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The minds behind the machines

We’re making industrial data more valuable than ever. Empowering human users with data-driven insights. And driving the digital industrial revolution on a global scale.

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The Cognite team includes the best software engineers, data scientists, designers, game developers, 3D developers, domain experts, and commercial professionals in the business.


Our mission

The key to industrial digitalization lies in data liberation. Heavy-asset industries like oil and gas, shipping, manufacturing, and power and utilities already have the data. Now they need software to collect, clean, and contextualize the data. A resource to transform the data into information and to stimulate a thriving ecosystem of industrial applications.

Cognite Data Fusion (CDF) presents a digital representation of industrial reality to make it accessible and meaningful for humans and machines.

With CDF, our industrial customers can harness the potential of advanced analytics, deploy algorithms, and build customized applications. We make it possible to maximize the strategic value of data. Realizing the promise of digitalization.

Our story

Cognite is geared up for the impending big data boom.

In less than 15 years, there will be more than 50 billion physical assets and machines connected to the internet. More than 7 billion internet users. The growth of data will be exponential. The potential value of data will explode.

The challenge will be to harness the energy of such rapid progress, while ensuring data integrity and security. Finding innovative ways to connect data. Collaborating with data to increase opportunities for innovation. Dynamic data handling will become a competitive advantage across the value chain.

Cognite was founded in 2016 to meet the demands of industrial digitalization. Today, Cognite Data Fusion is revolutionizing the workflows of industrial customers worldwide. We believe data must be made accessible, insightful, and open. And we continue to develop our platform to make this vision a reality.


Our leaders

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Dr. John Markus Lervik

John Markus is CEO and co-founder of Cognite. He is one of Norway's best-known tech entrepreneurs. In 1997, he co-founded Fast Search & Transfer (FAST), where he served as CTO until 2001, then as CEO through Microsoft´s acquisition of the company in 2008. He held the position of Corporate Vice President of Enterprise Search at Microsoft until 2009. In 2010, John Markus founded Cxense ASA, a software company listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange in 2014. He holds an MSc from the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH), and a PhD from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), where he was awarded the Esso prize for best overall PhD in 1996/97.

Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer
Geir Engdahl

Geir runs the R&D department, leading the development of Cognite Data Fusion. In 2011, Geir founded Snapsale, a machine learning classifieds startup. He served as CEO/CTO of Snapsale until Schibsted acquired the company in 2017. Before that, he spent three years working as a senior software engineer for Google in Canada. His team focused on machine learning for AdWords and AdSense, resulting in the Conversion Optimizer product. Geir holds an MSc in Computational Science from the University of Oslo.

Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Dr. Paula Doyle

Paula has spent the past 15 years working in a variety of roles within the oil and gas industry for companies such as ABB and Siemens, including in Norway and the Middle East. Paula is a champion of digitalization, particularly the challenge of transforming data into useful information and the value it can unlock for companies in heavy-asset industries. At Cognite, she is known as a mentor, a voice for diversity and gender equality, and an advocate for data sharing between partners (and even competitors!). Paula has a Ph.D. in industrial automation from the University of Limerick.

Senior Vice President of Customer Success
Andrzej Golebiowski

Andrzej leads the commercialization efforts of Cognite and Cognite Data Fusion. He began his career with a move to Africa in 2006, where he spent three years working with humanitarian issues on behalf of the United Nations. In 2009, Andrzej joined McKinsey, where he focused on oil and gas and the power sector. Then he went to work for Scatec Solar, leading the company's growth strategy in Sub-Saharan Africa, as Vice President for Project Development and as Country Manager for the South African office. Andrzej holds an MSc in Industrial Economics and Technology Management from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Senior Vice President of Engineering & Product
Fredrik Holm

Fredrik leads Cognite’s Engineering Division, a world-class team of Software Engineers, Product Managers, and Designers. Before joining Cognite in 2018, Fredrik spent more than two decades in software engineering, including leadership positions in a number of high-profile companies, most recently Microsoft.

Senior Vice President of Industry Applications
Anette Holtedahl

Anette has worked in the technology industry for nearly 20 years and has experience from a number of leadership positions related to software development, strategy, and transformation. At Cognite, she leads the Industry Applications team, which focuses on developing products that enable industrial companies to work more efficiently and sustainably. Anette is passionate about building technology that delivers real impact and applying digital tools to solve real-world problems. She has a Masters degree in Technology Management from NTNU.

