John Ryan Box is a British citizen and the company's CEO. John has been with the Company since 2006, holding several management positions, including five years as Area Director and six years as Executive Director. In his position as Executive Director, John was responsible for the Company's offices in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Perth, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. This has provided John with extensive international business experience. John holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and History from the Canterbury Christ Church University and a Master Level Diploma in Organizational Leadership from Said Business School, University of Oxford.
Lena Shishkina is the company's CFO, and has joined the company in October 2021. Lena brings over 20 years’ global experience in enterprise software and B2B SaaS market to Meltwater. Previously she has held positions such as CFO of Russia & CIS and CFO of UK & Ireland at Fortune 100 ranked software company SAP. Followed by VP of Finance in EMEA, Asia Pacific & Japan at the NASDAQ listed SaaS company Workday. Most recently she has held the position of Chief Financial & Operations Officer at Red Points, a global leader in brand protection. Lena has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Durham University in the United Kingdom, and a MA in English and German from University of Linguistics Nizhny Novgorod.
Aditya Jami is the company's CTO and has been with the company since 2016. Aditya is an experienced technology leader with demonstrated history in executing complex engineering systems, developing product strategy, creating high velocity engineering culture, driving M&A integrations at Meltwater, and at international corporations such as Netflix and Yahoo. His industry & academic efforts have been translated into successful products, open source software and recognized in form of awards for research papers as well as in the popular press. Jami holds an M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University and served as a visiting scientist at Cornell University.
Alexandra Bjertnæs is Meltwater’s Chief Strategy Officer and is responsible for Corporate Strategy, M&A, Branding, Marketing and Communications. Alexandra joined Meltwater in October 2021 and brings extensive management experience after serving 25+ years in various key management roles. She was previously the Chief Communications and Strategy Officer at Posten Norge, a large Nordic Postal and Logistics group. Alexandra has demonstrated a strong leadership track-record in her years spent in Management Consulting, from line functions within Sales, Marketing and Customer Service as well as staff functions within Communications and Strategy. She has an MBA degree from INSEAD and a Bachelor of Science in Management and International Business (BSBA) from Georgetown University. Alexandra is a US citizen, fluent in five languages and lives in Norway.
Niklas de Besche is the company's COO. Niklas has extensive management experience from his 16+ years of building Meltwater. Niklas has played a fundamental part in the company’s revenue expansion and global footprint, from its inception in Norway to its role as the global leader in Media Intelligence. Niklas was the CEO of Meltwater, prior to going public on the Oslo Børs. In previous roles Niklas has also been Executive Director for Sales and as well as Executive Director of Product in Meltwater. Niklas has extensive international business experience from working for many years in the U.S. Niklas holds a Master of Science in Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, and a Bachelor of Business and Administration, Stockholm Business School and NUS Business School, Singapore.
Paal Larsen in the Executive Director for the company's business, beyond America. Paal holds over 15 years management experience, of which 12 of them as Executive Director. Outside of the company, Paal is one of three initiators behind the non-profit organization Terravera, which aims to create a platform that empowers people to distinguish between real and fake information about climate change. Paal holds an MSC in Economics and Business Administration from Norges Handelshøyskole (NHH).
Michael Ruggieri is an American citizen and the company's Executive Director for Product & Engineering. He has been with the company since 2012. Mike has over 24 years of experience from the software industry, focusing on both product management and software development. Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Framingham State University.
Kaveh Rostampor is the Company's Executive Director of the company's Americas division. Kaveh has vast leadership experience from his 15 years with the Company, where he, inter alia, has led global go-to-market teams and for the past six years led Meltwater’s Americas division. By working in the U.S. for several years, Kaveh has gained valuable international business experience. Kaveh holds a Master of Science Degree in Business and Economics from Uppsala University as well as a Master's Diploma in Strategy and Innovation from Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford.
Jørn Lyseggen (the Founder) is a Norwegian serial-entrepreneur and the company's Executive Director and founder. Jørn began his career as a research scientist in artificial intelligence at the Norwegian Computing Center. Meltwater is Lyseggen’s fourth start up. Prior to Meltwater he has two exits and one listing under his belt. He is the author of the book “Outside Insight”, published in 2017 and has two patents to his name. Jørn holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) from Iowa State University.
David Faugno is a Non-Executive member of the board in the company, a position he has held since June 2019. David has 13 years of experience in management positions, having held the position as CFO at both Barracuda Networks and Qualtrics, respectively. David holds a BS in Accounting from Rutgers University and an MBA from Duke University.
David Flannery is an American citizen and a Non-Executive member of the board in the company. David has nearly 30 years of experience from the finance and investment industry and has been associated with the Company for the past two years. Prior to his engagement with Meltwater, David held roles at international corporations such as, inter alia, Deutsche Bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Blackstone. Currently, David holds the role as President of Vista Credit Partners. David holds a Bachelor of Business Administration – Finance and Accounting from Villanova University.
Mattias Holmström is a Partner at Altor and is a board member of Meltwater, QNTM, ARC, Raw Fury and Transcom. Mattias has extensive experience as a private equity investor and board member from over 10 years with Altor and working with Meltwater since Altor Fund III’s investment in 2012, as well as working as strategy consultant with Booz & Company for 2 years. Mattias Holmström holds an MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, with specialization in Software Architecture and Design.
Erik Langaker has an extensive background of developing and commercialising technology businesses, with 30 years’ international experience in private equity, listed companies and entrepreneurial ventures. He has been an active investor and chair and director in well over 25 companies. Erik Langaker also brings valuable Nordic public company experience. He has previously served as chair of Norwegian and European R&D engineering company Data Respons ASA (sold to AKKA Technologies SE) and currently serves as member of the boards of current Oslo listed companies Zalaris ASA and Elop AS.
Stefanie Witte is currently a Director for Chrome OS Consumer, running the business for Google's operating system in Northern Europe and the German speaking countries. Over the last nine years, Stefanie has held several other senior positions at Google including marketing for Android, Google's own hardware and their advertising products. Prior to Google she worked six years at Novartis in business development and strategic marketing and three years as management consultant at McKinsey. Stefanie holds a Lic.oec. HSG, Finance, Accounting and Controlling, from the University St. Gallen.
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