Leadership


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Arne ØyenMSc
Sonitor Technologies Group President and CEO

Mr. Øyen joined Sonitor in 2005 with an extensive background in software development for real time data acquisition and operational visibility. From 1997 to 2005, Mr. Øyen was employed by Schlumberger and led software development to build business applications for acquisition of seismic data to provide near real time, highly detailed views to manage project flow and identify bottlenecks on a worldwide basis. At the Kongsberg Group from 1990 to 1997, he developed software for large air defense and simulation systems, torpedo guidance and passive underwater acoustic systems. Prior to his current position, Mr. Øyen served as Executive Vice President, Systems and Customer Solutions and was involved with nearly all aspects of Sonitor's business, from engineering and software development to customer deployment and support. Mr. Øyen earned a Master's Degree in Engineering Cybernetics from the Norwegian Institute of Technology.


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Anne M. Bugge
President and CEO - Sonitor Technologies, Inc. 

Ms. Bugge joined Sonitor in 2014 with over 20 years in the medical technology industry holding executive positions in market development, investor relations, marketing, corporate communications and international sales. She helped to build companies from early stage through highly profitable acquisitions by global companies, including ATL Ultrasound, acquired by Philips and SonoSite, acquired by FujiFilm. Ms. Bugge received a BA in journalism from Michigan State University, continued academic studies at the University of Oslo, and completed the Executive Program at Stanford University, Graduate School of Business.


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Hannah Tofteberg
Sonitor Technologies Group Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Tofteberg joined Sonitor as Group Chief Financial Officer in 2017 and has nine years of business experience in high technology companies, including project management and product development. Throughout her career, she has worked with a wide variety of clients and collaboration partners including start-ups, SMEs (small-to-medium enterprises) and large-cap companies. Most recently, she was the CFO for Sampson, a biotechnology startup in London, UK. Ms. Tofteberg started her career at Siemens Medical Solutions and was a Research Scientist at SINTEF, Scandinavia's largest independent research organization. She is fluent in Swedish, English, German, French and Norwegian. Ms. Tofteberg received her Master's Degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Lund in Sweden and an MBA from Imperial College in the United Kingdom.


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Wilfred E. Booij, PhD
Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Booij joined Sonitor in 2006 as Chief Technology Officer. Since that time, he has led R&D for all Sonitor products, including Sonitor Sense™, the Company's latest generation platform and industry leading technology, from concept to a robust, industrialized product. Prior to Sonitor, Dr. Booij was a Senior Scientist at the Microsystems and Nanotechnology lab at SINTEF, Norway's leading industrial R&D organization, and was a senior engineer at Hewlett-Packard (later Agilent Technologies) in the UK. He earned his PhD in Physics from Cambridge University, UK, pioneering nano-scale superconducting digital devices.


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Sandra Rasmussen
Senior Vice President, Global Marketing and North America Sales

Ms. Rasmussen joined Sonitor in September 2015 with extensive business, sale and marketing experience. Prior to joining Sonitor, Ms. Rasmussen held key business and strategic roles at PerkinElmer Inc, where she was vice president of corporate marketing. She has over 25 years experience in product and strategic marketing and communications for high technology and healthcare industries. She holds a bachelor's degree in biology and a minor in mathematics from Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT, USA


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Svein Rostad
Senior Vice President Operations

Mr. Rostad has led Operations at Sonitor Technologies since 2009. He joined the Company in 2001 and previously worked for high tech companies such as the Kongsberg Group. He has worked in project manufacturing and quality management positions for more than 25 years. Areas of expertise include development and delivery project management.


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Endre Bakka, MSc.
Senior Vice President, Engineering

Mr. Bakka joined Sonitor in 2006 with extensive embedded firmware and project management experience. He has played a key role in the development of Sonitor's current and future products. Prior to joining Sonitor, Mr. Bakka held key technical and management positions for Data Respons, a consultant company specializing in embedded solutions, as well as the statistical division of UNICEF (United Nation's Children Fund) in New York. Mr. Bakka has a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the Norwegian Institute of Technology, Norway's premier engineering institution.


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Terje "Terry" Aasen
Senior Vice President, Business Development and Strategic Alliances

Mr. Aasen has held executive positions in operations, sales, marketing and business development in global healthcare, security, and IT related technology companies including Laerdal Medical, VingCard/Assa Abloy, and Siemens. He first joined Sonitor Technologies in 2005 and established and led the Company's business in North America until 2011. He rejoined Sonitor in early 2014. Mr. Aasen was born in Norway, received his business education degree in Germany and has lived most of his adult life in the United States.


