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Executive Management

Executive management Crayon Group

Jens Rugseth

Founder, Crayon Group Board Member & President Crayon US

Jens Rugseth is a co-founder of Crayon AS in 2002. He has been a serial founder of a number of companies in the IT sector over the past 25 years. Mr Rugseth has also been chief executive for some of the largest IT companies in Norway, including ARK ASA, Cinet AS and Skrivervik Data AS. Mr Rugseth studied business economics at the Norwegian School of Management.

Torgrim Takle

Crayon Group Holding CEO

Torgrim Takle joined Crayon in September 2013. Prior to that, he served as CFO of Thin Film Electronics ASA (a publicly listed technology company in Norway). Previously, Mr. Takle was an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company which he joined in 2004, managing corporate finance-related projects for clients across Europe and the USA. Mr. Takle holds a Master of Science degree from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s Institute of Industrial Economy and Technological Management.

Rune Syversen

Founder, Crayon Group CEO

Rune Syversen is a co-founder of Crayon and has been its chief executive since 2002. Prior to leading the establishment of Crayon, he held a number of senior positions in the Telenor group in Norway and Sweden as well as establishing several companies involved with IT and financing. Mr Syversen studied at the Norwegian School of Management.​

Bente Liberg

Crayon Group COO

Bente Liberg joined Crayon AS on 1 March 2002 and has held various executive positions in the company. She came from the post of consultant manager in Eterra. Ms Liberg has 15 years of experience as an IT infrastructure consultant and nine years as a manager for IT consultants. Her employers have included Netcenter, EDB and Eterra/Getronics. Ms Liberg studied at the NKI computer college (DPH).

Mattias Ödlund

Crayon Group CTO

Mattias Ödlund joined Crayon in 2007 as Operations Director for the Swedish subsidiary Crayon AB. Before joining Crayon, he worked as an IT Management Consultant for five years and had engagements in industries like IT & Telecom, Retail and Logistics. Mr. Ödlund has 20 years of experience form the IT & Telecom industry and has held senior positions at Song Networks AB (TDC) and at Wineasy AB as CTO and Vice president.

Knut Ansten

Crayon Group CFO

Knut Ansten joined Crayon Group in September 2014. Prior to that he worked for Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics’ (an international heavy equipment transporter providing global shipping and inland distribution services) in the global Corporate Finance & Strategy team focusing on corporate strategy, investments and M&A projects. Prior to that, Knut worked as a Management Consultant at McKinsey & Company serving European and Asian clients across multiple industries including telco, private equity, high tech and retail, providing consulting services on projects including corporate finance, marketing & sales and strategy support. 

Ashley Gatehouse

Crayon Group CMO

Ashley Gatehouse joined Crayon in January 2014. He has over 20 years of senior business leadership experience within direct marketing/direct sales and mass distribution businesses, in both the B2B and B2C markets. Mr Gatehouse most recently served as the EMEA VP Marketing for Insight and has led international marketing and hybrid sales and marketing functions in the IT, DIY, Industrial and Office Products and consumer goods markets and brings deep experience across the full marketing mix to Crayon.