We are pleased to announce our new partner at the Norwegian office, Shahzad Abid

Shahzad brings with him more than 20 years of experience from management positions in technology,  telecom and digital infrastructure companies from high-growth markets in EMEA and APAC. His experience includes being Marketing Director for Nokia Networks Middle East & Africa, VP Sales Telenor Conax,  CEO for Vestas-owned entity OCAS AS, and recently CEO for an industrial LED-company owned by the Höegh family. Shahzad is a member of the corporate assembly in Norsk Hydro, and has held board positions in various SMBs. His formal background is a Master of Science and a Bachelor in Economics from the Norwegian School of Management (BI), and a Bachelor in Social Science from the University of Oslo.

“We are very glad to announce that Shahzad is joining our team. Shahzad has a long standing reputation from top executive roles in telecom, high-tech, software, industrial infrastructure, lighting and wind energy. This has given him valuable experience within transformation to digital technologies, business strategy, change management, restructuring and M&A. He has a particularly strong growth experience and from working with customer, sales & marketing management. For Norwegian executives with international growth ambitions, his track record from international business expansions in markets like Europe, MEA, APAC and U.S. will make ham a valued advisor” says Managing Partner Pål Wæhle.

“I am pleased to join Bene Agere, which I see as a niche consultancy house with great capabilities and talented people, especially in strategy development and related implementation. With my background from management roles, I look forward to work with the team to support client CxOs to achieve their goals and implement measureable change and results.” says Shahzad

Bene Agere is an independent management consultancy based in the Nordics, with teams in the UK, Spain and USA. Our clients range from medium enterprises to global corporations. We work together with our customers to set and operationalize strategies, with a strong focus on implementation, results and learning. The leaders and organizations we work with recognize us for some distinctive capabilities:

  1. We enable organizations to predictably implement ambitions and strategies in order to achieve substantial results improvement.
  2. We build competences and shape the culture to strengthen the ability to continuously drive development and improvement.

For more information please contact one of our partners

First two months on the job- Ingrid Leinum and Aksel Trygstad Lamache

Ingrid Kristine Leinum and Aksel Trygstad Lamache have just finished their first two months as Results Analysts in Bene Agere. Both Ingrid and Aksel joined Bene Agere after graduating from The Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen (NHH). Ingrid took a major in Economics, while Aksel took a major in Finance.

At NHH, Ingrid was a board member in the organization, Global Economic Perspectives. In addition to her studies she also has experience from the aluminum industry, working at Hydro for several consecutive summers.

“I believe Bene Agere is a great place to start as a young professional. Working in a consulting firm is a great way to develop a wide set of skills, and the fact that Bene Agere is a relatively small firm with projects in several different industries really intrigued me. During my first two months I have had the opportunity to work on exciting projects alongside talented colleagues and I have already experienced a steep learning curve.”

In addition to his studies, Aksel served as the Head of Projects in the student consulting firm NHHS Consulting. He also has professional experience from sales management.

“I wanted to be part of the Bene Agere team, because of the responsibilities and opportunities working at a small consulting firm gives. I was especially tempted by the idea of working closely with ambitious business leaders across industries from the very beginning. After just two months at Bene Agere I have already been exposed to a wide set of different industries, and worked closely with partners and high level business leaders.”

Two months on the job – Haakon Utby

Newly employed Haakon Utby has just finished his first two months as Result Analyst in Bene Agere. Haakon joined Bene Agere directly after graduating from NTNU, with a master of science within marine technology. In addition to his studies, Haakon gained a broad experience from voluntary work as president of NTNUI and entrepreneurial work as partner in the student consulting firm Junior Consulting AS. He was also member of the board of directors at NTNU as a student representative.

“I chose to join Bene Agere to be part of a small and agile consulting company, where personal impact is decisive. Bene Agere gives me the opportunity to take on challenging task working closely with customers, creating a perfect platform for developing talent as a young professional” , Haakon says.

Haakon has joined the team from Bene Agere managing the launch of Digital Norway* – Toppindustrisenteret AS. Haakon’s role in the team is delivering facts and analysis to support decision making as well as contributing to coordination and execution a number of core activities to ensure constant progress.

Haakon continues; “Being given the opportunity to join the Bene Agere team working with Digital Norway kickstarted my two first months in Bene Agere. It has exposed me to a team of very experienced people from the largest corporations in Norway, being a great source of learning. The challenges we work with are crucial to solve for making Norwegian Industry competitive in a globalized and digitalized future. I hope to proudly look back at this work in my future career, contributing to the foundation for continued economic growth in Norway.”