Corporate Board of Directors

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Carl Christian Gilhuus-Moe, PhD
Chairman of the Board

Dr. Gilhuus-Moe is Chairman of the Board of Oslo Medtech, a group of hospital, finance, knowledge and research institutions focusing on medical technology (medtech) innovation that facilitates development of medtech products and services. He is a Senior Advisor of NeoMed Management, a Europe-based venture capital fund focused on international healthcare and medical technology. Dr. Gilhuus-Moe is Chairman of the Board of Respinor AS and NeoRad AS, and a Board Member of Removaid AS. He was Chairman of the Board for both SINTEF-Unimed (the Norwegian Institute of Technology) and the European Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standardization (ECCLS). He was the founding President and CEO of Dynal Biotech AS (now part of Thermo Fisher Inc.). Prior to that position, Dr. Gilhuus-Moe was a member of the executive group, Vice President and head of Hafslund-Nycomed ASA's diagnostic division (now part of Abbott Laboratories). These executive and strategic positions and service on the board of directors of other companies have allowed him to develop expertise in the deployment of strategic growth initiatives within the industry and bring valuable, external insight to our board and organization. Dr. Gilhuus-Moe trained at the Swedish Institute of Management, the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned his doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Oslo.


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Per Heidenreich

Mr. Heidenreich has a broad range of experience in shipping, logistics and IT. In 1984, he founded Heidmar Inc. which controlled approximately 100 oil tankers and had two subsidiaries in Texas in the oil service industry. In 2006, Mr. Heidenreich sold Heidmar to the Morgan Stanley private equity group. He currently serves as Chairman of Penfield Marine, a spin-off of Heidmar, and manages Heidenreich Enterprise LP, a family owned private equity company. He and his wife are active philanthropists through the Per and Astrid Heidenreich Family Foundation in Greenwich, Connecticut. These past innovative and entrepreneurial accomplishments contribute valuable experience to our board and organization. Born and educated in Norway, Mr. Heidenreich became a US citizen in 2005


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Fritz Heidenreich

Fritz Heidenreich is Founder & President of Q88 LLC, a privately owned company he established in 2006 and the leading SaaS provider to the maritime industry. Mr. Heidenreich is responsible for the technical innovations of their electronic documentation systems built for the tanker and dry bulk industries to facilitate sharing of operational information in an efficient and productive way. Over 75% of tankers worldwide are currently listed on the company's flagship platform, Q88.com.

Prior to Q88, Mr. Heidenreich was CIO of Heidmar Inc., a commercial tanker pool operator based in Norwalk, Connecticut. He spent 15 years with the company developing their internal voyage and pool management system. Mr. Heidenreich earned a bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado.


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Hans Thomas Holbye

Mr. Holbye is the Managing Director and CEO of Johs. Hansen Rederi AS. He was a Finance Manager at IBM Norway and CFO and Head of the Investment Division of the Torvald Klaveness Group. Mr. Holbye serves on several Norwegian company boards and brings additional, deep knowledge of finance and investment to the board and our organization. Mr. Holbye and holds an MSc Business and Administration at BI Norwegian Business School.


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Knut Sandven, MSc.

Mr. Sandven, an avid entrepreneur, is the founder and former CEO of GasSecure AS, developer of the world's first wireless optical gas detector for demanding industrial applications. In 2015, he led the successful sale of GasSecure to Dräger, a global leader in medical and safety technology. Mr. Sandven has gained broad technology and leadership experience from a variety of scientific companies and research institutions including Idex ASA, a Norwegian biometrics company, and SINTEF, one of Europe's largest independent research organizations. Mr. Sandven received his Master of Science degree in marine technology from the Norwegian University of Science & Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim and completed his master's thesis at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston.


Advisory Board

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Per Heidenreich
Chairman of the Board 

Mr. Heidenreich has a broad range of experience in shipping, logistics and IT. In 1984, he founded Heidmar Inc. which controlled approximately 100 oil tankers and had two subsidiaries in Texas in the oil service industry. In 2006, Mr. Heidenreich sold Heidmar to the Morgan Stanley private equity group. He currently serves as Chairman of Penfield Marine, a spin-off of Heidmar, and manages Heidenreich Enterprise LP, a family owned private equity company. He and his wife are active philanthropists through the Per and Astrid Heidenreich Family Foundation in Greenwich, Connecticut. These past innovative and entrepreneurial accomplishments contribute valuable experience to our board and organization. Born and educated in Norway, Mr. Heidenreich became a US citizen in 2005


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James W. Biondi, M.D.

James W. Biondi, M.D., serves as Executive Chairman of Cardiopulmonary Corp.  Dr. Biondi also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ivy Biomedical Systems, Inc. and served as a Director of Zoll Medical Corporation from 1997 to 2012.  Dr. Biondi holds a B.S. degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an M.D. degree from Albany Medical College, and received his training in Anesthesiology, Cardiac Anesthesia, Internal Medicine, and Pulmonary and Critical Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine and Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Biondi holds an Advanced Professional Director Certification from the American College of Corporate Directors.