Senior Vice President of People & Organization
Elise Sendstad

Elise has the overall responsibility for People and Organization in Cognite. She delivers HR operations and the continuous development of the Cognite team. Elise has spent the last 11 years working with knowledge-intensive organizations, both in the private and public sector. Most recently, Elise worked with Innovation Norway, where she was responsible for organization and leadership development. Previously, she worked in Telenor Norway as Head of Strategic HR Development. Elise holds an Executive Master’s degree from Copenhagen Business School in Leadership and Innovation in Complex systems. She is an educated Kaospilot from the Academy in Århus and also holds a degree in Organizational Sociology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Chief Financial Officer
Thomas Falck

Thomas is CFO and Head of SaaS Strategy and Execution at Cognite. He is a professional board member, an investor, and a longtime supporter of technology-based growth companies. In addition to extensive board experience from several SaaS companies, Thomas is the former CEO of Q-Free ASA and Visma Marine ASA, and former group partner of Verdane Capital (Four Seasons Venture). He also served as a Submarine officer, and he was a Principal Consultant with Gemini Consulting. Thomas is a graduate of the Norwegian Naval Academy and also holds an MBA from Darden at the University of Virginia, USA. He also attended the Commanding Officers Course at the Norwegian Defence University College in Oslo, as well as courses at both Singularity University and Harvard Business School.

Senior Vice President of Corporate Development
Petter Ulset

Petter focuses on scaling Cognite’s offering beyond oil and gas into other asset-intensive verticals. He also heads the company's strategy and M&A functions. Previously, as an Investment Manager with Aker ASA, Petter was Aker ASA’s representative in Cognite's founding team. Prior to that, he was a Junior Partner with McKinsey & Company, working primarily in the energy industry. Petter holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Economics and Technology Management from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Co-Founder & Chief Solutions Officer
Stein H. Danielsen

Stein is responsible for applications and solutions built on top of Cognite Data Fusion. Over the last 25 years, he has worked for a number of companies, including Scala Computer Television, Fast Search & Transfer, and Microsoft. His multi-faceted experience in the software industry has taken him from search, real-time systems, and 3D graphics to large-scale data and transaction systems and beyond. Prior to joining Cognite, Stein was Chief Architect at Cxense ASA, where he was responsible for maintaining product interoperability, synergy, and user experience across the company’s software portfolio. He holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

President Cognite North America
Dr. Francois Laborie

Francois runs Cognite's operation in North America, including offices in Houston and Austin, Texas. Previously, he managed Cognite’s overall marketing activities, including product marketing and the Cognite partner network, as Chief Marketing Officer. He spent the preceding 11 years with software company Vizrt, where he served as COO and CCO, responsible for all commercial and operational activities. Before that, Francois managed research projects on collective decision making and human-computer interface at the Airbus Group Corporate Research Center. He holds masters degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from the National Institute of Applied Sciences and his PhD from the Toulouse Computer Science Research Institute.

President Cognite Japan
Nori Tokusue

Nori runs Cognite's operations in Japan. He began his career at IBM Japan, served as both executive director and board member of PWC (PriceWaterhouse Consulting) Japan, and then as the first president of PeopleSoft Japan, which he successfully grew from one person to over 200 people in just five years. Nori was president of Fast Search and Transfer Japan until Microsoft acquired the company in 2008, after which he served as Executive Officer of Microsoft Japan in charge of enterprise search. Before coming to Cognite, he took care of Pivotal Software Japan’s start-up operations and then served as the first President of Workday Japan. Nori holds a Master of Science degree in computer science from Stanford University.

Senior Vice President Operations Cognite North America
Trygve Rønningen

Trygve oversees the day-to-day operation of Cognite North America. Before this, he served as CEO for Cenium, a global software provider for the hospitality industry, from 2011 to 2017. Trygve spent the preceding 15 years in the U.S., first working with IFS, a global ERP provider, and then with FAST/Microsoft, where he focused on search technology. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the Norwegian Business School (BI).

Head of Industry Solutions
Ole Christian Røed

Ole Christian is responsible for Cognite’s Industry Solutions team. Previously, he worked in McKinsey & Company for five years, focusing on digitalization within oil and gas, energy, and other asset-heavy industries. His experience includes digital strategy support, as well as definition and implementation of advanced analytics solutions for clients in Europe, Asia, and the U.S.. Ole Christian holds an MSc in Physics and Mathematics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and an MBA from INSEAD.


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