Opera browser company gets new CEO

Lars Boilesen, who worked at the Norwegian browser maker from 2000 to 2005 and rejoined last year, signals Opera's strategy won't change under his leadership.

Opera CEO Lars Boilesen
Opera CEO Lars Boilesen Opera Software

Opera Software has promoted Chief Commercial Officer Lars Boilesen to chief executive, the Norwegian maker of the Opera desktop and mobile browsers said Tuesday.

Boilesen, 42, replaces co-founder Jon S. von Tetzchner, who still will work for the company in a full-time strategy role. The company signaled that although management is changing, Opera's overall direction won't.

"Our focus going forward is to execute on our current strategy and continue to deliver the best browser experience to the breadth of our customer and user base," Boilesen said in a statement. "We provide browser technology not only to nearly 100 million consumers worldwide, but also to the major players in the industry: Vodafone, T-Mobile, Nintendo, KDDI, SKT, Nokia, Samsung, Toshiba, and Sony Ericsson, to name but a few."

Boilesen worked for Opera from 2000 to 2005, when he was executive vice president of sales and marketing, and rejoined in January 2009. He also was vice chairman of Opera Software's board. In his 20-year career, he also has worked at Alcatel-Lucent, Tandberg Data, and Lego Group.

"My decision to assume a new role in Opera is based on a lengthy consideration process," von Tetzchner said in a statement. "As outgoing chief executive, I leave confident in the company's continued leadership in key markets, our strong management team, our ongoing commitment to innovation, and our robust financial foundation."

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Stephen Shankland has been a reporter at CNET since 1998 and covers browsers, Web development, digital photography and new technology. In the past he has been CNET's beat reporter for Google, Yahoo, Linux, open-source software, servers and supercomputers. He has a soft spot in his heart for standards groups and I/O interfaces.

 

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