Board of Directors
The board of directors has ultimate responsibility for the management of the company and for supervising its day-to-day business and activities in general. Its main responsibilities are to determine and oversee the company’s overall vision, objectives and strategy. The board of directors also ensures that the company’s activities are well organised, keeping itself informed about the company’s financial situation and ensuring that the company’s risk exposure is handled by the management in an appropriate way.
Members of the Board
Trond Valvik (1980)
Chair of the Board
Served since 2017
Trond Valvik is Investment Director and responsible for the business area of Direct Investments in Rieber & Søn AS. Rieber & Søn AS is the investment company of the Rieber family in Bergen, Norway, and is Q-Free’s largest shareholder (62.78%). Valvik has previously been Partner in the Private Equity company Borea Opportunity. Working with investments and exercising active ownership for several years, Valvik possess significant Board experience from different industries. Valvik also has operational experience as interim leader in various companies in connection to restructuring and change processes, e.g. in the field of IT and software, where he acted as Group CEO of Software Innovation for a period. Valvik also has experience from transaction support and audit in EY. Valvik holds a MSc Business degree from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH). Valvik has served as Chair of the Board since 2020. Valvik serves as director/chairperson of several companies related to the Rieber & Søn AS group. Valvik is a Norwegian citizen and resides in Fjaler, Norway. Valvik owns indirectly through Battelhavet AS 280,000 shares in Q-Free ASA. Valvik/Battelhavet AS has irrevocably accepted the mandatory offer published October 26 2023 to sell the shares to Juniper Holdco AS.
Geir Bjørlo (1976)
Served since 2020
Geir Bjørlo is co-founder and partner at Corporate Communications AS, a specialised consulting firm offering services within corporate and financial communications. Bjørlo has two decades of experience from the capital markets and works primarily with investor relations and transactions for listed companies and private equity firms. He is member of the Norwegian Society of Financial Analysts’ committee for financial information, has a MSc in Economics and Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Economics, NHH, and has completed studies at the University of Prague, VSE. Bjørlo is Chair of Corporate Communications AS. Bjørlo is a Norwegian citizen and resides in Oslo, Norway. Bjørlo owns indirectly through Illuminator AS, 152,093 shares in Q-Free ASA. Bjørlo/Illuminator AS has irrevocably accepted the mandatory offer published October 26 2023 to sell the shares to Juniper Holdco AS.
Karin Sandsjö (1965)
Served since 2021
Karin Sandsjö is the CFO of Tibber, a Norwegian energy solutions company. Sandsjö has had several CFO positions in global companies in several countries, where the common denominator has been transformation and a clear focus on companies’ growth and profitability. The latest positions were Group CFO in Bisnode and Group CFO in Parallels, based in Sweden and the US respectively. Previously, Karin Sandsjö was CEO and CFO for NetOnNet, and has had several finance positions with Microsoft, including CFO Microsoft Norway and CFO Microsoft Russia. Sandsjö has also experience from auditing in the company which today is PWC. Sandsjö is member of the board of Pagero AB and Länsförsäkringar Gotland. Karin Sandsjö has a business degree from Karlstad University. She is a Swedish citizen and resides in Stockholm, Sweden. Sandsjö owns 60,000 shares in Q-Free ASA. Sandsjö has irrevocably accepted the mandatory offer published October 26 2023 to sell the shares to Juniper Holdco AS.
Camilla Amundsen (1976)
Served since 2023
Camilla Amundsen is CEO of the tech/IT company Miles AS. Amundsen has worked in telecom and IT for the past 12 years. She has been heading the divisions Infrastructure Growth and Internet & TV in Telenor Norway and was also part of Telenor Norway top management. Before this she was CEO of the mobile company Talkmore. Amundsen has several years of management experience from Altibox/Lyse. Prior to this, she worked 10 years in Management Consulting at Accenture. Amundsen holds a master’s degree in industrial economics, data from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway.
Amundsen is a Norwegian citizen and resides in Oslo, Norway. Amundsen has no shares in Q-Free ASA.
Brage Blekken (1977)
Employee-elected Board member
Served since 2020
Brage Blekken has been with Q-Free since 2000 and holds the position as senior R&D Engineer in the R&D department.
Blekken has a BSc in electronics from the Sør-Trøndelag University College in Trondheim, Norway.
Brage Blekken is a Norwegian citizen and resides in Trondheim, Norway. Blekken has no shares in Q-Free ASA.
Ane Dalsnes Storsæter (1981)
Employee-elected Board member
Served since 2022
Ane Dalsnes Storsæter has been with Q-Free since 2021 and is the Vice president of the Products and R&D department in Q-Free. This department develops the hardware products of the Q-Free portfolio. She holds a M.Tech. in ICT and Mechanical Engineering with focus on product development, and a PhD in how to create road infrastructure to support automated driving.
Storsæter has previously worked with mechanical construction for the offshore industry, she also spent 11 years working for the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA) prior to joining Q-Free. At the NPRA, she led international research and development projects in the field of Intelligent Transportation Systems.
Storsæter is a Norwegian citizen and resides in Trondheim, Norway. Storsæter owns 500 shares in Q-Free ASA. Storsæter has irrevocably accepted the mandatory offer published October 26 2023 to sell the shares to Juniper Holdco AS.