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GROWTH

Growth is the foundation of all sustainable profitability.

Taking things apart (analysis) is pretty straight forward. Putting the pieces successfully together into a powerful and executable growth strategy requires leadership, insight, creativity and operational experience.

With more than 65 years combined CEO experience and hands on work on strategic analysis and implementation across more than 100 companies, XO Executive Advisors are trusted partners with companies having a combined turnover exceeding 100 billion NOK.

We get to the core business issues quickly and provide customised and practical approaches that lead to significant value creation – through growth.

Growth Themes

  • Corporate Strategy
  • Insight
  • Innovation
  • Brand Strategy
  • Sales Strategy
  • Leadership & Organisation

Torkild Nordberg

Partner
torkild.nordberg@xoadvisors.no
(+47) 928 44 333

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INGER JOHANNE SOLHAUG

Partner
inger.johanne.solhaug@xoadvisors.no
(+47) 928 96 947

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MARK JEFFREYS

Partner
mark.jeffreys@xoadvisors.no
(+47) 911 81 558

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HARTVIG JOHANNSON

Partner
hartvig.johannson@xoadvisors.no
(+47) 920 22 746

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ESKIL ZAPFFE

Partner
eskil.zapffe@xoadvisors.no
(+47) 928 44 279

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Torkild Nordberg

Partner XO

torkild.nordberg@xoadvisors.no

(+47) 928 44 333

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Over 20 years’ experience as Chairman and CEO in various companies.

Powerful top and bottom line development through organic and structural growth.

CEO Orkla Branded Consumer Goods and Member of Orklas Group Management from 2006 to 2012.

Important contributor to Orklas proprietary thinking around strategy and key value creation processes.

Long term board member in Jotun og SAPA.

Inger Johanne Solhaug

Partner XO

inger.johanne.solhaug@xoadvisors.no

(+47) 928 96 947

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Top executive positions across various companies for more than 15 years.

Executive Vice President and member of Orkla Group Executive Board.

Established and led Orklas internal Centre of Commercial Excellence with responsibility to strenghten the top line growth across Orkla Companies.

CEO Nidar 2008 – 2013 with solid growth and profitability development.

Mark Jeffreys

Partner XO

mark.jeffreys@xoadvisors.no

(+47) 911 81 558

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Long international experience as top executive in branded goods companies.

CEO Colgate-Palmolive Norway.

CEO Pepsi Norway / Sweden.

CEO Jordan.

Significant top line and profitability growth in all companies.

Turnaround Jordan.

Hartvig Johannson

Partner XO

hartvig.johannson@xoadvisors.no

(+47) 920 22 746

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Long experience as top executive and advisor in branded goods companies.

CEO Sætre from 2000- 2003, with 40% organic sales growth and strong profitability development.

CEO La Mote 2003-2005 – developed new Nordic business platform which lay the foundation for subsequent Pierre Robert Group success.

Director and advisor in Orklas Marketing & Sales unit – which has responsibility for growth initiatives and strengthening the Orkla groups competence in brand building, innovation and sales.

CHRISTOFFER JAHR

Partner XO

christoffer.jahr@xoadvisors.no

(+47) 934 47 451

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Top executive positions across various companies for more than 13 years.

CEO and Sales director in Sætre 2001-2010 with bottom line improvement in period over 6x.

CEO Orkla Biscuits Nordic 2010-2013 – established powerful new growth platform.

Central roles in the development of Sales, Category Management and Customer Strategy in the Orkla Group.

ESKIL ZAPFFE

Partner XO
eskil.zapffe@xoadvisors.no
(+47) 928 44 279

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25 years leadership experience from positions in several companies and functions across the value chain. Broad based skill set, covering B2B and B2C within technical services, logistics, production management, product development, marketing, sales and organizational development. Worked with both local and global markets. Group CEO Jøtul (Konsernsjef) 2014-2017. Turnaround to positive group-EBIT for the first time since 2010.

CEO Orkla Home and Personal Care 2009-2013. Turned three years consecutive downturn back to profitable growth and consistent increase in overall market shares. CEO
Lilleborg Professional 2001-2009. Turned three years consecutive downturn back to solid growth with 8% year-on-year growth in NSV, and 19,5% year-on-year growth in EBIT.

Works Director and Export Manager Ello 1997- 2001. Yearly progress on all main KPI’s. Won the Orkla Brands Growth Award during the period. Educated within industrial engineering (Siv. Ing), and has a Master’s degree within strategy and leadership.