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Meet the Board

The Minerva board of directors combines deep experience from major IT and software companies with both strategic and operational experience from the manufacturing industry. A combination which makes them highly competent at optimizing processes and systems within product development, manufacturing operations, supply chain and quality management.

As the leading service provider of Enterprise PLM software solutions, the Minerva board of directors are overseeing a successful growth strategy based on sound and profitable business fundamentals. The strategy has secured Minerva's position as one of Europe´s largest and fastest growing Enterprise PLM vendors.

Svend Ole Espensen

Chairman of the board

With 39 years of experience as a lawyer, Svend Ole Espensen brings a lifetime of legal experience to Minerva.

He holds both a Danish and a German law degree and is admitted to the German Bar.

Svend Ole Espensen brings experience from being an equity-partner in the Danish law firm Kromann Reumert and an associate professor at the University of Aarhus.

He has also served as a general legal counsel for Danfoss A/S, one of the largest industrial manufacturing companies in Denmark.

Wenche Strømsnes

Board member

Wenche has had the privilege to be a leader and at the same time working with a number of top executive teams on strategic management and corporate development.

With a strong background in business economics, management and strategy, Wenche was instrumental in turning the government-funded CfL Danish Centre for Leadership into a self-financing organization, serving 12 years as CEO.

Today, Wenche is founder and CEO of BetterMeetings, a digital platform that helps executive teams make better decisions and create greater empowerment through better management meetings

Jørgen Bardenfleth

Board member

Jørgen Bardenfleth graduated from the University of Denmark in 1981 with an Msc. in Electrical Engineering and from UCLA in 1989 with an MBA. He has worked in IT, technology and consulting for 30 years, including as General Manager of Hewlett-Packard, Intel and Microsoft in Denmark.

Jørgen brings experience as mature business leader in high tech, both in sales, marketing and consulting. Further, Jørgen has valuable insight and experience into building leadership teams and international business and subsidiaries. Jørgen has an updated understanding of how today's technology developments can be utilized and commercialized.

Today, Jørgen works as Professionel Board Member in Minerva and in several IT firms and in Government boards on IT and innovation.

Mikael Lyngsø

Board member

Mikael Lyngsø is an international executive with over 20 years of high-growth global experience in the IT industry, hereof 12 years as CEO of one of the world’s leading software companies within Master Data Management solutions, Stibo Systems.

Mikael is bringing to the board reliable experience and knowledge of global strategy, market positioning and managing global business expansion and operations through subsidiaries. In addition, with his background as CTO, Mikael has extensive experience with product management and software development. All areas which are key to Minerva’s future international business success.

Mikael holds positions as Professional Board Member in both Minerva and several other IT firms.

Asger Thierry

CEO & Founder

Asger Thierry brings over 25 years of experience in developing companies and market penetration, with a tight focus on sales excellence and strategic company development.

With an Electronic Engineering background combined with a commercial degree and a ICF coaching education, Asger Thierry has gained experience from management positions primarily related to sales and marketing in Alcatel, CII Bull, Honeywell Bull, Siemens, Lectra systems, and Hewlett Packard.

Asger Thierry holds external board positions as chairman and member in several companies, including Denmark's largest Lawyer company.

Leon Lauritsen

Vice President & Partner

Leon Lauritsen contributes to the Minerva management team with a broad business background adding experience from previous employment in large companies such as Logica, ranging all the way from programming to business consulting, project management and business development. These experiences and his result-oriented focus have been decisive for the success of Minerva's new product lines and expansion in various geographic regions.

Founded as an IT programmer, Leon Lauritsen has supplied that with both a diploma in IT and Economics (HD-IØ) at Copenhagen Business School and an Executive MBA at Henley Management College.

Customers as well as Minerva, gain significant benefits from Leon´s very result orientated focus as a previous successful elite sportsman.


Pauli Vadstrup

Vice President Operations & Partner

With more than 20 years of experience in implementing ERP and PLM enterprise software globally, Pauli Vadstrup brings extensive expertise in professional services, including program- and project management as well as business and technical consulting. Pauli have worked together with many different companies and people in different industries, regions and cultures.

With a background in IT and Business, Pauli started his career as an IT Programmer / Project Manager at Danish Supermarket (Retail Industry). At Minerva, Pauli is responsible for all projects, consultancy, and managing existing accounts.