Executive Management
& Board of Directors

Executive Management

Børge Astrup
Chief Executive Officer

Børge Astrup is a business leader committed to creating a winning working environment, and a culture that delivers by engaging and embracing diversity. Børge uses goal-oriented methodologies, technology and commercial models, to drive fast, focused, and uncomplicated market delivery.

Mr Astrup comes from the position as CEO of Puzzel, a fast-growing cloud contact center software (CCaaS) company with an industry leading product platform. Puzzel operates in eight countries, has a global customer base, over 200 employees, and annual revenue exceeding USD 40 million. He led Puzzel's demerger from Intelecom Group, a Norwegian telecom, contact center and mobile services provider, launching Puzzel as a stand-alone company.

Prior to the demerger, Børge was the managing director of Intelecom Group. He has also held various management positions at Visma, the leading European provider of core business software.
Børge Astrups holds a bachelor’s in marketing with specialization in Management from BI Norwegian Business School.

Emailborge.astrup@techstep.no
Mobile: +47 928 27 676

Mads Vårdal
Chief Product Officer

Mr Vårdal is an experienced business developer and executive with a proven track record from previous positions at Nordialog, Smartworks and Teki Solutions.

His long experience from the industry covers sales, strategy, business development, M&A processes, product development and executive manager roles. Mr.Vårdal has since 2007 been operating in several central executive roles within sales, business development and daily management with a build- and turn-around focus.

Email: mads.vardal@techstep.no
Mobile: +47 996 98 488

Bartosz Leoszewski
Chief Technology Officer

Mr Leoszewski is an experienced IT and software leader and entrepreneur. He is experienced in building software products and their strategy, setting a long-term technology direction with cybersecurity always at the forefront.

As a software engineer in 2006 Mr. Leoszewski co-founded Famoc, where he was first responsible for product development and engineering as Chief Technology Officer, and in 2012 transitioned to a CEO role - growing the company from just an idea into a recognized player in the enterprise mobility market. Famoc was acquired by Techstep in 2021.

Mr Leoszewski holds an M. Sc. in Computer Science from the Technical University of Gdansk and an Executive MBA from Rotterdam School of Management. He is also a member of the Polish chapter of the Entrepreneurs' Organization.

Email: Bartosz Leoszewski
Mobile: +48 516057717 

Gunnar Aasen
Chief Revenue Officer

Mr Aasen is a commercial leader with substantial C-level experience at driving international B2B market penetration, delivering regional growth from existing and new customers via both direct sales and channels.

He has a proven track record within Sales & Marketing Management, Enterprise Software, Telecommunications, and Customer Relationship Management, and experienced in managing diverse teams to exceed targets and delivering commercial change. Mr Aasen focuses on sales strategy, performance, and customer experience to create great value for B2B businesses, opening new channels, and new ways of working and execute with precision to deliver fast return on investment, growth and scale. A C-level relationship-builder with an extensive international network across EMEA.

Gunnar Aasen comes from the position as CCO of Puzzel and member of the Executive Board, a fast-growing cloud contact center software (CCaaS) company with an industry leading product platform.

Email: gunnar.aasen@techstep.no
Mobile: +47 934 66 041



Fredrik Logenius
Chief Operations Officer

Mr Logenius is a first-mover, entrepreneur and an experienced executive within the information technology and services industry. His skill set is broad and based on entrepreneurship and strategy, agile methodologies, software development and mobile solutions.

Mr Logenius has been Managing Director of the Swedish company Optidev AB, which Techstep ASA acquired in 2020, since 2015.

Thanks to business achievements with Optidev AB, he was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year 2020 in his hometown Borås where Optidev AB has its head office. Mr Logenius has also been nominated for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award, a programme which spans more than 60 countries around the world.

Emailfredrik.logenius@techstep.se
Mobile: +46 733 58 42 02

Marius Drefvelin
Chief Financial Officer

Mr Drefvelin has both operational and transactional experience from his current and previous work, including driving operational improvements, restructuring and integration. Mr. Drefvelin came from the position as Group CFO of Creuna, a leading Nordic technology and communications consultancy firm with 350 employees. Prior to this, he has experience with transactions and investments both as an advisor and investor at Deloitte, Jebsen Asset Management and KPMG.

Mr Drefvelin has a B.Sc. in Finance and a B.Sc. in Economics from the University of Utah, USA. Moreover, he is a Certified European Financial Analyst from the Norwegian School of Economics.

