Lars Boilesen

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Lars Rabæk Boilesen is the CEO of Opera Software, having succeeded founder Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner in 2010.

Boilesen is Danish;[1] he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Economics from Aarhus School of Business and a postgraduate diploma from Kolding Business School,[2] and moved to Norway in 1997.[3] His first position was at the Lego Group,[4] where in the early 1990s he developed the market in Russia;[5] 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;[3][4][6] 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.[1][2][7][8][9]

Boilesen is married to a Norwegian and has three children (2010).[3] In 2013 he was one of the best paid executives in Norway.[10]


  1. ^ a b Thomas Breinstrup, "Danskledet IT-komet fordobler sin værdi", Berlingske, October 11, 2013 (in Danish)
  2. ^ a b Executive Profile: Lars Rabaek Boilesen, Bloomberg Businessweek, retrieved November 18, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Thomas Breinstrup, "Dansk dirigent til norske Opera", Berlingske, January 8, 2010 (in Danish)
  4. ^ a b Executives, Opera Software, retrieved November 18, 2013.
  5. ^ Hege Guttormsen, "Abelialederen Lars Boilesen, Opera" Archived 2015-06-10 at the Wayback Machine., Abelia, 12 May 2011 (in Norwegian)
  6. ^ "Opera Tunjuk Lars Boilesen Jadi CEO Baru", Techno,, January 7, 2010 (in Indonesian)
  7. ^ Opera appoints Lars Boilesen new Chief Executive Officer, Press release, Opera Software, January 5, 2010.
  8. ^ Stephen Shankland, "Opera browser company gets new CEO", CNET, January 5, 2010.
  9. ^ "Opera-Chef Tetzchner tritt ab", Die Welt, January 6, 2010 (in German)
  10. ^ Marius Jørgenrud, "Lønnsfest i Opera",, April 24, 2013 (in Norwegian)