Board of Directors

The shareholder-elected members of the board are independent of the company’s senior management and material business contacts.

 

MAURO RICCI

(FOUNDER & CEO, AKKA TECHNOLOGIES)

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

After a successful career at Renault Automation, Mauro Ricci founded HYSYS in 1984. The company provided industrialization and production technology support to manufacturers as well as productivity improvement consulting services. Mauro founded 3 additional companies to complete the HYSYS suite of services between 1984 and 1999. Anticipating market developments, Maurice RICCI merged these four companies to establish the AKKA Group in 1999, offering a holistic R&D service to its clients.

 

NATHALIE BUHNEMANN

(GROUP CFO, AKKA TECHNOLOGIES)

MEMBER OF THE BOARD

Nathalie joined the AKKA Group in late 2013 after having assisted the Group as an external consultant during the acquisition of MBTech in 2012. Prior to that, for nearly 13 years Nathalie worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in auditing, consulting and M&A transactions concerning companies of all sizes, spanning every different business sector and geographical region.

LARS PETERS 

(DIRECTOR MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS/ CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT, AKKA TECHNOLOGIES)

MEMBER OF THE BOARD

Lars (born 1971) joined AKKA Technologies in 2007 and runs the AKKA Group’s operations of Mergers & Acquisitions as well as Corporate Development worldwide. He has been previously running the International Development and M&A of technology driven German and Internationally positioned Consulting and innovative Product Companies. He trained as a business economist at German University of Passau and Insead.

ERIK LANGAKER

MEMBER OF THE BOARD

Erik Langaker (born 1963) is a full-time technology Investor and entrepreneur. He served as a member of the board of Data Respons from November 2011 to April 2015 and was re-elected as Chairman in April 2016. He has extensive experience in building international technology companies through a combination of organic growth and targeted M&A. His experience includes well-known names like StormGeo Group, LINK Mobility and Talkmore Mobile. He currently serves as Chairman in CMR Surgical (UK) Ltd., CAMO Analytics, Brandmaster and Kezzler and non-exec. Director in HitecVision and Resoptima.

ULLA-BRITT FRÄJDIN-HELLEQVIST

MEMBER OF THE BOARD

Fräjdin-Hellqvist (born 1954) was elected to the Board in November 2011. She holds an MSc in Engineering Physics from Chalmers and has held leading positions at Volvo Cars and the Swedish Confederation of Enterprise. She has extensive board experience and is currently Chairman of the Board at Karlstad Innovation Park and board member at several public, private and state owned companies. Fräjdin-Hellqvist works as an independent contractor and partner.

MALIN HOV 

MEMBER OF THE BOARD (Employee representative)

Malin Hov (born 1971) was elected as an employee representative in July 2019 (deputy since May 2018). She holds an MSc Eng in Mechanics from Lund University in Sweden. Hov has worked in Data Respons since 2011 and is currently Quality, Environmental and Information Security Manager at the Høvik office.

MARIUS WESTGAARD 

MEMBER OF THE BOARD (Employee representative)

Marius Westgaard (born 1990) was elected as an employee representative in May 2018. He holds an MSc Eng in Engineering Cybernetics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Westgaard has worked at Data Respons since 2015 and is currently a Senior Development Engineer at the Høvik office.