Advisors

Our Advisors form a group of very experienced professionals with successful entrepreneurial and operational backgrounds. Their networks cover all regions of the world and their competence base goes deeply into communications & software, as well as business development and expansion strategies.

The VIA Advisors may act as ad-hoc advisors to VIA equity when specific investments are investigated or when a change of direction for a given portfolio company is being considered. Whenever there is a mutual interest and fit, VIA may consider recommending an Advisor as Director of Board to a portfolio company.

Kim Frimer

CEO at Verdo, a producer and distributor of electricity, water and heat, which also have products within telephony and internet.

Previously CEO and President of Danish telecom incumbent TDC Solutions A/S with 12,000 employees and DKK 22 billion in turnover, and member of the executive board of TDC A/S. In addition, Kim has held chairman and board member positions on a number of Danish companies, e.g. Panther Applications and Danish Crown.

Prior to TDC, Kim Frimer was CEO and President for 6 years for Sunrise AG, the second biggest Telecom operator in Switzerland, with 2500 employees and a turnover of DKK 10 billion. Kim Frimer also spent 2 years in Germany as CEO and President of Talkline AG, one of the leading German mobile service operators, with 1800 employees and a turnover of DKK 9 billion. Before these positions Kim Frimer held several leading positions in the Telco business, and has been participating in start up companies as well.

Kim Frimer holds an M.Sc. in Economics from the University of Aarhus.

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Fritjof Lind

IT Strategy Executive and CEO of Reset Works.

Reset Works advises commercial and public sector companies on IT strategic development and transformation seeking the highest possible employee and client satisfaction, value creation and profitable business growth.
Fritjof has worked in the IT service industry for 25+ years in a variety of senior executive positions as managing director, Senior Vice President or director in CSC Nordic. In the period he has among other things been instrumental in delivering quality, large system integration projects and outsourcing services to public sector and healthcare clients.

Prior to this he worked as a scientist in the Danish Ministry of Agriculture, the Plant Protection Centre specialized in Integrated Pesticide Management in the agriculture industry.
Throughout his career he has served as a member of public sector committees, non-profit and commercial company board of directors.

Fritjof holds Master’s degrees from Copenhagen University.

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Doug Shinsato

Founding Partner and Member, Board of Directors, Anthill Start-up Advisory Services (India) and Anthill Ventures (Singapore) www.anthillventures.com

Anthill is a cross-border incubator and advisor to technology start-ups located in India, Southeast Asia and the US. Key members of our team have cumulative experience of dozens of years in product conceptualization, fund-raising, executive recruiting, business plan development, marketing, sales and operations.

Doug is also active on cross-border innovative digital payments platforms. He works with his global team members to “change people’s lives” in the way that people across the planet transfer money using their mobile phones.

Member, Board of Directors, Creative Intelligence Associates (Tokyo) www.cia.com

CIA is a product and service branding advisor which focuses on increasing customer satisfaction, revenues and profits. The founder of Fast Retailing (Uniqlo)—currently Japan’s richest person—has written extensively about the role CIA played in building his company’s brand and corporate strategy.

Doug is a bilingual Japanese-American with a long and successful career in consulting and sales-driven corporate management. Prior to joining Cubed, Doug served as President, Japan for leading technology companies such as Siebel Systems and as head of Asia-Pacific for Autodesk. He served as the only non-Japanese member of the board of directors of Deloitte Tohmatsu Japan, where he led a 500+ person consulting group. Doug later served as the Regional Vice President in charge of the management services and IT consulting practices at EDS/A.T. Kearney in Japan, where he also served as a Board Member for EDS’ Japanese operations.

Earlier, Doug worked in Japan as a strategy consultant focused on information and communications technology for the Boston Consulting Group and served as an Adjunct Professor at the Graduate Business School of Sophia University in Tokyo.

Doug received his BA and MBA from the University of Southern California and also holds a JD from the Stanford Law School.

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Lars Thomsen

Communications, IT Software and Solutions
Lars Thomsen has been in the European IT and Communications Industry for over 20 years in various roles within Sales, Contact Center, E-business, Marketing & General Management.

Currently, Lars is Chief Business Officer and part of the management team of Telenor Denmark. Moreover, Lars is Chairman of the Board in a leading software company specialized in IT for retail.
Prior to this, Lars was Director of Sales and Marketing Operations at KMD A/S, a leading Danish provider of IT solutions with a turnover of more than DKK 4 billion and with over 3,200 employees.

Earlier, Lars was heading DELL EMEA Solutions and before that Regional Sales Director for the UK & Ireland, Benelux & Nordics. In this capacity, Lars led approximately 2500 people and was responsible for managing sales revenues in two of Dell’s longest established and fastest growing markets. Previously, Lars was based at Dell’s EMEA Business Campus in Dublin, as Director of Dell’s Home and Small Business Division for the UK and Ireland, managing Consumer and B2B Sales.

Lars Thomsen joined Dell in 1998 and was responsible for setting up the Nordic operation out of Copenhagen, Denmark. Lars also led Dell’s corporate business in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.
Prior to joining Dell, Lars Thomsen held a number of senior positions at ICL in Denmark. Lars holds a Masters in Finance Management and Strategy from Copenhagen Business School and currently resides in Denmark.

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Paul Weichselbaum

EVP, PlumChoice

As Executive Vice President of PlumChoice, Paul is chartered with accelerating the execution of the company’s strategy to expand its Technology Services Solutions leadership role. He leads the go-to-market strategy for the company including market assessment, business definition, market segmentation and coverage strategies, business model optimization, technology development, product management, strategic pricing and corporate messaging.

Before joining PlumChoice, Paul was the Executive Vice President of LoJack Corporation, where he was instrumental in a 2010 restructuring that returned the company to profitability and growth. Prior to that, Paul held multiple senior executive roles that included Strategy, Engineering, IT, Marketing and Sales Operations at One Communications, a private equity-financed roll up between 2004 and 2008, and served as CEO of OpenReach, a venture-backed managed services software company from 2001 to 2003. He also spent 15 years at MCI Communications in a variety of executive roles in Operations, Commercial Sales and Service, National Accounts, Data Marketing and Business Development

Paul holds Bachelors’ degrees from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

 

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