Board of directors

Nordic Semiconductor

Birger Steen

Birger Steen - Shareholder elected and Chair

Board Chair since 2018 and board member since 2017
Birger Steen is a technology investor based in Munich, Germany and serves as Thematic Partner at Summa Equity AB. He served as CEO of Parallels, Inc. from 2010 to 2016. He was Vice President of Worldwide SMB and Distribution at Microsoft Corp. in Redmond and General Manager of Microsoft Russia and Microsoft Norway from 2002 to 2010. Prior to joining Microsoft, Mr. Steen was CEO of Scandinavia Online and Vice President of Business Development in Schibsted ASA, where he first served as a consultant while at McKinsey & Company from 1993 to 1996. Mr. Steen received his MSc in Computer Science and Industrial Engineering from the Norwegian Institute of Technology in Trondheim. He also holds a degree in Russian language from the Defense School of Intelligence and Security in Oslo and received his MBA from INSEAD in France. Mr. Steen serves as a Non-Executive Director of Nordea Bank Abp, where he chairs the Board Operations and Sustainability Committee, and PragmatIC Semiconductor Ltd. He is Board Chair of Pagero AB and myneva Gmbh, and has previously served as a Non-Executive Director of Schibsted ASA and Cognite AS.

Current holdings in the company: 198 745 shares.

Inger Berg ├śrstavik

Inger Berg Ørstavik - Shareholder elected

Board member since 2017
Inger Berg Ørstavik is a professor at the Department of Private Law, University of Oslo. She has previously been a partner at the law firm Schjødt AS and a lawyer at the office of the Attorney General for Civil Affairs. Mrs. Ørstavik has a law degree from the University of Oslo, a Ll.M. from Ruprecht-Karls-Universität in Heidelberg, Germany, and a Ph.D. from the University of Oslo in the areas of intellectual property law and competition law. She has taught international human rights law at Fudan University in Shanghai, China where she resided from 2005 to 2009. Mrs. Ørstavik has previously served as a Non-Executive Director of REC Silicon ASA. 

Current holdings in the company: 5 919 shares.

Tore Valderhaug

Jan Frykhammar - Shareholder elected

Board member since 2019
Jan Frykhammar is a Swedish business executive with over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications and technology industry. He spent the majority of his career at Ericsson, one of the world's largest telecommunications companies, where he held various executive positions over the years. He was appointed as the company's Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in 2009. As CFO, he was responsible for overseeing the company's financial operations and played a key role in Ericsson's cost-reduction program. Frykhammar also has experience in strategic planning, portfolio optimization, and mergers and acquisitions (M&A). He led several acquisitions and divestments amongst others Ericsson's acquisition of Nortel and Telcordia as well as the divestment of Sony-Ericsson and ST-Ericsson. Furthermore, Frykhammar has extensive board experience in several industries including technology by Enea AB, Alphawave Semi, Telavox AB and Clavister AB, renewable energy by OX2 and consultancy by Aspia Group.

Current holdings in the company: 24 919 shares.

Anita Huun

Anita Huun - Shareholder elected

Board member since 2019
Anita Huun is an experienced business executive and the current Commercial Director for Techstep, former CFO for Techstep.  Huun has more than 20 years of experience in finance, capital markets and management. Prior to joining Techstep, Huun served as the CFO of Cappelen Damm, a Norwegian publishing company and CFO for Microsoft Norway. Huun's capital market experience comes from her years as an equity analyst, covering the Norwegian IT sector, for Handelsbanken Capital Markets. Furthermore, Huun has board experience from Link Mobility until it was acquired by Abry partners. She has a MSc from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), with specialization in Finance.

Current holdings in the company: 13 919 shares.

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Snorre Kjesbu - Shareholder elected

Board member since 2023
Snorre Kjesbu is currently Senior Vice President & General Manager of Cisco Collaboration Devices. He is a global citizen leading a worldwide organization responsible for the collaboration devices business ranging from IP phones to immersive video systems. Prior to his return to Cisco, Kjesbu was Executive VP of Design, Creation and Fulfillment at BANG & OLUFSEN in Copenhagen. His résumé also includes SVP at Tandberg and being responsible for R&D on wireless communication at ABB. Kjesbu holds a Master of Science from the University of Bristol and has been a guest lecturer at the Stanford Network Research Center in Stanford University.

Current holdings in the company: 661 shares.

Annastiina Hintsa

Annastiina Hintsa - Shareholder elected

Board member since 2019
Annastiina Hintsa is the CEO of Hintsa Performance in Finland, a company focusing on enhancing the performance and leadership of client companies, best known for working with Formula 1 teams. Ms. Hintsa also has experience from McKinsey & Co. and from the Bank of Finland.

Current holdings in the company: 4 919 shares.

Anja Dekens, Employee elected in Board of Directors

Anja Dekens - Employee elected

Board member since 2022
Anja Dekens joined Nordic in 2014 and has been working with HW design in IC development since then. Besides her position as an engineer, she is also leading the Digital Design Discipline team which is responsible for the methodology used by all digital designers at Nordic. Anja studied Electrical Engineering in Karlsruhe University, Germany and at NTNU, Trondheim and has a PhD degree from the University of Twente, The Netherlands.

Current holdings in the company: 433 shares and 275 RSUs.

Jon Helge Nistad

Jon Helge Nistad - Employee elected

Board member since 2017
Jon Helge Nistad has a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from NTNU in Trondheim. Jon Helge has been employed in Nordic Semiconductor since 2006, where he has gained experience in application development, embedded software design and project management. He is currently working as a Senior R&D engineer in Nordic Semiconductor.

Current holdings in the company: 749 shares and 418 RSUs.

Gro Fykse, Employee elected in Board of Directors

Gro Fykse - Employee elected

Board member since 2022
Gro Fykse has a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from NTNU in Trondheim. In 2017, she started at Nordic Semiconductor as a Sr. Project Manager. Since 2018, Gro has been leading Nordic’s System Architecture Group. Gro has 15 years of experience from Atmel Corporation in different roles ranging from chip design, product engineering, program management, team management and QA management. In addition to over twenty years of experience from the semiconductor business, she worked as a QA & Project Director at Norbit ASA.

Current holdings in the company: 1 146 shares and 598 RSUs.

Morten Dammen

Morten Dammen - Employee elected

Board member since 2019
Morten Dammen has a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from NTNU in Trondheim. Morten has been employed in Nordic Semiconductor since 2001, with a seven-year break between 2007 and 2014. Morten is currently working as a Senior Project Manager in IC development. Morten has also been working in Q-Free ASA for 10 years, in several positions from project management, team management to VP R&D.

Current holdings in the company: 1 953 shares and 1 108 RSUs.