Lars Boilesen

Chief Executive Officer 

Lars Boilesen, an Aarhus Business School alumni, started his career by building up the LEGO Group presence in Russia shortly after the market opened up for business. When transitioning to Norway, Mr. Boilesen first joined Opera Software as a sales executive in 2000 and stayed until 2005. Mr. Boilesen rejoined the company in 2009 filling the role of EVP Sales & Distribution, after a period working as Chief Executive Officer for the Nordic and Baltic Region at Alcatel-Lucent and head of Northern Europe and Asia Pacific markets for Tandberg Data.

In early 2010, the board of Opera Software appointed Mr. Boilesen as CEO. Since the appointment, Opera Software has grown in every respect: 1.8 billion NOK revenue in 2013, record profit, users, more than a thousand employees with global representation – making Opera Software a company that now touches the lives of more than a billion people worldwide.

Lars Boilesen holds 120 000 restricted share units, 300 000 options and 10 000 shares in Opera Software.

Mahi de Silva

CEO Opera Mediaworks

Mahi is responsible for Opera`s advertising and publisher business. Opera Mediaworks is the world’s leading mobile advertising platform, helping to power the global mobile economy. 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 115 000 restricted share units and 20 000 shares in Opera Software.

Rikard Gillemyr

Executive Vice President, Product Development

Rikard Gillemyr began his affiliation with Opera Software in 1998, when he and the other co-founders of Hern Labs in Sweden ported Opera 3 to BeOS.

After officially joining Opera Software in 2000, Gillemyr has been responsible for many of Opera’s major deliveries, including Opera on BREW and the Opera for Devices SDK. Gillemyr previously served as the country manager of Opera’s offices in Poland and Korea before his appointment to Vice President of Engineering.

He was educated at the Linköping Institute of Technology where he studied Computer Science and Engineering until 1999.

Rikard Gillemyr 10 000 restricted share units, 575 000 options and 360 000 shares in Opera Software

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 MBA with Distinction from the Harvard Business School and holds an MA and BA (Phi Beta Kappa) from The Johns Hopkins University.

Erik Harrell holds 20 000 restricted share units, 612 500 options and 100 700 shares in Opera Software.

Tove Selnes


Tove Selnes joined Opera in 2007 as VP of Human Resources and has more than ten years of experience in organizational management. Prior to working at Opera, Selnes served as Director of Human Resources at Eltel Networks where she was responsible for the development and implementation of the organization’s human resources strategy. Her professional experience also includes working at Avinor and Aetat.

Selnes holds a law degree from the University of Oslo, and is presently pursuing a Master’s of Management degree at the Norwegian School of Management. In 1994 she was awarded an Erasmus scholarship with Bologna University in Italy, where she studied EU and international environmental rights. She is a noted and respected authority on human resources management.

Tove Selnes holds 20 000 restricted share units, 80 000 options and 9 359 shares in Opera Software

Andreas Thome


Andreas Thome joined Opera Software 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 (UK) and Master of Science and Bachelor’s degree in Economics from University of Oslo.

Andreas Thome holds 20 000 restricted share units, 752 500 options and 10 000 shares in Opera Software