New leadership team appointed
Patrizia Venturelli Christensen and Mads Ehlers Rasmussen appointed as co-CEOs to lead SMT Data’s continued growth.
SMT Data is undergoing a rapid development. The significant growth in both revenue and profit, which has been achieved in 2021, proves that the company’s strategy is having positive effects.
“The appointments, during the last couple of years of Patrizia Venturelli Christensen, with main focus on sales and marketing, and Mads Ehlers Rasmussen, within the areas of DevOps and consulting, have been part of the strategic efforts following the implementation of the Dreams & Details (D&D)-inspired leadership model, introduced in 2019. – says Nils Kierkegaard, Chairman of the Board at SMT Data. “SMT Data has been successful for many years but, as the D&D model points out, in a rapidly changing environment, it is important to reinvent yourself while you are successful. Leadership is, of course, a crucial element of such a journey and the Board of Directors has decided that the time is right to lead the company with strong and diverse competences.” says Nils Kierkegaard.
During the past financial year, SMT Data’s software solutions have been further developed and strengthened with the addition, among others, of data science technology applications. New large international customers have been added to the SMT Data customers’ list. Last but not least, the organization is growing in terms of highly qualified competences, among others with the recent addition of Mads Christoffersen as CFO, Ingrid Martin as Sales Executive in the DACH Region, and Valérie Fauchon, as new part of SMT Data’s international marketing team.
Nils Kierkegaard, who took over the CEO position in January 2018 to be at the forefront of the company’s development, is stepping back into his previous role as Chairman of the Board. Patrizia Venturelli Christensen and Mads Ehlers Rasmussen are appointed as co-CEOs.
“No one person has all the skills and competences needed to lead a growing company in highly disruptive times. – says Nils Kierkegaard – Patrizia and Mads will, in collaboration with myself, the rest of the Board of Directors, and the entire SMT Data Dream-Team, be responsible for SMT Data’s future development. Patrizia has previous CEO experience and a solid background in international sales and marketing. Mads has a background from IT in large companies, where he has both as CTO and CDO had focus on the digital agenda. At SMT Data, we believe that diversity is increasing the level of innovation and the overall competitive advantage of a company. We believe that Mads and Patrizia, being two very different persons with different cultural backgrounds, are a perfect combination to achieve our strategic objectives.”
The change in the leadership team was pre-announced internally at the recently held Kick Off, and is effective immediately.
‘As a company, we have a motto: “What our customers achieve is our inspiration”. I have no doubt that with Patrizia and Mads as co-CEOs, we will be able to deliver even more value to even more customers around the world’ says Nils Kierkegaard.
For more information, contact Nils Kierkegaard.