Global Management Team

Albert Ferrando, CEO Spotlio

Albert Ferrando is a graduate in software engineering from EPFL in Lausanne, and he is passionate about all things mobile, and about leveraging mobile technology to help businesses achieve their goals. Before founding Spotlio, Albert held a variety of technical and product management positions within the technology sector working in Switzerland, Austria and Spain, where he focused on building sales platforms and SaaS initiatives.

Bent Grøver, Group CEO

Before joining the company as the Group CEO, Bent was Chairman of Canopy Holdings and led the efforts in listing the company on the Euronext Oslo Exchange. Bent is an experienced investment professional, and holds a PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Cambridge and a MSc in industrial mathematics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Evan Reece, CEO Catalate

Evan Reece has a Double Major in International Studies and German from Colby College. The team at Catalate pioneered dynamic pricing for resort and attractions businesses while working at Liftopia, which Evan co-founded in 2005. Prior to founding Liftopia, Evan worked at Hotwire, an Expedia company, where he focused on helping hotels leverage the channel through revenue management best practices.

Ivar Blekastad, Group CFO

Experienced Chief Financial Officer and Investment Professional with valuable experience from working in several industries. Skilled in M&A, Business Analytics, International Business, Management, and Software as a Service (SaaS). Strong finance professional with a MBA in Finance.

Board of Directors

Chris Logan, Director

Investment Director at Canica, one of Norway’s largest privately owned investment companies. Many years experience in finance with Goldman Sachs, Liberum Capital, and Deloitte.

Haavard Nord, Chair

Serial entrepreneur and software innovator with 25 years of experience from the software business. Haavard co-founded several companies, and was CEO of a public company, Trolltech ASA. He is now back in the startup world as CEO of Conclude, a company creating the next generation collaboration tools. Education: MSc Computer Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Marit Høvik Hartmann, Director

Marit Høvik Hartmann is Managing Partner at Geelmuyden Kiese Norge. She has more than 20 years of experience from the communication industry having held positions such as CEO of McCann Oslo, and advisor in Leo Burnett and DBB. As communications director at Oslo Business Region she has helped tech start-ups to grow. She has also led the Oslo Brand Alliance with responsibility for building Oslo’s international brand across tourism, business and academia. She has a Master of Science degree from the Norwegian Business School.

Martí Rafel Herrero, Director

Martí Rafel Herrero has some 40 years of experience from the ski industry and from snow and mountain tourism. His experience during the past 20 years include directing, marketing and commercialization at Pal-Arinsal and VALLNORD in Andorra and at Boí Taüll and Balneario de Panticosa in Spain. Martí also has a background as an Olympic freestyle skier participating in the Olympics in Calgary (1988) and Albertville (1992).

Thomas S. Wrede-Holm, Director

Thomas S. Wrede-Holm is an Investment Director at Investinor AS. Prior to joining Investinor AS in 2019, Thomas spent close to 20 years as an investment banking professional both in Norway and internationally. He currently serves as board member of Cyviz AS, Shoreline AS, Topro Industri AS and Curida Holding AS. Thomas holds a Master of Science degree in finance from the Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen (NHH).

Tonje Berg, Director

Tonje Berg is Managing Partner Oslo at Karabin, a Norwegian strategy and management consulting company. She has more than 10 years of experience from the consulting industry working with a broad specter of clients. She is highly skilled in strategy, business development, digitalization, change management and corporate governance. Tonje holds a Master of Science degree in Strategy and Management from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).

Nomination Committee

Andy McKeon, Member

Andy McKeon is an international global marketer who has held senior leadership positions at Apple and Facebook in Silicon Valley and currently runs Business Marketing for Snapchat across Asia Pacific. He was a member of the Australian Ski Team and the CMO of the US Ski and Snowboard Association. In addition to this he has board experience with both listed and privately held companies and advises a number of startups, VC funds and Private Equity firms.

John-Arne Hørløck, Chair

John-Arne Hørløck holds the position as Investment Director at Investinor AS. He serves as a member of the board of directors of several companies within the Investinor portfolio. John-Arne holds an MSc from Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), Before joining Investinor in 2013, he worked in advisory, audit and transactional support as a Manager at PwC.

Martin Firing Jørgensen, Member

Martin Jørgensen’s track-record includes investing in and managing many successful start-ups and established businesses in the hospitality and travel industries, primarily with focus on digital transformation. Amongst others, he was part of the management buyout and later IPO of Via Travel Group (now owned by Expedia/Egencia), he co-founded Etraveli which became one of the world’s largest online travel agencies (now owned by and he was the CEO of hotel commission processing & analytics company Net Trans Services which was sold to US private equity investor HIG Capital. Martin is currently the