Per-Olof Schroeder

Per-Olof Schroeder

Chief Executive Officer, StormGeo Group, Bergen

Drives StormGeo’s business transformation (Vision 2020) to solidify and build on world leading positions in global industries such as Shipping, Oil & Gas, and Renewable Energy, while capitalizing on emerging growth opportunities in other attractive areas like the Aviation, Media and Insurance markets.

“I am inspired by the mission to turn StormGeo into a high performance organization by devising and implementing a compelling strategy supported by coherent organization and processes, enabled by modern technology, and underpinned by a winning culture and a pervasive growth mindset.”

Per-Olof’s Story

“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose part of oneself” – Søren Kierkegaard

“The above quote in many ways encapsulates what I believe sits at the heart of effective leadership: without the courage to seek out unfamiliar ground and take on a measure of risk, it is very hard to create and sustain a high performance culture inside any organization. This is particularly true for an organization aiming to excel in a fast-moving, high-tech environment.”

In 2017, Per-Olof was appointed the new CEO of StormGeo. With a strong background in the software, services and cognitive computing industries, Per-Olof is well placed to ensure that StormGeo remains at the forefront of technology in decision support and weather intelligence.

Per-Olof formerly led the Applications & Services Business Group in Microsoft Western Europe, with a primary responsibility for the Productivity and Business Process Segment and associated cloud computing services. Prior to Microsoft, he held several executive roles with IBM Global Services EMEA, including Managing Principal & Director with IBM UK, and Country Manager within IBM Global Services in Sweden. Before joining IBM, Per-Olof spent six years at strategy and technology consultants Arthur D. Little, working out of the firm’s offices in London, Brussels, and Riyadh.

“At StormGeo, we have quite literally found ourselves in the ‘eye of the storm’ with significant upheaval in the aftermath of the 2008 recession, most particularly with many of our customers in the Shipping and Oil & Gas industries, many of whom just recently returned to sustainable profitability. Staying the course and going the extra mile to maintain and grow market share has taken effort, determination, and grit from our team. Looking at 2018 and beyond, as our core markets gradually recover, our ambition is to remain at the vanguard of industry innovation across our traditional strengths in the MetOcean field while simultaneously capitalizing on new opportunities with modern data science.”

Recent research

  • Public-Private Innovation Partnerships and Smart Cities. Submitted a PhD research proposal at the United Nations University in Maastricht (UNU-MERIT), May 2017. The research study proposes to examine the role of Public-Private Innovation Partnerships in Smart City Development within the Nordic Region. This research will be put on hold while Per-Olof carries out his term as CEO.
  • International Relations. Authored a series of articles and papers on foreign policy, human security, and international politics while attending the Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP) at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy during 2014.

Expertise

Business Strategy Design & Implementation; Industry Restructuring and Transformation; Cloud Computing; Digital Marketing; M&A including valuation and post-merger integration.

Conferences

Schroeder, Per Olof. “Making the Data Talk: Applying Data Science to Drive Operational Excellence”, Keynote address at Global Liner Shipping Conference, Hamburg, 15–16 May 2018

Education

A graduate of Texas A&M University (Petroleum Engineering) and the London Business School (MBA), Per-Olof also obtained a Master of Arts degree at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University. He is a member of the GMAP Advisory Council at the Fletcher School, and delivered the commencement address to the July 2016 graduating class.

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