Columbus has appointed Erling Schjetne as Managing Director of its Norwegian business. Erling Schjetne will lead Columbus’ growth strategy in Norway with focus on strengthening its market position, improve customer satisfaction and develop the organization.
Copenhagen, Denmark, 20 April 2020: Erling Schjetne will lead the growth of Columbus’ market share in Norway, thus helping Columbus Norway become a market leader in business-led digital transformation.
Erling Schjetne takes over after Tor Arnstorp, who has decided to step down to meet the retirement life and work less. Erling Schjetne will start in his new role 1 May 2020.
Erling Schjetne will focus on growing the Norwegian business by focusing on driving increased customer value and satisfaction through digital leadership, improved customer experience and creating the best place to work for our employees.
“Erling Schjetne is an experienced leader who has strong experience in building, growing and leading a services organization. We have a strong team in Norway, and with Erling at the helm, I am convinced that we will grow our business to become a market leader within digitalization in Norway”, says CEO in Columbus, Thomas Honoré.
Erling Schjetne comes from a position as Head of Commerce in Columbus Norway and has a proven track record of growing the Commerce business in Norway for the past six years. Combined with his digital commerce expertise, Erling has strong leadership skills and a customer-oriented approach that will help drive the continued progress of the Norwegian business unit.
“I am very excited to take on this great opportunity. Columbus has such a great potential in the Norwegian market, and with our great employees with unique and bleeding edge knowledge within ERP and Digital Commerce, it makes us uniquely positioned to take a holistic approach to our customers’ digital transformation journey and help them become more relevant, responsive and competitive in the age of Customer Experience. What we have learned these last difficult weeks is that Digital commerce and Digitalization is more important than ever before. Being appointed to lead such an exciting growth mission is a dream coming true for me. I can’t wait to get started“, says Erling Schjetne.
Erling Schjetne joined Columbus (former iStone) in 2014 building a strong team of more than 60 commerce experts across Norway and Poland. Erling Schjetne has more than 20 years of experience from the IT services and consulting industry with leadership and sales positions prior to Columbus and iStone, in Bluestone, Software Innovation ASA and Hands.
Columbus holds a market leading position within Microsoft Dynamics and Digital Commerce and M3 in the Nordics with business units in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. With Erling Schjetne at the helm in Norway, Columbus strengthens its Nordic business, thus increasing the Nordic market footprint and market share significantly, comprising more than 2,000 specialists. Columbus Norway has close to 200 employees in offices in Oslo, Trondheim, Tønsberg, Kristiansand, Bergen and Hyderabad (India).
Columbus is a global IT services and consulting company with more than 1,600 employees serving 1,100 customers worldwide. Columbus helps ambitious companies to maximize, transform and futureproof their business digitally. Columbus’ innovative solutions and services portfolio 9 Doors to Digital Leadership® delivers end-to-end digital solutions like cloud ERP, Digital Commerce, Data & Analytics, and Application Management that address the lifecycle and sustainability demands of the retail, distribution, food, and manufacturing industries. Columbus was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Denmark with offices and partners all over the world, delivering solutions and services locally—on a global scale.
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