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Digitisation and a system change created a need for interim management

Yannick Hougaard 11/14/2017

Tibnor is a company going through a period of change. An exciting change journey in the steel industry, which involves a need for enhanced digital and system expertise. When a key person in the department left, the newly appointed chief financial officer quickly realised the extent of the short-term needs, which coincided with the preparation of the annual accounts. The rescue was an interim finance manager with SAP experience.

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A traditional boat trip with our key supporters

Yannick Hougaard 11/14/2017

On Thursday August 31st we held our annual boat trip on Oslo Fjord for clients, interim managers and partners. The weather gods were less than obliging for the first part of the trip, but all the other ingredients for a great night on the fjord were in place!

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- My vision is to make myself Obsolete

Yannick Hougaard 11/14/2017

When the time between new emails in the inbox becomes steadily longer, Nils Agnar Brunborg knows that his job in a company has been completed. This means that decisions are being made much further down in the organisation and that he is about to become obsolete. Just the way he wants it.

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Meet our two new employees

Anders Sollie Hoff (MP) 9/6/2017

InterimLeder have strengthened our relay team with two new employees. We are pleased to announce that we have appointed a Junior Executive Advisor and a Senior Advisor.

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Interim catalyst for internal IT boost

admin 8/29/2017

Sometimes the chemistry between the interim manager and the client is so right that it creates a very special energy. This was the case when Danica Pensjon brought in an interim manager for their IT department.

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Nobody will be left waiting at the bus stop

admin 8/28/2017

Ole S. Edvardsen likes to be a manager, and best thing about the job of interim manager is the people. During his management of OmniService AS, managers and employees will help ensure that the buses will be operational as agreed.

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Needed - a manager who can set the standard

admin 8/28/2017

Lemminkäinen Norge is one of the country's leading suppliers of asphalt, crushed stone, gravel and civil engineering services. When managing director Jan Øyri needed to find a manager to improve the profitability of one of the company's departments, he definitely looked for someone who had "turned stones" before - but he was not fussed about knowledge of the industry.

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Interim Day 2017 - an experiential relay

Anett Gunnerud (MP) 2/22/2017

An ex-athlete, two business leaders, a top sports coach and a professor will come together to form a relay team with a common goal: to share experiences and insights for the benefit and inspiration of managers on Interim Day 2017. Who has the fastest leg of the race? The smoothest change-over? The best organised race?

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Requested help to lift accounting firm into the clouds

admin 2/21/2017

The accounting firm was struggling to make its mark in an industry in upheaval, and needed a business developer to implement forward-looking measures for the company. From the pile of applicants, one candidate stood out by virtue of his sincere desire to make a big difference to a small firm.

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Interim management at ABAX: Fasten your seatbelt!

admin 2/21/2017

ABAX is a growth company that operates at an extremely high speed and, apparently, has its own success-oriented GPS to navigate businesses. But even in a distinctly digital company like ABAX, the most important components of all are analogue: the people who work there.

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Mr Interim Manager Sverre Holen has passed away

admin 2/21/2017

It is with great sadness that we announce that Sverre Guttorm Holen passed away peacefully after a long illness on Wednesday 11 January 2017.

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Employment in the future will be different to now, and the future is already here

admin 5/23/2016

Everything indicates that the future of employment will include more senior citizens in gainful employment than now, with those over 50-55 currently struggling to find work. There will also be far more freelancers or "ad-hoc employees" than today. Flexibility will also be a key word – whether we like it or not!

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Change management in the public sector

admin 5/23/2016

As a former officer in the Norwegian Armed Forces, Tor Hylin has broad experience. This spans military management and strategic crisis management in Afghanistan to the international, political climate at the NATO HQ in Brussels. An experience base that he has made great use of as an interim manager.

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Interim management as a springboard for a new job

admin 3/22/2016

As Director of Sales and Marketing Training in pharmaceutical company Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Kari Salvesen Mørk had a busy schedule with much of her time spent travelling. When the company decided to move her post to Zurich, Kari decided to step down. An exciting opportunity as interim manager in the same sector became the springboard for a permanent position as sales and marketing manager at Unilabs.

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Growing construction company brings in interim project manager

admin 3/22/2016

Construction company Brunbjørn has grown rapidly since its inception just three years ago. From NOK 5.7 million in its first year of operations to NOK 50 million in 2015. When the company experienced an immediate need to increase its project management capacity, interim management was a natural choice.

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The interim manager turned red figures black and became CEO

admin 2/15/2016

When the management of Selecta hired in Lars Furu as interim manager, his task was to change the company’s financial situation. Nine months later, a great deal has already been done, and Furu is now permanently employed as CEO of the company, which is one of Europe’s leaders in coffee solutions.

