& Group overview
Børge 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.
Børge 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.
Mobile: +47 928 27 676
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.
Mobile: +47 480 64 787
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 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 moving into international movie and music licensing, joining The Licensing Agency Ltd. in 2005.
Since returning to Norway in 2009, Mr Haugen first joined Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA to start up their mobile communications initiative. Subsequently he moved into finance and professional services sales at Lindorff AS (now Intrum) in 2011 where he has been responsible for strategic sales, key account management and business development for a large portfolio of clients within telecoms, utilities, trade, SME and public sector.
Mobile: +47 967 90 101
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.
Mobile: +47 996 98 488
Mr. Paulsen is an experienced executive manager with a proven track record from companies such as Clear Channel, Eltel Networks/Sønnico Tele, Infratek/Hafslund, Implement (formerly known as MarkUp Consulting) and Accenture.
Business development and change management combined with handling daily operations are Mr. Paulsen’s core competencies. His broad experience comes from heading strategic business development projects in venture businesses or turnaround cases as well as holding various executive positions responsible for profit & loss.
Mr. Paulsen holds a MSc in Business Management (Siviløkonom) from Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH). He is also graduated from The Royal Norwegian Air Force Academy.
Mobile: +47 996 01 072
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.
Mobile: +46 733 58 42 02
Board of directors
Jens Rugseth - Chairman of the board
Ingrid Leisner - Board member
Anders Brandt - Board member
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.