Opera Software has appointed Lars Boilesen as its new chief executive officer, effective immediately.
Boliesen succeeds Jon S. von Tetzchner, who co-founded the company in 1995 and had served as chief executive officer since that time. Von Tetzchner will continue to serve Opera full-time in a strategic and independent capacity.
Boliesen brings with him more than 20 years of international management and sales/marketing experience. He previously worked for Opera from 2000 to 2005 as executive vice president for sales. In 2005 he joined Alcatel-Lucent as Nordics and the Baltics CEO and prior to rejoining Operain January 2009 as chief commercial officer, he served on Opera Software’s board of director as vice chairman.
Boliesen said: “I am impressed with what Opera has achieved under Jon’s leadership. We provide technology not only to nearly 100 million customers worldwide, but also to major players in the industry: Vodafone, T-Mobile, Nintendo, KDDI, SKT, Nokia, Samsung, Toshiba and Sony Ericsson to name but a few. 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.”
Von Tetzchner said: “Lars Boilesen brings both a very significant industry experience and a deep understanding of Opera to the role as the company’s chief executive officer. In short Opera runs through his veins. My decision to assume a role in Opera is based on a lengthy consideration process. 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.”