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Had no time to wait for the recruitment process

admin 2/15/2016

When Wenaas Workwear AS needed a new senior controller, CFO Christian Otterbech couldn’t wait for a months-long recruitment process. He found the candidate he needed in a couple of weeks, via InterimLeder.

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The life of an interim leader: quickly in and quickly out

admin 12/21/2015

In today’s business where change is the norm, an organisation with a loose structure may be the best idea. Tor Peter Barfod is just finishing off a three-month project where he was made redundant by the changes that took place. “That’s a good argument for hiring temporary managers,” says Barfod, who has already accepted a new position in another company. 

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Fast-growing tech company bought time with interim manager

admin 12/21/2015

NEO Monitors is an exciting Norwegian technology company that supplies laser-based gas and dust monitors to large industrial companies. Under the leadership of Ketil Gorm Paulsen, the company has seen a growth in turnover from NOK 70 million to NOK 140 million in the past five years, with a growth of 30% in 2014. In order to ensure quality in a high growth phase, they hired an interim manager.

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Hundreds of managers are ready for assignment right now

Anett Gunnerud (MP) 12/8/2015

Many businesses sooner or later arrive at a situation where a manager is needed quickly – more quickly than traditional recruitment will allow. But how do you solve it?

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Seminar on interim management: European trends

admin 12/7/2015

Surveys in Germany show that on average companies that have used interim managers get 5 euro back for every euro an interim manager has cost them. This was one of the conclusions of the seminar that InterimLeder organised for its interim managers on Friday 6 November.

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Aiming to be Europe’s biggest with the aid of an interim manager

admin 12/7/2015

The CEO of Oslofjord Convention Center, Stian Fuglset, has some big, hairy audacious goals for the company. This conference hotel is to become the biggest in Europe and sales are to more than double. To formulate the strategy, he brought in an interim manager. And it proved to be a profitable investment.

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Why are we not employing older interim managers?

Per Raknes (MP) 8/28/2015

In Norway it is often the case that when you have passed 50-55 years of age you are considered too old to be employed in a management position. Is this sensible?

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"Interim management has excellent potential in Norway"

admin 8/28/2015

Jon Erling Tenvik has been in management for more than three decades. In the 1980s he served as an officer in the Norwegian Navy on frigates and patrol boats. He is now changing course as an interim manager. "There is still plenty of work to do in order to communicate the benefits of interim management, Tenvik says.

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Interim management left Caverion wanting more

admin 8/28/2015

Caverion had no tradition of using interim management but when the need for a temporary manager arose, the CEO, Knut Gaaserud, decided to give it a try. The experience was positive for the company and they are now considering hiring more interim managers.

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Interim Management – also a great tool when not everything is going well!

admin 6/23/2015

We are currently in a situation that is challenging to many companies. The future looks more uncertain than we have been accustomed to and it is far from easy to predict where the road ahead will take us. What do you do when you either have to downscale or when you are uncertain about hiring someone new? Perhaps it is time to hire an Interim Manager?

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- Interim Managers are quick to read the organisation

admin 6/23/2015

With more than 30 years of experience as a manager for a number of companies, Per Nygaard has managed many organisations through challenging restructuring processes. One of the things he has learned how to do is to quickly read the organisation, which he believes to be a major strength for managers wishing to generate results in a short time.

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Exciting technology company hires interim Sales Director

admin 6/23/2015

Hiddn is an exciting Norwegian technology company specialising in mobile device encryption. When the company's CEO, Gudmundur Einarsson, wanted to accelerate sales the choice was to go for an Interim Manager.

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A little less conversation, a little more action

admin 5/18/2015

After completing his last interim management assignemnt, Tor-Erik Westvik was offered a permanent position. He politely declined the offer. An administrative role was not his cup of tea. Action is what he needs!

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InterimLeder brings in a new senior consultant

admin 5/18/2015

Rolf Henrik Svendsen will start working as a senior consultant for InterimLeder with effect from May 2015. Mr. Svendsen has over 25 years of international management experience with large, global companies. His main area of expertise has been sales management and he has worked as a consultant and a service provider, in addition to spending many years in the software industry.

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Interim management can provide SMBs with huge benefits

admin 5/18/2015

The new CEO of Widerøe, Stein Nilsen, has managed some of Norway's largest organisations. He believes that small and medium-sized companies have few good interim management alternatives available when they require an experienced manager at short notice.

