Press release, 19th December 2016
In June 2016, Basefarm’s founder, Grethe Viksaas, announced that she was stepping down as CEO of Basefarm. The Board of Directors are pleased to announce the appointment of Fredrik Ohlsen as their new CEO. Fredrik comes from a position as Nordic leader High-Tech and Manufacturing at HCL Technologies.
Fredrik Ohlsen has a solid background from international business with a total of 22 years’ experience in management, strategy, development and sales of which 7 years in leading in roles at IBM and as European Director of Mphasis (an HP-owned company).
Grethe Viksaas says:
”It was vitally important to find a CEO who will be able to continue to build on Basefarm’s stable development whilst further developing added value for our customers in their digitalization journey. We were looking for a strong, analytical, market- and process-oriented leader with a background in Scandinavian culture. Someone with an international background who, at the same time, understands the structures within a relatively small and growing company. Fredrik has the abilities to take Basefarm to the next level.
Fredrik Ohlsen, comments:
”Basefarm has an amazing team with incredible commitment to its customers. This is also confirmed by its top ranking as No. 1 in the Service Delivery category in Whitelanes* most recent survey. The industry for managed services as a whole is undergoing an exciting development, with growing demand for cloud services, and with information security very much in focus. This goes hand in hand with Basefarm’s ambition of becoming the leading Nordic cloud supplier of both local and public cloud solutions. I see great potential for continued strong growth in our existing markets.”
Acting CEO Bjart Kvarme about Grethe Viksaas, Executive chairman of the board;
“Grethe has done a fantastic job building Basefarm with continuous growth throughout 16 years, making Basefarm what it is today with a staff of 400. Grethe’s forthright style of management, hand in hand with her in-depth knowledge of managed services, has built a company with strong cultural values, today embedded in the DNA of the Group.”
Fredrik Ohlsen takes up his post as CEO on 1 February 2017. Grethe Viksaas will continue as Executive Chairman.