Team

Erik Fjellvær HagenManaging Partner

Erik is Managing Partner and founder of Viking Venture. Since being established in 2001, the firm has invested in over 50 companies. Erik has over 30 years of experience in the software industry and his rich background brings a dynamic combination of strategic, operational and entrepreneurial expertise to Viking’s portfolio companies. He has lived and worked in Sweden, Canada and the UK.

Erik’s career began at McKinsey & Company and he went on to work as VP Marketing (distribution) at NetCom GSM ASA, CEO at Schibsted Nett and Scandinavia Online and Partner at Arthur Andersen.

Erik has an MCs in Computer Science from the Norwegian Institute of Technology and has an MBA from INSEAD, France.

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Jostein VikPartner

Jostein is Partner and co-founder of Viking Venture. He is passionate about technology and his expertise in business strategy and commercialization has time after time driven results for fast-growing software scale-ups. Jostein has over 20 years of experience from the software industry. He has lived and worked in Sweden and the US.

Before joining Viking, Jostein worked with business development and M&A at Carlsberg Breweries, Lilleborg, Orkla Media and Orkla ASA.

Jostein has an MSc in Business from the Norwegian Business School.

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Hege Kristine KvitsandChief Financial Officer

Hege is Viking Venture’s Chief Financial Officer. She heads up Investor Relations, financial due diligence and financial reporting and control. Hege has lived and worked in Denmark.

Prior to Viking Venture, Hege worked as an auditor at Ernst & Young and Systemrevisjon. This background has given her extensive experience in terms of auditing and consulting growth companies in the Nordics.

Hege has an MSc in Professional Accountancy from the Norwegian Business School.

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Joar WeldePartner

Joar is Partner at Viking Venture. His extensive experience in M&A and business modelling are important resources for Viking’s portfolio companies. In addition to this, Joar has broad experience from building sales engines, pricing projects and financing. He has more than 15 years’ experience from the software industry. Joar has lived and worked in the UK and the US.

Before joining Viking, Joar worked in M&A at Ernst & Young and as a consultant at DNB.

Joar has a BBA from the Norwegian Business School and an MBA from the University of Warwick, UK.

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Eivind BergsmyrPartner

Eivind is Partner at Viking Venture. His wide-ranging industry background enables him to think both strategically and operationally. He has lived and worked in the US.

Eivind has a strong entrepreneurial mindset and prior to joining Viking, was an instrumental part of the success of Nacre AS, a former Viking Venture portfolio company. As CEO of Nacre, he led them from being a Norwegian start-up to global market leader in communication and hearing protection headsets for defense, security and industrial markets. Nacre was sold for 125 mUSD to Honeywell in 2007 – the exit was named Nordic Venture Exit of the Year 2007 by Nordic Unquote Private Equity Awards.

Eivind has an MSc in Electronics Engineering from The Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He has additional education from the Norwegian Business School (BI), MBA-level management training and venture capital education.

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Magnus B. WillumsenInvestment Manager

Magnus is Investment Manager at Viking Venture. He has extensive M&A experience and enjoys helping the portfolio companies grow their annual recurring revenues through data-driven problem solving. Magnus has helped companies grow through improving sales processes, aligning price models to customer value, reducing churn, and through performing bolt-on acquisitions. Magnus has lived in the US.

Prior to joining Viking Venture, Magnus worked with M&A and corporate finance at Fondsfinans, the oldest independent investment bank in Norway. He has also advised some of the leading Norwegian corporates on strategy and operational excellence through working as a Management Consultant at BearingPoint, a client focused management consulting firm.

Magnus has an MSc in Industrial Economics and Technology Management from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

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Martin Senning EriksenInvestment Associate

Martin is Investment Associate at Viking Venture. As part of the investment team he participates in deal sourcing (primarily in Denmark) and execution as well as the monitoring and development of portfolio companies. He has lived in the US, Scotland and England.

Prior to joining Viking Venture AS, Martin worked as an Associate at Grant Thornton’s London office. During this time he worked in the firms Restructuring & Debt Advisory as well as Business Consulting teams primarily engaged in due diligence/business reviews and operational projects.

In addition to being ACA qualified with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Martin holds a BSc in Business Administration and MSc in Finance and Strategic Management.

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Ingvild FarstadCommunity Manager

Ingvild is Viking Venture’s Community and Marketing Manager. She is responsible for managing Viking’s software community, which offers a unique environment for portfolio companies to exchange knowledge, ideas and experiences within the most important processes for software companies. She has lived in the US, Sweden and Switzerland.

Prior to Viking Venture, Ingvild worked with strategic and operational consulting as an Associate at BDO AS.

Ingvild has an MSc in Business Administration and a BSc in Economics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

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Jael Hjerpbakk GerhardsenTalent Manager

Jael is Viking Venture’s Talent Manager. She advises founders and C-level executives on talent acquisition strategies, recruitment best practice, systems and processes to prepare their businesses for growth. She is responsible for leading high impact executive search assignments and processes across the portfolio and for making talent and culture recommendations. Jael has lived in Israel.

Prior to joining Viking Venture Jael worked as a recruitment advisor at Adecco, a world leading workforce solutions company. She has led key recruitment assignments, both temporary and permanent, for several large Norwegian corporates.

In addition to this, Jael has over 10 years’ experience working as a sales consultant, team leader and VP Sales.

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Andreas LoktuInvestment Associate

Andreas is Investment Associate at Viking Venture. As part of the investment team he participates in execution as well as the monitoring and development of portfolio companies. Andreas is responsible for deal sourcing in Sweden. He has lived in Australia.

Prior to joining Viking Venture, Andreas worked as a Senior Consultant at EY Advisory. He also has experience from Nordea Corporate & Investment Banking where he solved complex needs for the bank´s largest clients. At Nordea he started out as part of the global Graduate Programme.

Andreas holds a Master of Applied Finance and a Master of International Business from Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane.

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