Board of directors
André Christensen

André Christensen

Chairman

André Christensen has extensive strategic and operational experience from the Media, Internet, and High Tech industries across Europe, North America and Asia from the last 25 years. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer with the OTT/IPTV service provider Quickplay Media based in San Diego/Toronto where he was a co-owner until acquired by AT&T Entertainment Group in the 2016. Prior to this he was the SVP Business Operations and Strategy at Yahoo globally after 12 years with McKinsey & Company as a partner establishing and leading the Business Technology practice in Canada as well as the Global Operating Model service line worldwide. Mr. Christensen currently holds a board position with Broadnet. He has also been a successful entrepreneur and has a MSc/DiplKfm degree from University of Mannheim. 

Birgit Midtbust

Birgit Midtbust

Member

Birgit is senior lawyer in Schjødt's M&A and Capital Markets department. She joined the firm in 2007, and specializes in acquisitions and sales of companies, mergers, investment structures and ownership structures. She has a broad practice area, with main focus on oil service, offshore, shipping, maritime and technology.

Birgit has advised on a substantial number of transactions involving Norwegian and foreign listed and unlisted companies. She has substantial experience with transactions and works regularly for reputable financial and industrial clients in Norway and abroad. In addition to her M&A practice, Birgit also advises clients on general contract law, including supply agreements, construction agreements and other industrial projects forming part of the clients' day to day business.

Birgit holds a Master in law from the University of Bergen, Norway.

Frode Jacobsen

Frode Jacobsen

Member

Frode Jacobsen is the CFO of Opera Software AS, a former Otello group company. During the four years prior to the sale of Opera Software AS, Frode held various roles in the Otello group, ultimately serving as CFO. In the period 2008-2013, he was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, based in Oslo and San Francisco. Through his professional roles, Frode has developed substantial expertise in strategic planning and processes, including end-to-end acquisition and divestment initiatives, and a thorough understanding of Otello’s businesses. Frode holds a BSc of Economics and Business Administration from NHH in Norway, and a MSc of Management from HEC Paris.

Maria Borge Andreassen

Maria Borge Andreassen

Member

Maria Borge Andreassen is part of the Executive Team in Europris, the largest discount variety retailer in Norway and listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. In her position as the Director of Strategy and Business Development, she is responsible for the overall strategy, including project portfolio, strategic targets, new growth initiatives, OMNI channel strategy, digital roadmap, expansion and sustainability. Balancing short term operational focus with longer term strategic initiatives is a continuous challenge that Maria enjoys working with.

Prior to joining Europris, Mrs Borge Andreassen served as Marketing and Innovation Director in the central unit and as Corporate Business Advisor to the President and CEO of Orkla ASA, the leading Nordic based branded consumer goods company. She held several board positions and started many new growth initiatives.

Maria started her career working four years as a consultant in McKinsey & Company, Inc., mainly working with strategy and organizational topics and serving clients in many industries in Scandinavia, UK and South Africa. Maria has a background combining leading-edge management consulting and consumer and retail industry experience. Focus on consumer and the consumer journey is her passion.

Maria holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Strathclyde and a MBA from INSEAD. 

Anooj Unarket

Member