Capital. Koss holds various board positions, including with Dream Unlimited (publicly listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange) and Active Brands AS.

Koss has an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MPhil from the University of Oxford and a A.B. from Harvard University.

Lars Bjørn Thoresen

Board Member

Lars Bjørn Thoresen has been a Board member of the Group since 2019.

He has years of directorial experience from service as chair and board member of various private and public companies. He currently serves on various board for companies such as Nordic Investment Opportunities (NIO Fondsmæglerselskab A/S), Carn Capital and LT Invest AS. Thoresen is also CEO of investment company LT Invest. Thoresen has, for a period of over 20 years, held various managerial positions since he was part of the founding team of the private equity firm Verdane Capital, including managing partner from 2008 until 2016. He has held directorships in numerous Verdane related portfolio companies both in Norway and internationally. Prior to joining Verdane, Thoresen has experience from Braxton Associates in London, UK and Deloitte Consulting.

Thoresen has a BSc from St. John's University, and an MBA from INSEAD. He also serves on the board of directors of INSEAD Alumni Norway.

Jo Olav Lunder

Board Member

Jo Olav Lunder has been a Board member of the Group since 2018.

He has more than 25 years of broad directorial and executive experience from multiple private and public companies within telecommunications, IT services, business solutions and e-commerce. Lunder has held positions such as COO of Telenor Mobile AS, CEO of Ementor ASA, President of Ferd Capital, CEO of Vimpelcom Ltd and CEO of John Fredriksen Group.

Lunder has an MBA from Henley Business School, and a bachelor's degree from Oslo Business School.

Sarah Willand

Board Member

Sarah Willand has been a Board member of the Group since 2021.

She currently holds the position of Director organisation, communication and government relations at TV2, as well as various board positions at companies such as RiksTV AS, Norges Televisjon AS and Den Norske Opera & Ballett. Willand has previously held management positions at Egmont Publishing and Geodata AS, and worked as a consultant at Center for Corporate Diversity.  

Willand has a Master of Science in Business and an Executive Master of Management from the Norwegian Business School (BI).

Carl Erik Hagen

Deputy Board Member

Carl Erik Hagen has held both the position as deputy board member and the position as board member since 2013.

He currently works in the financial investment arm of Canica AS, Canica International and is an active owner in Canica through board positions in Komplett, Canica AS, Brandbassador AS, and Arcus.

Hagen has studied Business and Entrepreneurship at the International University of Switzerland, Business Studies at Marymount Manhattan College, and impact investing at Harvard Business School.

Nora Elin Eldås

Employee Representative

Nora Elin Eldås joined the Group in 2016 as a salesperson at Webhallen AB in Täby, Sweden and has been a board member in the Group since 2021.

Eldås currently holds the position as a Store Manager at Webhallen AB at Fridhemsplan in Stockholm. She is also a part of Webhallen Loyalty Strategy Force Club, where she works in a team with development of Webhallen's loyalty program for their website. Prior to this, Eldås has held various positions within the service industry. She has experience as a waitress in the restaurant industry, and experience with health care for elderly people.

Anders Odden

Employee Representative

Anders Odden joined the Group in 2007 as Nordic Product Manager for PC Components, and has been a board member in the Group since 2018.

He currently holds the position as a Sales Director in the Group, and he has also worked as a Sales Manager in the Group. Odden has experience as a Sales Manager and Key Account Manager in various companies within the electronics industry.

Odden holds a BSc in Management from the Norwegian Business School (BI).