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Seminar for interim managers, 13 March 2015

admin 4/8/2015

Our interim managers are a major asset for both ourselves and our clients. Without Norway's most skilful interim managers, we would not have succeeded. On 13 March, we held a seminar for about 30 of our interim managers.

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- Management teams need a 'devil's advocate'

admin 4/8/2015

As an experienced interim manager with international service, Lene Holstad has a few reflections about communication and practical management, from which she thinks many Norwegian management teams could derive great benefit.

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What is the difference between interim management and management for hire?

Anett Gunnerud (MP) 2/11/2015

Management for hire and interim management are terms that often used interchangeably. What are the actual differences?

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InterimLeder launches blog

admin 2/9/2015

"We often hear about how interim management is a valuable tool to keep in your toolbox. After an interim manager has been with a company for a while the client frequently responds: "I cannot believe we didn't think of this sooner!".  Our new blog will allow us get our message across to even more people," says Vegard Rooth, CEO of InterimLeder.

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My job as an interim manager is to deliver improved cash flow

admin 2/9/2015

Interim Manager Bjørn Gunnar Aase wants to disprove a couple of management myths: That it takes a long time to get an experienced manager in place and that using interim management means incurring additional costs.

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Vegard Rooth will step up as the new CEO of InterimLeder AS

admin 1/5/2015

There are exciting developments ahead at InterimLeder AS and the use of interim management looks set to increase strongly in the coming years. For this reason the Board of Directors has chosen to employ a new, dynamic and experienced manager as its CEO. Vegard Rooth will take over the role from 1 January 2015.

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Interim manager and "Jack of all trades"

admin 1/5/2015

As a child, Hellek Bråthen dreamt of becoming a fighter pilot. He grew up to become a business economist and gets his adrenaline rush by working as an interim manager. He has just completed a successful project as an interim CFO with SF Kino and is looking forward to enjoying a few days in the mountains.

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Interim management - the only option for Mesta

admin 1/5/2015

When Mesta experienced an urgent need to fill its CFO role, interim management was the only option they considered, explains Economy and Finance Director Kristian E. Just (left).

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Interim middle manager becomes top manager

admin 11/13/2014

During a reorganisation at Amesto Accounthouse, a need arose to cover the role of a middle manager until a permanent solution was in place. InterimLeder provided a very well-qualified interim manager in just a few days. One year later, she has become Managing Director of the Norwegian part of the business.

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Headhunted by young and promising new company

admin 11/13/2014

When Inge Flaten was 13 years old, he decided he wanted to be a social economist. His interest in technology and people later resulted in various management positions in the sector. Today he has been hired as the interim CEO of Aptomar, an exciting entrepreneurial company that provides the technology to detect oil spills at sea.

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InterimLeder and Deloitte present new and unique Exit Planning concept at breakfast meeting

admin 11/13/2014

On Thursday 23 October we held a breakfast meeting on Exit Planning. Here we presented our new and unique concept for the sale of companies, which was warmly received by the participants.

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From Dubai to Svalbard with project management expertise in his briefcase

admin 9/24/2014

After he initially contacted InterimLeder it just took one week before Ramond Johansen was sitting on a flight to Svalbard. His destination was Store Norske (a coal mining company), where he was going to take on an interim management role in respect of a project relating to the construction of the new Lunckefjell Mine.

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InterimLeder moves to new premises in the centre of Oslo

admin 9/24/2014

Last week Managing Director Sverre Holen was able to stroll just a few hundred metres in the August sunshine to Rådhusbrygge no. 2 where the MS Kustos was waiting to set sail on the annual boat trip for interim managers. Because after 14 years in Skullerud, InterimLeder has now moved into the centre of Oslo. 

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Uncommon technological expertise delivered in just a few days

admin 9/24/2014

What do you do when a manager with unusual specialist expertise hands in his notice just before the summer holidays? One of the Board members of Polarn O. Pyret Norge resorted to what he believed was the best tool for dealing with emergency situations, in other words, interim management. So not only did he manage to save the holidays, he also saved the company's operations.  

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The use of interim managers – a cost or an investment?

admin 6/23/2014

What does it mean for a company to appoint an interim manager? Is there a high cost that exceeds that which would arise if the position were a permanent one? Or is it an investment that gives value for money? These are legitimate questions that many are asking. We've looked a bit at the numbers and the answers might well surprise you

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Interim management is like climbing a rock face without a rope

admin 6/23/2014

“It’s OK to climb a rock face when the top rope is hanging there. That’s a luxury you don’t often have as an interim manager. But that’s what makes it all so exciting”, says Sigbjørn Modalsli, M.Sc. He has recently “climbed a rock face without a rope”, as interim leader of a major logistics company.  

