Viju appoints Odd Sverre Østlie as its new President/CEO
Viju, the global visual communications specialist, today announced that Odd Sverre Østlie will be the President and CEO of the organisation, with expected accession during the first quarter of 2014.
Odd Sverre comes from the position as General Manager/Senior Director Video and Conferencing, Advanced Services Collaboration at Cisco where he led their global video collaboration activities within professional services and system integration. Before that, Odd Sverre was Senior Director of Cisco's Collaboration Technology Group with responsibility for commercial and technical marketing strategy and solutions for video, UC, IP telephony and contact center.
During Cisco's acquisition and integration of TANDBERG, Odd Sverre played a key role in the senior management team within telepresence, then with a total turnover of over 2 billion USD. At TANDBERG, Odd Sverre was responsible for developing solution segments including immersive telepresence, software clients/unified communications and solutions for service providers.
Before TANDBERG, Odd Sverre worked at Microsoft and McKinsey and Company. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Economics and Technology Management from NTNU (The Norwegian University of Science and Technology).
Commenting on the appointment, Chairman, Rune Jensen said: "We are very pleased that Odd Sverre will be joining us as our new CEO. He has tremendous experience and expertise both as a specialist and as a leader in our industry, and his background fits perfectly with Viju's ambitious growth plans in the US, Europe and Asia."
"The business world is in the midst of a revolution for effective collaborative working environments. Modern communications and collaboration technology has erased many barriers so that employees can work with whomever and wherever they want,” said Odd Sverre Østlie. “For companies that want to succeed, it is crucial they consider the people and process related elements as well as the technology. This is precisely where Viju is among the best in the world, and I'm excited to be a part of a team that helps companies define their visual communications and collaboration strategy."