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THE MINDS BEHIND THE MACHINE

We’re setting the standard for the industrial data platform. Developing software to empower the digital industrial revolution on a global scale.

We've collected the best software engineers, data scientists, designers, game developers, 3D developers, and commercial professionals in the business.

OUR MISSION

The key to industrial digitalization lies in data liberation. Heavy asset industries like Oil & Gas, Shipping, and Utilities already have the data. Now they need a powerful platform to collect, clean, and contextualize the data. A resource to transform the data into information, to stimulate a thriving ecosystem.

The Cognite Data Platform presents a digital representation of industrial reality to make it accessible and meaningful for humans and machines.

With the CDP, 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 fifteen 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, the Cognite Data Platform 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.

Meet the team

Our Leaders

Dr. JOHN MARKUS LERVIK
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Dr. JOHN MARKUS LERVIK

John Markus is in charge of the strategic direction of Cognite. He co-founded Fast Search & Transfer (FAST) in 1997. The same year, he received the Esso prize for best overall PhD for his thesis at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). John Markus served as CTO and then as CEO at FAST until Microsoft acquired the company in 2008. He then took the position of 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.

GEIR ENGDAHL
Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer

GEIR ENGDAHL

Geir runs the R&D department, leading development of the Cognite Data Platform. 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.

ANDRZEJ GOLEBIOWSKI
Chief Commercial Officer

ANDRZEJ GOLEBIOWSKI

Andrzej leads the commercialization efforts of Cognite and the Cognite Data Platform. 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).

STEIN H. DANIELSEN
Co-Founder & Chief Solutions Officer

STEIN H. DANIELSEN

Stein is responsible for applications and solutions built on the Cognite Data Platform. 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).

Dr. FRANCOIS LABORIE
Chief Marketing Officer

Dr. FRANCOIS LABORIE

Francois manages Cognite’s overall marketing activities, including Product Marketing, and builds the Cognite partner network. He spent the preceding eleven 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 master’s degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from the National Institute of Applied Sciences and his PhD from the Toulouse Computer Science Research Institute.

OLE CHRISTIAN RØED
Vice President of Products

OLE CHRISTIAN RØED

Ole Christian is responsible for Cognite’s product and production roadmap. 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.

ELISE SENDSTAD
Head of Human Resources

ELISE SENDSTAD

Elise has the overall responsibility for People and Organization in Cognite. She delivers HR operations and continuous development of the Cognite team. Elise has spent the last eleven 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).

TRYGVE RØNNINGEN
Chief Operating Officer

TRYGVE RØNNINGEN

Trygve oversees the day-to-day operation of Cognite. Before this, he served as CEO for Cenium, a global software provider for the Hospitality Industry, from 2011 to 2017. Trygve spent the preceding fifteen 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).

ERLEND HØIE
Financial Manager

ERLEND HØIE

Erlend runs the finance and accounting functions at Cognite. Previously, he spent seven years with PwC, primarily focused on audit and advisory services for multinational companies engaged in process industry and retail. Erlend holds a Master in Auditing and Accounting from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) and a Master of Business Administration from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU).

PETTER ULSET
Head of Corporate Development

PETTER ULSET

Petter focuses on scaling Cognite’s offering beyond Oil & 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).

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