LONDON Lars Boilesen has been appointed chief executive officer of Opera Software ASA and succeeds Jon S. von Tetzchner, who co-founded the company in 1995 and has served as CEO since that time.
Boilesen previously worked for Opera (Oslo, Norway) from 2000 to 2005 as executive vice president, sales and rejoined in January 2009 as chief commercial officer. In 2005, Boilesen joined Alcatel-Lucent as CEO of the Nordics and the Baltics and served on Opera Software’s board of directors as vice chairman
“My decision to assume a new role in Opera is based on a lengthy consideration process,” said von Tetzchner who will continue in a strategic and independent capacity full time. “As outgoing Chief Executive, I leave confident in the company's continued leadership in key markets, our strong management team, our ongoing commitment to innovation, and our robust financial foundation.”
Boilesen has more than 20 years of international management and sales/marketing experience with companies such as Alcatel-Lucent, Tandberg Data and Lego.
“We provide browser technology not only to nearly 100 million consumers worldwide, but also to the major players in the industry: Vodafone, T-Mobile, Nintendo, KDDI, SKT, Nokia, Samsung, Toshiba and Sony Ericsson to name but a few,” said Boilsen. “Our focus going forward is to execute on our current strategy and continue to deliver the best browser experience to the breadth of our customer and user base.”