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USA

Chris Alagna

Chris Alagna is the Business Unit Executive for Columbus US. Chris joined Columbus in 2019 and comes with more than 20 years of business consulting industry leadership, digital transformation expertiese and executive management experience from companies such as Hitachi Solutions, Avanade and IBM. Most recently Chris was Senior Vice President and General Manager for Hitachi Solutions business in the Western U.S. and Consulting Leader for North America.

Chris is driven by enabling growth in people and customers, developing talented professionals into leaders. He also is passionate about giving back to the community, serves on a board and volunteers his time in various organizations supporting the homeless and military veterans. Chris has a bachelor of Science from Northern Illinois University and Execetive Leadership training from Harvard Business School.
NORWAY

Erling

Erling Schjetne is the Business Unit Executive for Columbus Norway. He started working for iStone (now Columbus) in 2014 and has held the position as Head for Columbus´ Commerce operation in Norway, building it from scratch since 2014. He also initiated and built Columbus’ operation in Poland serving as managing director in Columbus Poland for 2 years.

Erling has more than 25 years of experience in the IT industry with various sales & management positions in companies such as Unisys, Hands, Software Innovation, WebOn and iStone.

DENMARK

Steen Hybschmann

Steen Hybschmann is the Business Unit Executive for Denmark. He joined Columbus in 2010. Steen has more than 20 years of international experience delivering advanced IT solutions. Steen has a ME from the Technical University of Denmark and also an MBA from Copenhagen Business School.

Previous positions:

VP Service, Mondo, 2008-2010
Nordic Operations Director, SAP Consulting, 2002-2008
IT Director, JAI, 2000-2002

Sweden

Markus Jakobson

Markus Jakobson is the Business Unit Executive for Columbus Sweden. Markus was previously Nordic manager at Intentia Consulting Sweden AB and has held several positions in management, marketing and sales at Intentia and IBM Svenska AB.

Commerce

Andreas Olldén

Andreas is the Business Unit Executive for Commerce with a specialization in Digital Strategy. Andreas has built the business from scratch and is currently leading a team of 140 specialists - one of the Nordic countries largest consulting businesses in this expansive area. Andreas has a background as CIO at Systemair AB and consultant manager at Intentia Consulting Sweden AB.

Microsoft Dynamics Sweden

Lena Ridström

Lena Ridström is the Business Unit Executive for Microsoft Dynamics, Sweden. Lena has more than 25 years of leadership experience from the IT industry. Lena holds a Master of Science in Business Administration as well as an Information Technology degree from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Previous roles include CEO of Primelog Software AB. Previously, she has been CEO of UnitedLog Group, founder of Axido Consulting and Sales Director at IFS Sweden.

M3

Lars Steen

Lars is the Business Unit Executive for M3. Lars has a background as CIO, IT and business consultant and has extensive experience from leading roles within SYSteam (now EVRY).

Russia

Denis Storozhenko

Denis started working in Columbus Russia in 2000 as a consultant and then took the role of head of consulting business. He worked for the company for 12 years to manage large projects in retail, distribution and manufacturing.

Denis has been involved in the recruitment and development of consultants and project managers. He has actively contributed to the creation of industry-specific methods and innovative solutions, especially with the development of Columbus retail solutions. Before Denis joined Columbus, he worked as Regional Manager at Yota Networks (a global leader in the LTE sector).

Baltics

Ivo Suursoo

Ivo is the head of the Columbus Baltics and has worked for the company since 1997. He has 19 years of experience in the IT industry. His main focus areas are management of staff and structuring the business to meet customer needs. Ivo has a Bachelor degree in Economics.

Previous positions: CEO of Local IT Infrastructure Max123, 1992-1997

Columbus Global Delivery

Kapil Mishra

Kapil heads Columbus Global Delivery and has been part of Columbus since 2012, laying essential foundations for future success. With over 24 years of global leadership experience spanning Manufacturing, Distribution, and IT Consulting industries, Kapil brings considerable internal and external expertise to the role. In his role, he is responsible for driving the adoption of Global Delivery for Columbus and its customers, incubate new capabilities, and ensure growth in the Global Delivery centers.

Kapil holds a master’s degree in industrial engineering from the National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai, India.

United Kingdom

Chris Mean

Chris Mean is the Business Unit Executive for Columbus UK.  He has worked at Columbus since 2005.

Chris has over 20 years of international experience in business and technology transformation projects and is driven by delivering value to Customers.

He holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and has a strong background in process, manufacturing and program management.

Previous Positions:

Chief Operating Officer, Columbus UK, 2018-2019

Consultancy Director, Columbus UK, 2005-2017

Ford Motor Company, 1998 -2005

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