Opera announces new CEO
By Jon S. von TetzchnerJon. Tuesday, January 5, 2010 8:06:17 AM
The new year often brings with it a series of changes, some large and some small. I would like to share one change at Opera with you all. After 15 wonderful years leading Opera as its Chief Executive Officer, I have decided the time is right to move into a free, more independent role within the company I co-founded along with my friend, Geir Ivarsøy.
This means, of course, that Opera will have a new CEO. Moving into that role is Lars Boilesen, Opera's current Chief Commercial Officer.
I have known Lars for many years. He originally worked at Opera from 2000-2005. He helped shepherd our transition from a company that made a desktop Web browser into a Web browsing leader on all platforms. It was a sad day when he left to join Alcatel-Lucent. In 2009, I lured him back to us. Now I have given him what I consider to be the greatest job on Earth.
I step aside knowing Opera is in great hands. Lars has a deep belief in the power of our mission to bring the best Web browsing experience to people everywhere. He inherits a focused company ready for big things. We are in a strong financial position. We have great products (have you tried the pre-alpha of Opera 10.50 yet?). We have 800 talented employees around the world. And of course we have you, the people for whom we work so hard to make great products.
Over the years I have been fortunate to meet many of you. I have traveled far and wide to tell our story and have listened to yours as well. You have told me how much Opera has meant to you and how it has helped your life. Hearing your stories and learning from you has enriched my life beyond all measure. You have motivated and inspired me. For that, I offer my most humble thanks. The Opera community has been, and shall always be, an important part of my life.
I wish you all a joyous New Year and success in whatever endeavors, great and small, the future holds for you.