Email: marius.drefvelin@techstep.no
Mobile: +47 958 95 690

Ellen Skaarnæs
Chief People Officer

As Chief People Officer, her key focus is to ensure that Techstep is an attractive workplace with a culture and people focus our people and great talents want to be part of.

Ellen is an experienced, strategic and business-oriented HR leader with a keen focus on delivering results and adding value to the business.

She has a broad background from international organizations at both strategic and operational level.
With her 13 years in Shell holding various positions at all levels (from HR advisor to Managing Director) and 5 years at Coca-Cola Enterprises as Ass. Director, HR Business Partner, she brings an extensive experience from Performance- and Talent management and Change management in addition to solid leadership and coaching experience.

Ellen holds a Bachelor in Management from BI Norwegian Business School.

Emailellen.skaarnaes@techstep.no
Mobile: +47 918 82 587

Erik Haugen
Chief Transformation Officer

Mr Haugen is an international business professional, bringing with him broad commercial experience within finance, telecommunications, consumer electronics, the entertainment licencing industry, as well as managed mobility services and IT.

Following his business administration studies at BI Norwegian Business School, Mr Haugen spent 12 years in London working with focus on sales, marketing and business management for companies like Pioneer and Sony Ericsson, before returning to Norway and joining Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA to start up their mobile communications initiative.

Mr Haugen will also head up Techstep's M&A activities, as well as being in charge of corporate communications and investor relations.

Email: erik.haugen@techstep.no
Mobile: +47 967 90 101

 

Board of directors

Jens Rugseth - Chairman of the board

Jens Rugseth is a co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Crayon Group ASA and Link Mobility Group ASA. He has been a serial founder of a number of companies within the IT-sector over the past 30 years. Mr. Rugseth has also held the position a chief executive officer in some of the largest IT-companies in Norway, including ARK ASA, Cinet AS and Skrivervik Data AS. Mr. Rugseth studied business economics at the Norwegian School of Management. Jens Rugseth is a Norwegian citizen, currently residing in Oslo, Norway.

Ingrid Leisner - Board member

Ms. Leisner has served on the Board in Techstep since January 2016. Ms. Leisner’s directorships over the last five years include current board positions in Storage Group ASA, Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, Maritime and Merchant ASA. Mrs Leisner has a background as a trader of different oil and gas products in her 15 years in Statoil ASA. Her years of experience and skills within business strategy, M&A, management consulting and change management has been very valuable when serving on the board of several companies listed on Oslo Børs. She holds a Bachelor of Business degree with honors from the University of Texas in Austin. Ms. Leisner was born in 1968, is a Norwegian citizen and maintains a business address at Techstep ASA, Henrik Ibsens gate 100, 0230 Oslo, Norway.

Anders Brandt - Board member

Mr. Brandt has served on the Board in Techstep since April 2018. Mr. Brandt has more than 20 years of experience in international entrepreneurship, technology, venture capital and digital services. He is managing partner in the venture capital fund Idekapital, and has co-funded and exited numerous companies including DinSide, OMG, Viken Fibernett, Mytos, Meshtech and Bubbly Group. Brandt has 14 years of board experience of listed companies on Oslo Børs and Nasdaq Stockholm, whereof several tech companies.

Melissa Mulholland - Board member

Ms. Mulholland has served on the Board in Techstep since April 2021. Ms. Mulholland is Chief Executive Officer of Crayon, a digital transformation expert that through innovation and services helps companies worldwide leverage the power of technology to drive the greater good. Prior to Crayon, Melissa spent 12 years at Microsoft, leading strategy and business development worldwide to help businesses be profitable through cloud transformation. Prior to Microsoft, she spent two years at Intel Corporation, driving a cross-company analysis into the effectiveness of using recycled chips for solar technology, to reduce fixed costs. This work contributed to Intel’s success in ranking as one of the top 10 “Greenest” U.S. companies. Melissa is an entrepreneurial technologist, focused on applying technology to improve the quality of life for all. She has authored 12 books focused on how to build a business in the Cloud and is a board advisor for SHE, Europe’s largest gender equality conference. Ms. Mulholland holds an MA in Business Administration and Strategic Management from Regis University in Colorado. A US national, she lives in Oslo, Norway.

Group overview

Techstep is a group company purpose-built to become a Managed Mobility Services (MMS) leader.
The company’s legal (and operational) structure is presented below.
All entities are owned 100% unless otherwise is stated

 

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Contact us

Head Office

Techstep ASA

Brynsallèen 4
0667 Oslo, Norway
Telephone: +47 23 17 23 50
E-mail: info@techstep.no

Invoice address

Techstep ASA
E-mail: invoice@techstep.no