Optimizer Invest appointed Johan Kinnander, the previous Investment Manager, as the company’s new CEO.
These changes were made due to the fact the previous CEO Carla Maree Vella is stepping down from her position in order to work further on her own project within the blockchain market.
As a result of his previous posts which include the position of the CEO of Betsson Business Solutions, COO at Betsafe and MD Nordic at Google Sweden, Johan Kinnander already gained a lot of experience as a business developer and investor.
He will now become the acting CEO of Optimizer Invest until a permanent replacement can succeed.
Optimizer Invest’s Partner Mikael Riese Harstad commented on this, «Carla Maree Vella has done an excellent job of positioning Optimizer Invest on the international startup scene. Her talents and digital expertise have brought great value to Optimizer. We, who follow our startup companies daily, fully understand that Carla chooses to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams. Our entire team wishes her the best of luck with future projects.»
Carla Maree Vella added, «Leaving Optimizer has been a tough decision. I’ve been blessed to work with three great partners and an awesome team, but also with the hardworking and talented entrepreneurs in our portfolio companies. Without a doubt, what I have witnessed here is incredibly inspirational. I will take this energy and drive to my next project which I look forward to kicking things off in Q1 next year.»
In conclusion Johan Kinnander said, «Knowing the company from inside and out, it feels both exciting and natural for me to step in and take over as the acting CEO. I look forward to continuing the Optimizer success story while we look for a permanent replacement for Carla, and we have an exciting future ahead.»
The process of recruiting a new, permanent CEO for Optimizer Invest has started instantly.
Within just a few years the company has been able to compose a diverse portfolio of interesting startups. So far investments have been made in around 20 companies that are mainly located in the Northern part of Europe. Consector, Tinitell, Reve, Pensionera and Investoo are just a few names which are part of the Swedish companies in the portfolio.
In addition to that, Optimizer Invest also owns the listed businesses GIG and Catena Media.