Contributor at Seeking Alpha
American living in Norway
2015 - Current
I write professionally (evenings and weekends), covering export oriented Norwegian companies, listed on the Oslo Børs. My stories average over 3500 words, including extensive financial analysis and models. Moreover, I have interviewed CEOs, company officers and lead engineers, developing my own content and analysis. * Editors Pick: Thin Film Electronics and Nordic Semiconductor. * PRO: Kongsberg Gruppen and Bebe Stores * Articles: Ekornes Furniture, Tomra Systems, SalMar and Photocure. Published articles: http://seekingalpha.com/author/alex-in-oslo/articles (registration required). http://www.circusbazaar.com/norway-silent-crisis/ http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-12-31/darkness-falls-upon-norway%E2%80%99s-key-figures-going-2016 http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-01-31/norwegian-gold-allocation-would-counter-sovereign-incompetence-risk http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-03-12/norway%E2%80%99s-interest-rate-conundrum Seeking Alpha has over 3 million registered users and 8 million unique visitors monthly. Zero Hedge has ca. 3 million unique visitors monthly.
Secana Department Manager (Avdelingsleder)
2013 - Current
Secana is rules based credit card fraud prevention software both installed as a license and SaaS (Software as a Service) used by 111+ banks in over 15 countries. * Program Management: managing multiple projects simultaneously that reshape the culture, technology and work environment for international growth. * Strategy: converting from a licensed product to Software as a Service (SaaS) using cloud hosting. * Team Building and Leadership: personally recruited & interviewed (hand-picked with colleagues) software engineering and project management talent. The team is distributed between Oslo, Mo i Rana, Kyiv & Bangalore. * Internal Relationship Building: successfully merged our group into the greater corporate IT organization to reduce overheads while improving scalability and market reach. * Process Improvement & Standardization: managing the implementation of disciplines and controls for methodical software development (Lean, Agile, Scrum, JIRA tools etc). Our JIRA methodology was recognized as a best practice in a recent audit. * Relationship and Contract Management with regular visits to Nordic & European Clients. Client include major financial institutions and card processors. * Business Development: expanding our business into India and continental Europe. * Internal vendor contract and project management for skilled services (Perl, Java, DB2, Oracle & MySQL). Working closely with onshore, near-shore and off-shore teams to achieve greater results. * MC/Host of EVRY Nordic Fraud (Prevention) Conference 2013 in Oslo, Norway. * Certified Scrum Master and overseeing development of Scrum methodology for distributed teams. * Leading the development of a performance dashboard, linking critical end-user metrics to software development and operations team. * Finance: business models and reporting, budget management, business proposals, project charters and P&L management.