Our story

 

Advania traces its roots to three Nordic countries, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Over a long period of time each country generated a crucial component of what eventually was braided into one company, Advania AB, in 2012.

In 1939 an Icelandic entrepreneur founded EJS, an office equipment repair workshop in Reykjavik. He soon expanded his business, opened a store and started importing office machinery, cash registers etc. EJS eventually became a dominant IT business in Iceland. In 1952 the Icelandic government and the city of Reykjavik founded Skýrr, an IT company whose purpose was to take a leading role in computing and recordkeeping in Iceland. The company was privatized in 1995 and later became the core element in a group of companies – including EJS – that merged under the Skýrr brand.

In 1971 the IT company Nokia Elektronic AB – later renamed Datapoint Svenska AB – was founded in Sweden. The company sold Datapoint computer terminals but later became a network pioneer and a key system integrator in Sweden. In 2003 Datapoint merged with Virtus AB, an IT-company which was founded in 1994 and grew rapidly. Virtus soon became a key player in the Swedish market, focusing on Mircosoft based solutions and offering storage & backup services. In 2003 one the strongest and most comprehensive system integrators in Sweden was created when Datapoint and Virtus merged. The new company was named Kerfi AB.

In 1991 Merkantildata Applikasjon was founded in Norway, originally as a business unit within Merkantildata (later ATEA). The company focused on implementing ERP solutions in the Nordic market, industry solutions for retail, property management, logistics, legal and transport & waste management. In 2000 the company changed its name to Hands and was listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. In 2005 Hands was unlisted, as it was acquired by the Icelandic company Kögun which later merged with Skýrr (see above). Despite changes in ownership Hands kept its Norwegian identity and acquired Nett.2.3 and Completo in 2005.

In 2012 Advania AB was born, when Skýrr from Iceland, Kerfi from Sweden and Hands from Norway merged and became a key challenger in the Scandinavian IT-market. Since then four companies have been acquired and merged with Advania, the listed Swedish IT company Caperio included.

1,150

Employees

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Location

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Countries

1939

Founded

With over 1,150 employees in 22 locations in Sweden, Iceland, Norway and Denmark we feel the heartbeat of companies in the Nordics. We operate in all aspects of society, serving clients in healthcare & life sciences, banking & finance, infrastructure & telecommunication, policing & homeland security, education & exports, social & family services, industries & commerce, transport & tourism, fisheries & agriculture.
 

Board of Directors

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Thomas Ivarson

Thomas Ivarson has a broad international business experience. He has held several senior executive and management positions in the IT industry, at Ericsson and later EHPT AB in Sweden, CMG Wireless Data Solutions BV in Holland, Logica PLC in London, etc. He’s an investor in small and medium size companies and has significant experience of merger & acquisitions. He sits on several boards of directors. Thomas has an M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Chalmers Technical University in Gothenburg and a business degree from the University of Gothenburg.
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Birgitta Stymne Göransson

Birgitta Stymne Göransson has extensive business and Board experience ranging from medtech, healthcare and retail to management consulting and IT. Prior to being a full time senior advisor and Board professional she was CEO of Memira Group and of Semantix, and COO and CFO of Telefos Group, CFO at Åhlens and management consultant with McKinsey & Co. Birgitta holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and M.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
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Bengt Engström

Bengt Engström has held a number of senior executive positions at several companies, both in Sweden and globally, for example at Whirlpool, Bofors AB, Duni AB and Fujitsu. He sits on several boards of listed and unlisted companies and has a comprehensive experience in merging and acquiring companies. Bengt has an M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
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Katrín Olga Jóhannesdóttir

Katrín Olga Jóhannesdóttir is a Chairman of the Iceland Chamber of Commerce, Vice Chairman of Iceland Growth Forum, Board member of Icelandair Group, a member of Akur Invest’s investment committee and sits on the Board of Trustees for Reykjavik University. Her prior management positions include Skipti, Siminn, Navision Software Iceland and Board positions at Advania, The Central bank of Iceland, Sirius IT, Skjárinn, Ölgerdin Egill Skallagrimsson and Icepharma. Katrin Olga holds a Bachelor degree in Business from the University of Iceland and a Master degree from the University of Odense.
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Vesa Suurmunne

Vesa Suurmunne is a CEO of Nordic Mezzanine Advisers Limited. His prior management positions include Hambro European Ventures, Hambros Bank Limited, Arctos Asset Management and the Industrialization Fund of Finland. Vesa holds a Master of Science in Technology from Helsinki University of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Business Studies from Helsinki School of Economics.

Management

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Gestur G. Gestsson

Group CEO

He was previously CMO and later CTO at Vodafone Iceland, CMO at Betware and CEO at Margmiðlun. Gestur has an extensive board experience, especially in IT and telecommunication.

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Ola Maalsnes

Group CFO

He has previously held similar positions at several companies, including Caperio Holding, AB, Telecomputing Sweden AB and Samport Payment Services AB.

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Mikael Noaksson

Group COO

He was CEO of Advania Sweden, Director of Advania Sourcing and BU Manager of Advania Consulting

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Lilja Brynja Skúladóttir

Group Controller

Previously she worked at KPMG and Icelandic Group Ltd, which is listed on the Icelandic stock exchange.

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Tomas Wanselius

CEO Advania Sweden

He was CEO and previously Sales & Marketing Director of Caperio, founder and CEO of OBH Nordica AB and CEO of Portal AB

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Ægir Már Þórisson

CEO Advania Iceland

Previously he was Director of human resources at the company and Managing Director of consulting at Capacent.

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Espen Hartz

CEO Advania Norway

He joined Advania as Director of Sales and Marketing from Bluegarden AS, where held the same position. Previously he was salesa manager at Bluegarden and Key account Manager at Atea.

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Göran Gustavsson

MD of Operations

Simultaneously he is head of Advania Cloud Portal Services. He has held several management positions with the company. e.g as a Business Manager & Sales & Marketing Director.

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Robert Scwartz

CFO Advania Sweden and Advania Norway

Previously he was CFO of Advania Group. Prior responsibilities at Advania include Business Controller and Accounting Manager.

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Eva Sóley Guðbjörnsdóttir

CFO Advania Iceland

Previously she was a VP of Corperate Finance at Össur, listed on NASDAQ Copenhagen, the vice chairman of the board of Landsbankinn and the CFO of Kaupthing.