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Management team

Øyvind Birkenes

CEO

Øyvind Birkenes is the Chief Executive Officer of Airthings. Birkenes brings over 20 years of industry experience, along with an overall passion for technology and innovation to create, plan and implement Airthings’ strategic direction and overall growth. Birkenes’ exceptional technical background earned him the title of CEO, where he is responsible for moving Airthings forward as the global leader in radon and Indoor Air Quality technology.

Previously, Birkenes held the role of General Manager for Low Power RF at Texas Instruments where he defined and executed the overall strategy to achieve the company’s growth and profitability targets. His combined experience and proven track record have positioned Birkenes as a top thought leader in the technology industry and Indoor Air Quality space.

Koki Yoshioka

COO

Koki Yoshioka is co-founder and COO at Airthings, where he oversees the day-to-day administrative and operational functions of the business. A resourceful problem solver with a trained eye for detail, Yoshioka has more than 20 years of experience in leadership positions.

In 2008, he co-founded Corentium, now Airthings, where he served as a Managing Director for eight years. Yoshioka has a Phd. in Electrical Engineering and experience in development of radiation detector systems from the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva.

Erlend Bolle

CPO

Erlend Bolle is the Chief Product Officer at Airthings, and one of the company’s founders. With over 20 years’ experience, Bolle specializes in system integration, project management, sensors, electronic, mechanical design and product development. As CPO of Airthings, he is responsible for overseeing existing and new product development of the company and is continuously looking for ways to bring Airthings’ solution to the next level. Under Bolle’s stewardship, Airthings has grown, expanding its product portfolio to not only include a host of consumer products that monitor radon, but products designed to help businesses and organizations take control of their Indoor Air Quality. His expertise and deep technical knowledge have provided Bolle with insight well beyond his years, establishing him as a thought leader in technology and Indoor Air Quality.

Lauren Pedersen

Chief Marketing Officer

Lauren Pedersen, CMO of Airthings, is passionate about building innovative technology brands into category leaders. Possessing a track record of proven success in the corporate world with technology and financial companies like Opera Software and Instabank, as well as in the advertising world with iconic agency giants Grey Worldwide and McCann Erickson, Lauren brought her dynamic blend of experience and leadership to Airthings upon joining the company in 2020.

Lauren’s primary responsibility as CMO is to lead both the business-to-consumer and business-to-business marketing and communications teams for Airthings. In this role, Lauren oversees cross-channel marketing strategies with a goal of growing international awareness of the brand and, in turn, driving consumer usage and sales for Airthings’ award-winning portfolio of smart indoor air quality solutions.

Erik Lundby

Chief Financial Officer

Erik Lundby is the Chief Financial Officer at Airthings where he is responsible for all of the company’s financial functions, including accounting, audit, corporate finance and investor relations.

Erik has a background as a Corporate and Equity Research Analyst at DNB, Norway's largest financial services group, and he served as CFO of Airtight before the company was acquired by Airthings. Erik has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from San Diego State University.

Pål Berntsen

VP & GM, Airthings for Business

Pål Berntsen wants to make your building smarter. As VP & GM of Airthings for Business, the arm of Airthings that focuses on tailored air quality solutions for buildings of all varieties, Pål’s core mission is to build the brand into the world-leading provider of indoor air quality monitoring. In his daily role, Pål is chiefly responsible for introducing Airthings’ suite of award-winning smart indoor air quality monitoring solutions to business leaders, property owners and facility managers with a mission to both improve the health of their occupants and reduce their company’s bottom line through customized cost-saving tactics. With buildings representing the single largest source of energy consumption in the world, at nearly 40%, efficiency should be top-of-mind for business owners. 

Pål joined Airthings in February 2019 and had an immediate impact on delivering value to Airthings’ business-driven solutions through establishing cross-channel relationships with a wide range of new partners and customers.

Torje Carlsson

VP & GM, Consumer Products

Torje Carlsson is the VP & GM of the Consumer Products division at Airthings. In his role, Torje is responsible for leading the business strategy for the consumer market. Torje started his career at Google, and later worked at several companies in the Schibsted Group, including E24, before joining Microsoft in 2014, where he held roles such as Country Manager Advertising & Online for the Norwegian market. Under Torje’s stewardship, as Director of Marketing, Microsoft Norway built a modern marketing organization that used the latest technology to have professional, measurable and scalable marketing communications. 

Before joining Airthings, Torje served as Digital Lead for Microsoft Western Europe HQ. Torje is a results-oriented, intelligent and pragmatic leader and has been named one of Norways’ top leadership talents in 2016. Torje has a Master of Science in Business and Economics from BI Norwegian Business School and a Bachelor of Commerce and International Business from University College Dublin.

Jonas Olsson

VP R&D, Hardware Products

Jonas Olsson is the VP R&D, Hardware Products at Airthings, where he leads the product development engineering efforts for the company. Jonas brings 15 years of experience in the IoT industry, working with low power wireless technologies, and 10 years of experience in the semiconductor Industry. Before joining Airthings, Jonas served as Applications Director at Texas Instruments, leading the global SimpleLink Applications organisation supporting customers with various MCUs, Wi-Fi, BLE, ZigBee, thread and sub-1GHz technologies. Olsson also served as Site Manager for the Texas Instruments site in Oslo, Norway. Jonas has a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Bachelor’s degree in Computer Electrical Engineering both from the University of Linköping in Sweden.

Alexander Sagen

VP R&D, SW Solutions

Alexander Sagen is the VP R&D, Software Solutions at Airthings. In his role, Alexander is responsible for driving the company’s software development efforts, ensuring alignment with the business objectives. Before joining Airthings, Alexander worked at Schibsted Media Group and Finn. Alexander has a Master’s in IT, Software Engineering, and Distributed Systems from Monash University and a Bachelor’s degree in Programming from the Norwegian School of Information Technology.

Investor relations contact

Erik Lundby

Investor Relations/CFO

IR@airthings.com
Nora Perez

Press contact

press@airthings.com
Øyvind Birkenes

CEO

oyvind.birkenes@airthings.com