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Hired in an interim CFO to gain control of the economy

admin 6/23/2014

SF Kino is a company that is in the news. Recently, Ivar Halstvedt, the company’s CEO launched plans to build Oslo's largest cinema complex with its own IMAX auditorium. But mergers and acquisitions make their demands, and having used consultants without any particular success, he hired in an interim manager.

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First change of ownership pilot has been completed

admin 5/9/2014

InterimLeder's newly developed and unique concept for change of ownership has now completed its first pilot. InterimLeder will now forcefully bring this to market for business owners who are considering selling their businesses and who want an optimum sales value.

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Interim manager in the pharmaceutical industry: “I am most comfortable in a storm”

admin 5/9/2014

An autumn evening in 2013 when Bertil Andersson was googling around, InterimLeder popped onto the screen. A couple of clicks later, he was registered in the database along with more than 1,400 interim managers, and only a few weeks later, the experienced pharma man took on the task of managing Thermo Fisher's largest international team. 

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HR ordeal on Svalbard when three key people resigned at the same time

admin 5/9/2014

Being responsible for ensuring that the new Lunckefjell mine on Svalbard is ready for operation in March 2015 means being capable of handling numerous challenges. But what do you do when three of the most important people in the project resign, all at the same time?

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Things happen quickly when there is an urgent need for management

admin 3/17/2014

"You cannot brood if you want to succeed as an interim manager," says Liv Hukset Wang. On the Friday before Christmas she turned up for an interview at 9 o'clock in the morning. Eight hours later she had been appointed interim manager at Human-Etisk Forbund (the Norwegian Humanist Association). Things move quickly on both sides of the table when there is an urgent need for management.

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Enhance the sales culture by using interim management

admin 3/17/2014

When the consultancy Steenberg & Plahte AS wanted to build a stronger sales culture without hiring a permanent salesperson, they chose to use interim management. "It is without doubt the most flexible alternative to permanent employment or consultancy," says partner and co-owner Erik Steenberg.

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More objective decisions as an interim manager

Anett Gunnerud (MP) 1/31/2014

Radical winds were blowing across the country when Bjørn Delbæk started his leadership career in the Norwegian Armed Forces in 1971. 

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When key personnel suddenly disappear

Anett Gunnerud (MP) 1/31/2014

As the HR director of EMEA in the French industrial group Alstom, Hedda Fjeld Ferrington has a wide range of responsibilities. When two key people left the HR department at the same time in August 2012, the solution was interim management.

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Does your HR toolbox include interim management?

Anett Gunnerud (MP) 1/31/2014

You will experience many challenging situations as a HR manager. What do you do when the financial director goes on long-term sick leave in the middle of the annual report process? What do you do when a manager disappears overnight or the marketing manager is suddenly no longer there?

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First interim manager assignment: I have had no regrets!

Anett Gunnerud (MP) 11/8/2013

Rune Østerhaug has been a senior manager since the year teletext was launched and has had an exciting career from the gold rush in the PC industry in the 80s until taking time out to think in 2012. The result of this was that he became an interim manager, a decision about which he has no regrets.

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- How soon would an interim manager be able to start?

Anett Gunnerud (MP) 11/8/2013

This is a question we are often asked. The answer is: "Sooner than you think!" Someone who recently had the chance to experience this is the CEO of IV Group, Arnaud Houllemare.

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InterimLeder has introduced itself to the venture industry

Anett Gunnerud (MP) 11/7/2013

On 15 October InterimLeder participated as an exhibitor at Norwegian Investment Forum, the largest venture conference in Norway to present our concept to venture companies.

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Stig Herbern is the new chairman of the board of InterimLeder

Anett Gunnerud (MP) 9/27/2013

With founder and investor Stig Herbern on board as the new chairman, InterimLeder has put together a robust board structure.

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- The baton must always be passed on

Anett Gunnerud (MP) 9/25/2013

Vegard Rooth is a competitive person "to the bone". The previous Norwegian relay record, which stood until last year, testifies of his background as an elite athlete. Now the track has been replaced by the boardroom but his views of management being a team sport remain unchanged.

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Oras enhances the management of major projects using interim managers

Anett Gunnerud (MP) 9/25/2013

As Senior Vice President of Human Resources at the construction company Oras AS, Sigurd Gangnæs is responsible for 900 employees in Norway. In an industry characterised by time pressure there is added security in having interim management as one of the options in the HR toolbox.