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Aurelia Boyer

Ms. Boyer's 40-year health care career spans a wide range of roles including nursing, education, administration, consulting and information technology. She recently retired after 12 years as the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of New York Presbyterian Hospital and Health System where she joined in 1993 as Manager in Information Technology. A recognized expert and innovator in health care information technology, HIMSS named her as one of the most influential HIT Men and Women of the Year in 2015. Her practical and deep knowledge of clinical and health IT issues and challenges are a valuable addition to our board and organization. Ms. Boyer eared a BSN and MBA from the University of Michigan and an MSN from Wayne State University.


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Robert A. Chernow

Mr. Chernow is Founder and President of Educational Services for Entrepreneurship, a nonprofit organization assisting universities and small enterprises in shaping their entrepreneurship initiatives. Mr. Chernow has had a 40 year career in entrepreneurship and health care: he has served as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Norwalk Community College in Norwalk, CT; Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship and Clinical Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI); Senior Vice President and head of entrepreneurship at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; the Founder and President of two major health care IT companies, one domestic and one international (Corporate Health Strategies and World Specialists Online); President of two major health care companies (MetLife's Managed Care Group and The New York Presbyterian Health Care System); a Global Health Care Partner for PricewaterhouseCoopers, and a Peace Corps Volunteer in Brazil.

Mr. Chernow has been a guest lecturer at universities including MIT, Stanford, and the Harvard Business School, as well as the U.N. Business Council and the organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He earned a BA in Economics from Colgate University, and a MPH in Health Care Management from the University of California, Berkeley, and did his doctoral work in epidemiology and public health at Yale.


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James M. Cotter, JD

Mr. Cotter is a recognized mergers and acquisitions (M&A) expert and co-founded the investment management firm Breeden Capital Management.  He also served as vice chairman and partner at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, an international law firm headquartered in New York where his practice primarily focused on mergers and acquisition advisory work. Mr. Cotter previously served as a director of Zale Corporation, a New York Stock Exchange listed company and as president of the New York Law Institute. His M&A and legal experience bring essential insights to our board and organization. He received his AB degree from Fairfield University and his law degree from the University of Virginia.


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Per Grobstok

Mr. Grobstok is the founder of several companies including Økonomisk Literatur AS (ØL), a publishing company specializing in financial and business reference books for Scandinavia. He heads Service Invest AS, a family owned investment company. Additionally, he is Chairman of the Board of RIIS Group of Trondheim, as well as serving as a board member of a number of companies located in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, the UK and USA. Mr. Grobstok utilizes the expertise and knowledge that he has developed in founding and investing in companies as a member of our board. He earned his BA from Washington State University.


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Ole B. Hovind, MD
Founder

The founder of Sonitor Technologies, Dr. Hovind is a physician and earned a Master's degree in of Public Health from Harvard Medical School. He graduated from the Norwegian National Defense College in 1984 and served as a Major in the Norwegian Army. In addition to having worked as a family practice physician, he was Director of the Hospital Division in the Norwegian Department of Social Affairs. In this position, he had several international engagements through the World Health Organization as a lecturer and advisor. Dr. Hovind has been a member of the City Council of Oslo, and a City Counselor with responsibility for Health and Social Affairs. He was the Medical Director of Norway's largest private physician's clinic, Volvat Medical Center. Dr. Hovind served as the Chief Executive Officer of Sonitor Technologies AS from 1997 through 2006, and as Chairman of the Board from 2003 - 2013. Dr. Hovind's background in public health allow him to bring a keen understanding of the issues and opportunities in this area to our board and organization.


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Stephen Johnson

Mr. Johnson is a retired US attorney and consults on intellectual property (IP) matters from a strategic perspective. He is currently a Lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business primarily teaching courses to MBA students on how IP fits into business strategies and on technology licensing. Previously, Mr. Johnson was a senior partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and a founder of its New York and San Francisco offices. In addition, Mr. Johnson is a published author, and his book, The Economist Guide to Intellectual Property, was published during 2015. He received his BA and MA in Genetics at Cambridge University and his law degrees from College of Law, London, England and the IIT Chicago Kent College of Law in Chicago.


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Joe Toce

Mr. Toce is managing director of Andersen Tax, one of the largest independent tax and advisory firms in the US.  He has over 30 years of experience in advising private clients on a broad range of tax, financial and business matters. He has represented several of the largest family companies in the US on tax and estate planning matters and has substantial experience with charitable giving. His tax and financial knowledge bring valuable expertise to our board and organization.