About Q-Free

About Q-Free

A prime mover in the world of smart, safe, and sustainable transportation management.

We go to work every day hoping to do two things: improve mobility and make the world a little better. Collectively, we channel our energy to influence and develop the global ITS community. We improve traffic flow, road safety, and air quality in communities all over the world.

Our innovation toolbox includes a broad, complementary array of hardware and software solutions for tolling and traffic management applications.

Q-Free at a glance

FOUNDED IN
1984

HEADQUARTERED IN
TRONDHEIM
NORWAY

OFFICES IN
16
COUNTRIES

396
EMPLOYEES

35
NATIONALITIES

18% FEMALE
82% MALE

Our vision

Changing the movements of life

Our mission

Creating intelligent solutions for efficient, safe, and environmentally-friendly transportation based on innovative technology and open platforms.

Sustainability goals

In 2019, we unified our vision, mission, and values under three purpose-driven goals.

Q-Flow

Optimize the movement of people, goods, and data.

Q-Clean

Stimulate sustainable transportation.

Q-Safe

Improve road and travel safety.

Together, these goals unify our global teams and better reflect our culture. They breakdown traditional solution silos and highlight the importance of collaboration. Plus, they help align our product development and growth with our chosen United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UN Sustainable Development Goals

It’s more than just a business strategy. Working toward better, healthier, and more sustainable transportation is our morale responsibility for the greater good of generations to come.

Our leadership team

Håkon Volldal

President & CEO

Served since August 2016

Håkon Volldal, a Norwegian citizen, has held the position as President & CEO in Q-Free since August 2016. Prior to joining Q-Free, Volldal spent more than 12 years with Tomra Systems ASA where he held several senior positions such as Director M&A, VP Investor Relations, SVP Business Development, and finally Executive Vice President and Head of business area Collection Solutions. Volldal has also worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company.

Volldal graduated with a Master of Science degree in Industrial Economics and Technology Management from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway. Volldal owns indirectly through Bright Future AS 152,500 shares and holds 869,970 share options in Q-Free ASA.

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Trond Christensen

Interim CFO

Served since November 2019

Trond Christensen has held the position as Interim CFO since November 2019. Christensen has several years’ experience as a state authorized public accountant. Christensen also has more than 10 years of experience as CFO/CEO and has worked for companies such as Jotun, Komplett, Brubakken and Leonhard Nilsen & Sønner. Since 2014, he has worked with consulting and management for hire.

Christensen is a Siviløkonom (four year program in economics and business administration) from Norwegian Business School BI, and holds a Master’s in Accounting from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) in Norway. Christensen is a Norwegian citizen based in Trondheim and Oslo, Norway. Christensen has no shares in Q-Free ASA.

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Jan-Erik Sandberg

CTO

Served since January 2018

Jan-Erik Sandberg started working at Q-Free in 2018. Sandberg has over 20 years of experience with building and managing large scale international software solutions, across several industries. Before joining Q-Free, he worked as Chief Operating Officer at Visma Retail Software. As part of several global technical communities, he is an international author on modern software process and technology. He has previously also held positions at companies such as DNV GL, BEKK and Ementor.

Sandberg is a Norwegian citizen and based in Oslo, Norway. He holds 402,438 share options in Q-Free ASA.

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Fredrik Nordh

EVP Tolling

Served since September 2017

Fredrik Nordh joined Q-Free as Senior Vice President Europe in September 2017. Nordh has held several leading positions within Tomra Group (2003-2017), most recently the position as SVP Head of Nordic Collection Solutions. Nordh has also been Nordic Business Controller at LG Electronics and held several finance, IT, and logistics positions at S.C. Johnson.

A native Swede, Nordh received a Master of Science degree in Business and Economics from the University of Uppsala in Sweden. Nordh is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and owns 40,000 shares and holds 527,256 share options in Q-Free ASA.

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Morten Andersson

EVP Traffic Management

Served since March 2012

Morten Andersson has been with Q-Free since 2012. Andersson has held several leading positions in traffic technology companies such as Peek and Swarco, and has more than 30 years of industry experience. Andersson, a Norwegian native, is based in the United States and holds 270,249 share options in Q-Free ASA.

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Idunn Bjelland

Idunn Hals Bjelland-de Garcia

SVP Brand, Communication & Marketing

Served since September 2017

Idunn Bjelland joined Q-Free as our Global Marketing & Communications Director in September 2017. Before joining Q-Free she held the position as Product Manager in Amedia AS and worked as Market Developer and Marketing Manager in Tomra Systems ASA. She has extensive experience with brand- and market oriented process management.

Bjelland holds a Master’s degree in Corporate Social Responsibility from Universidad Regiomontana, Mexico, and a Bachelor’s degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Kristiania University College, Norway. Bjelland is based in Oslo, Norway and holds no shares in Q-Free ASA.

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