Executive Team


Lars Boilesen

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Lars Boilesen is the Chief Executive Officer at Opera Software ASA, a position he has held since 2010. Mr. Boilesen has extensive experience in the software and tech industry and has held executive positions in various corporations prior to his joining Opera. He was Executive Vice President of Sales & Distribution at Opera Software ASA from 2000 to 2005, and served on the Board of Directors of Opera Software ASA from 2007 to 2009.

From 2005-2008 he was Chief Executive Officer for the Nordic and Baltic Region at Alcatel-Lucent. Mr. Boilesen started his career in the LEGO Group as Sales and Marketing Manager for Eastern Europe. After that, he headed the Northern Europe and Asia Pacific markets for Tandberg Data. He has been on the Board of Directors of Aspiro AB since May 2009 and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors at Cobuilder AS.

Mr. Boilesen holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Economics from Aarhus Business School, and postgraduate diploma from Kolding Business School.

Lars Boilesen holds 168,000 restricted share units, 300,000 options and 23,735 shares in Opera Software ASA.

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Mahi de Silva

CEO Opera Mediaworks

Mahi is responsible for commercial activities for Opera’s consumer mobile products and services. Before joining Opera, Mahi was co-founder and CEO of AdMarvel, Inc., the global leader in mobile advertising platforms, acquired by Opera in 2010. Prior to AdMarvel, Mahi co-founded Frengo Corporation, a mobile social-media platform. Mahi also spent 10 years at VeriSign, where he was part of the startup management team. From 2002 to 2006, he served as senior vice president and general manager of Wireless and Digital Content Services at VeriSign, where he built the world’s leading mobile messaging and mobile entertainment business with revenues exceeding $600M per year. Prior to VeriSign, he served in various technology leadership roles at Taligent, Apple and NCR Corporation.

Mahi de Silva holds 186,250 restricted share units and 32,875 shares in Opera Software ASA.


Erik C. Harrell

Chief Financial Officer / Chief Strategy Officer

As CFO/CSO, Harrell’s primary responsibilities include Opera’s global finance & accounting and financial planning operations, corporate strategy, corporate development/mergers & acquisitions, and investor relations.

Prior to joining Opera in 2005, Harrell was CFO of the European operations for Advent Software, a NASDAQ-listed software company based in San Francisco, California, USA. Harrell’s professional experience includes six years at JP Morgan & Co. in New York, where he was Vice President of Mergers & Acquisitions, and the role of Founder and CEO of an early-stage internet software company.

Harrell has an M.B.A. with Distinction from the Harvard Business School and holds an M.A. and B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa) from The Johns Hopkins University.

Erik Harrell holds 35,000 restricted share units, 612,500 options and 103,489 shares in Opera Software ASA.

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Andreas Thome


Andreas Thome joined Opera in 2007, when he took on a role as Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for EMEA region. Prior to his career with Opera, he was a Project Director at Telecom Management Partner, where he also served as Chief Officer for the Fixed Networks Division of Ghana Telecom in West Africa.

Thome previously served a variety of roles within Alcatel. In addition to several Commercial and Management roles at Alcatel, he was the Regional Vice President (North Europe) for Access Networks Division, the General Manager for Fixed Networks, and the Customer Account Director for Alcatel’s Nordic and Baltic regions.

Thome has also held positions at Tandberg Data in Oslo and Rim Invest in Singapore. Thome obtained a Master of Science degree in Project Analysis, Finance & Investment from University of York (U.K.) and Master of Science and Bachelor’s degree in Economics from University of Oslo.

Andreas Thome holds 35,000 restricted share units, 520,000 options and 12,339 shares in Opera Software ASA.


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