Boilesen is Danish; he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Economics from Aarhus School of Business and a postgraduate diploma from Kolding Business School, and moved to Norway in 1997. His first position was at the Lego Group, where in the early 1990s he developed the market in Russia; He then worked at Tandberg as head of marketing for the Northern Europe and Asia-Pacific regions, Vice President for Worldwide Sales and Sales Director, and at Alcatel-Lucent as CEO for the Nordic and Baltic countries beginning in 2005. At Opera he was previously Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing from 2000 to 2005; he had also served on the company's board of directors from 2007 to 2009 before succeeding von Tetzchner as CEO after the latter stepped down on January 5, 2010.
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