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A summer outing with our interim managers

Anett Gunnerud (MP) 9/9/2013

It was a sunny afternoon, Wednesday 28 August, when "Kustos" set sail from Rådhusbrygge no. 2. 30 interim managers and employees of InterimLeder AS could be found onboard.

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Frydenberg: - Interim management is the short-term fix with the best effect

admin 9/6/2013

Former CEO of Posten, Kaare Frydenberg, has worked as a manager for 36 years and has been involved in the hiring of numerous interim managers. When an urgent management need arises, there is no doubt in his mind that interim management is the best solution.

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Looking for managers? Don't make these mistakes

Anett Gunnerud (MP) 8/6/2013

9 out of 10 companies looking for senior management quickly walk into one of these traps.

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Confessions of an interim manager

Anett Gunnerud (MP) 8/6/2013

It was a beautiful spring day in 2011 when Gisle Bakken received an exciting telephone call from a large Chinese telecommunications company that required his help. This would turn out to be the start of an interim management existence which gave him a taste for more.

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Interim management solved the bank's management needs

Anett Gunnerud (MP) 8/6/2013

When the bank's IT director went on long-term sick leave, the recently employed Chief Legal Officer Eivind Sverdrup had to quickly consider the options.

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Heading for a record turnover in 2013

Anett Gunnerud (MP) 6/21/2013

"There is nothing like a challenge to bring out the best in man." The words of Sean Connery could not have been truer for InterimLeder's CEO when the crisis came knocking in 2012.

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European trends in interim management

Anett Gunnerud (MP) 6/21/2013

We have looked to Germany and the UK to discover developments within interim management outside of our country.

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How to make the company attractive to potential buyers

Anett Gunnerud (MP) 6/19/2013

50,000 family-owned businesses will change owners over the next 10 years. In this video, Sverre Holen from InterimLeder explains how this can be done.

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- The exciting part happens before ordinary operations begin

Anett Gunnerud (MP) 6/8/2013

Aksel Kverneland has found his career path as an interim manager. After twelve years he can look back on sixteen completed assignments. The majority of his time is currently spent on capacity expansions at Q-Meieriene.

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Maintain momentum with an interim manager

Anett Gunnerud (MP) 6/8/2013

When the company needs an experienced and skilled "doer" who can start immediately, the CEO of Elite Foto, Helge Lindalen, is certain of the solution.

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InterimLeder at Energikonferansen, 28-29 May

Anett Gunnerud (MP) 6/8/2013

InterimLeder participated with a stand at a two-day conference for the energy industry arranged by EnergiNorge at Oslo Plaza on 28 and 29 May.

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Interview: Revelling in the freedom of being an interim manager

Anett Gunnerud (MP) 4/25/2013

Øyvind Trønsdal (56) has carried out several assignments for InterimLeder AS and, following a long career in management, he has found his "dream existence" as an interim manager.

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Nordic cooperation allows our Norwegian customers to select the best interim managers from the top of the pile

Anett Gunnerud (MP) 4/25/2013

InterimLeder AS is a co-founder and member of Nordic Interim Partners (NIP) which consists of the leading interim management companies in Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

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10 tips for hiring an interim manager

Anett Gunnerud (MP) 3/8/2013

Are you considering hiring an interim manager? Here you can find 10 tips for moving ahead with the process.

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Client case study: Trenor Dører AS

Anett Gunnerud (MP) 3/7/2013

When the board of directors of Trenor Dører AS required a new assistant general manager, they got in touch with InterimLeder AS and were quickly joined by the interim manager Jan Samuelsson (pictured). He soon took over as the CEO and did an incredible job before moving on to the next assignment. Read board member Frithjof Plahte's testimonial here.

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InterimLeder AS has a unique opportunity for companies that are planning a change of ownership

Anett Gunnerud (MP) 3/7/2013

Over the next ten years Norwegian SME companies will experience 50,000 changes of ownership. Change of ownership is a very important process and it is often a "life's work" that is coming to an end How can this be done in a way which maximises profits whilst providing tax advantages and also being legally correct?

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Ledernytt: Employ managers for a fixed term!

Anett Gunnerud (MP) 3/7/2013

A world experiencing constant rapid change also means that companies' needs for expertise are rapidly changing. How can the company ensure that they are recruiting the right manager?

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How to succeed as an interim leader

admin 10/11/2012

Being an interim manager is a special job. You will enter a new business with which you are unfamiliar. The customer has high expectations and you must be operational from day one - literally. How to succeed in such a situation? Here you can find 10 crucial things that an interim manager must do in order to succeed. The advice has been compiled by one of our experienced interim managers, Ulf Deinoff.

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