Evidi hires Erlend Bjorstad as Commercial Director

Evidi continues its growth journey and is now strengthening the team with the appointment of Erlend Bjorstad, who brings with him several years of valuable commercial management experience. Bjorstad assumes the role of CEO with special responsibility for strategic and commercial growth initiatives. Bjorstad comes from a leadership role at SAS Institute, where he has worked widely with growth in both Norway and the Nordic region in recent years. He also has several years of commercial management experience at Microsoft.

Andrine Paulsrud

Jørn Seglem (left), Erlend Bjorstad (middle) and Lars Yngvar Tømmerholt (right)

Facts

A passionate dedication

In addition to a broad commercial management experience, Bjorstad has for many years shown a great commitment to exploring and creating creative partnerships and business opportunities. He also has extensive experience as a sparring partner for various business leaders.

I am passionate about my work. It's not just about delivering, but also about challenging and developing myself and those close to me. Ambitions and intentions thrive well in an open landscape, and a transparent approach ensures that everyone involved understands the direction we want to move towards. My experience is that those around us, both internally and externally, will help influence the journey. This will yield results, says Bjørstad.

Creative, result-oriented capacity

Evidi is trying to expand its service portfolio and strengthen its value proposition towards customers and partners. With his experience, Bjorstad will be a valuable addition to the commercial management team in the work to create growth across a wide range, but also to help accelerate individual initiatives.

Success in digital transformation with product development and service optimization, understanding business challenges and opportunities in a risk/value context, not only for us, but also for our partners and their customers and users. Technology plans must be followed by culture plans. I believe that activating people is just as crucial as implementing technologies to achieve good results, and I find that Evidi shares this view, says Bjorstad.

Reflects the values

CEO of Evidi, Jørn Seglem, is looking forward to having Bjorstad on board and believes that he will be an important capacity in the business' continued growth. Seglem particularly emphasizes Bjorstad's values, which are in line with what the business stands for and represents, by being a specialist who takes responsibility. When Erlend recently chose to leave SAS Institute to seek new challenges and develop, Evidi seized the opportunity.

With a carefree curiosity encompassing people, societal issues and technology, Erland proves to be a formidable capability. He gets through issues and frictions to get value and brings with him an invaluable experience with internal analysis and AI, accumulated by a leading player in the market. Erlend's perspective and impact in business development will undoubtedly accelerate growth in Evidi, says Seglem.

Lars Yngvar Tømmerholt, Chief Commercial Officer at Evidi, believes that it is very exciting to welcome a capacity like Erlend. He says that with Bjørstad's background, it is natural that he will work closely with Evidi's service development and growth strategy around business insight and AI services.

Evidi will be a strategic partner for our customers. So, we must be curious about the customer's business and be able to see the opportunities that lie in technology. With his strategic head and experience, Erlend is a very welcome resource to help us ensure that we keep our customer promises. I have worked with Erlend before and am really looking forward to seeing Erlend on the Evidi journey, concludes Tømmerholt.

About Evidi

Evidi's unified competence and technology platform enables the business to continuously evolve and innovate – innovatively, securely, and cost-effectively. The interaction between people, business processes and technology create better businesses that can seize opportunities.

Evidi possesses holistic expertise in consulting, change management, development, implementation, and maintenance of critical business applications such as ERP, CRM, data- and integration platforms, as well as data modelling and analysis. This makes Evidi Norway's most complete provider of products and services with Microsoft technology at its core.

50% of the employees are co-owners of Evidi in cooperation with Credo Partners as active owner and shareholder. Overall, the business had a turnover of MNOK 530 in 2022. Credo Partners is a Norwegian investment business that scales up companies in partnership with investors and founders. The business has 410 employees in offices in Oslo, Asker, Bergen, Halden, Sandnes, Sarpsborg, Stavanger, Tønsberg, Copenhagen, Odense, Aarhus and Ahmedabad.

Ranja Pedersen Ovedal, CMO Evidi
ranja.ovedal@evidi.com