Managing Partner, Pål Wæhle:

“We are very glad to announce that Haakon is joining the Bene Agere team. We are always looking for top talent and think that Haakon has proven himself with great achievements among his peers. He has been able to combine a complex technical education with strong complementary extracurricular activities, building a strong business foundation. Two months on the job, we see that it is a very strong foundation and we are certain that Haakon will be a key part in Bene Agere’s growth”

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*Digital Norway is a joint initiative from Kongsberg Group, Telenor, Aker BP, DNV-GL, Schibsted, DNB, Ferd, Wilhelmsen, Statoil, Yara and Jotun, norwegian educational and research institutes as well as representatives from the Ministry of Trade. Digital Norway aims to drive technology adoption and business opportunities related to digitalization. Bene Agere has a central role, supporting Hilde Tonne and Walter Qvam in managing and facilitating the contributions from the owners, while driving  Digital Norway towards the launch in the spring of 2017.

Toppindustrisenteret lanseres i dag!

I dag er det endelig tid for den store lanseringen av Toppindustrisenteret på Arendalsuka. Walter Qvam, Sigve Brekke, Kristin Skogen Lund, Monica Mæland er blant flere viktige aktører i Norsk næringsliv som går sammen for å bygge en arena for å adoptere ny teknologi og digitalisering. Bene Agere er stolte av å ha fasilitert prosessen med arbeidet som i dag skal presenteres- og være med på det spennende arbeidet fremover!
Hvis du lurer på hvordan den digitale revolusjonen vil påvirke din bedrift og hvordan du kan møte de store endringene, ikke nøl med å ta kontakt med oss.

Vi vil hjelpe norske bedrifter med å mestre fremtiden!

Geir Ødegård geir.odegard@beneagere.com

Pål Wæhle pal.waehle@beneagere.com

Kristian Kvam, previously Managing Director in Accenture, joins Bene Agere

Kvam comes from the position as Managing Director in Accenture’s Global Energy Practice, responsible for the Nordic Energy practice. He has extensive experience in assisting oil, energy and process companies in improvement and efficiency programmes both in the strategic / planning process and in implementing improvement programmes on an operational level.

– I’m excited to join the Bene Agere team and build on their track record of teaming with their customers to achieve tangible, sustainable results.  I’m looking forward to leverage my experience in a new, agile and dynamic company, says Kvam.

In addition to a comprehensive background in professional services, Kvam previously held the position as the Chairman of the Board of the Guild of Companies within the Norwegian Petroleum Association and was a member of the board of the Norwegian Petroleum Association.

– We are very glad to announce that Kvam is joining the Bene Agere team. Given his undisputable track record from professional services and his renowned name in the energy sector – a sector that we foresee will have to overcome significant challenges over the next decade – we are confident that he will contribute to the development of Bene Agere in the Nordics and Internationally. Furthermore, he will strengthen our capacity within sales management, operational excellence and business & IT transformation, says Managing Partner Pål Wæhle.

Bene Agere is an independent management consultancy based in the Nordics, with teams in the UK, Spain and USA. Our clients range from medium enterprises to global corporations. We work together with our customers to set and operationalize strategies, with a strong focus on implementation, results and learning. The leaders and organizations we work with recognize us for some distinctive capabilities:

  1. We enable organizations to predictably implement ambitions and strategies in order to achieve substantial results improvement.
  2. We build competences and shape the culture to strengthen the ability to continuously drive development and improvement.

For more information please contact:

Pål Wæhle

Managing Partner
pal.waehle@beneagere.com
+47 911 84 009

www.beneagere.com

Olav Fjell assumes the role as chairman of Bene Agere

Previous CEO of Statoil and Managing Director for Hurtigruten, Olav Fjell, assumes the role as Chairman of Bene Agere.

– When I take on the role as the Chairman of Bene Agere, it is based on good experiences with their approaches. They support customers in executing the change programs themselves and participate all the way through until the initiatives are done and results are delivered, says Fjell.

In addition to his roles at Statoil and Hurtigruten, Fjell has been the managing director of Lindorff and Postbanken. He was part of the executive team in DnB and Kongsberg Våpenfabrikk. Fjell also has extensive non-executive board experience, and is presently the Chairman of Statkraft and a member of the non-executive board of Swedbank in Sweden.

‐ We greatly appreciate that Fjell chooses to use his time and capabilities with the further development of Bene Aere. We are expanding across the Nordic and internationally, and his experience will be valuable for this journey. As our concept is to be a tool for leaders that want extraordinary results, it is important that someone with Fjell’s background is actively engaged based on his own experience in partnering with Bene Agere. We are really pleased to have a Chairman with Fjell’s reputation and integrity. From his own top leader experience he is able to refer to how leaders that want more can succeed, and which role Bene Agere can play, says managing partner Pål Wæhle.

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