Hans B. Amell
CEO of DragonWaveX
Chairman/Founder of CAG International AG and Minerva Group
Mr. Amell is a recognized Chief Executive and a Global Transformation and Corporate Agility expert with extraordinary experience in leading major change in Public and Private Organizations. Mr. Amell has served both mega organizations as well as Family Offices and small entrepreneurial companies. Mr. Amell’s background includes leading the global expansion and later the successful spin-off of the D&B group into 7 publicly held companies (Cognizant, Nielsen, IMS, Moody’s, Gartner, etc.). Turnaround and merger of AlliedSignal into Honeywell. Creation of Intrepid Learning, Private Acquisition of Gartner Custom Research, etc.
Mr. Amell began his career as a Management Consultant at McKinsey & Co. He is a Swedish citizen and Proud Green Card Holder in the USA, Post-Graduate ISMP Program at the Harvard Business School and BA/MBA equivalent from Stockholm and Uppsala University. Author of the just-released (Oct. 2016) business book hit “Mastering Agility (successfully navigating uncertainty)”.
Mr. Amell is married to Barbara (US Amell, has eight children (all US citizens) and is a seasoned skier and blue-water sailor.
Martin Wade III
Partner in Residence
Mr. Wade is Chief Executive Officer of IMSI, Inc. He also served from 1998 to 2000 in Mergers and Acquisitions at Prudential Securities and from 1996 to 1998 as a managing director in Mergers and Acquisitions at Salomon Brothers. From 1991 to 1996, Mr. Wade was National Head of Investment banking at Price Waterhouse, LLC. Mr. Wade also spent six years in the Mergers and Acquisitions department at Bankers Trust and eight years at Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb. Mr. Wade is credited with participating in over 200 Mergers and Acquisitions transactions involving a variety of Fortune 500 clients.
Mr. Wade was a partner in M/A Group at both Lehman and Solomon Brothers where he completed over twenty software company acquisitions and sales. From 2000 to 2006 , Mr. Wade served as Chairman and CEO of a public software development company where he was responsible for acquiring or establishing the commercial development of many leading software products. Mr. Wade has also consulted with other companies such as Alliance One in the development of proprietary inside software into succesful outside products.
Mr. Wade is a member of the Board of Directors of NexMed (OTC: NEXM), Command Security Corporation (OTC: CMMD) and Energy Transfer Group of Dallas, Texas.
Partner in Residence
Mr. Johan Lilliehöök has a long international career and a wide range of management experience from leading positions in marketing & sales; business development & general management for companies such as SCA Consumer Division, Tetra Pak, SCA Hospital Division, MacMillan Bloedel (Forestry), Harmac Pacific (forestry). His last position prior to starting up his own consultancy firm was General Manager Europe for Pope and Talbot, a privately held forestry firm in Portland USA.
He has since been engaged as a management consultant for AB Torkapparater where he has led the transformation of the company from being a producer of industrial dryers into a systems & licensee provider of torrefaction technology, this to meet the growing demand of bio-energy as a substitute for coal in power plants. Mr Lilliehöök has also been engaged in Northern Europe for Paccess LLC. Paccess is a supply chain integrator based in Portland, USA, who integrates procurement, logistics, distribution, and fulfilment services to meet customers need in the paper and packaging business.
Mr Lilliehöök holds a Master of Science degree from Linköpings Institute of Technology, Sweden. The program corresponds to a combined a degree in mechanical engineering and business administration. Mr Lilliehöök is also a founding Board Member of St John’s International School ASBL in Brussels, Belgium.
Partner in Residence
Mr. Bolstad has a wide range of management experience ranging from positions in telecom, food and banking industries throughout Europe. He has also worked several years as an independent consultant.
Prior to joining Catalyst, Mr. Bolstad served as Executive Vice President with Xantic in the Netherlands where he was responsible for land based satellite and broadcasting activities. Prior to his work at Xantic, Mr. Bolstad was Country Manager for Telenor Austria, overseeing the Telenor Group’s mobile, internet and satellite investments in the country. Mr Bolstad has also served as Deputy Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer for Telenor Satellite Services in Norway, one of the world’s largest providers of satellite maritime services and a major satellite broadcaster in Scandinavia. He has also served as a Chairman of the Board for numerous Telenor subsidiaries throughout Central and Eastern Europe. Mr. Bolstad was a Financial Controller in the Kraft General Foods Group and an analyst with Midland Montagu and Chase Manhattan Bank.
Mr. Bolstad holds a Master of the Arts in Business and Economics as well as an Engineering degree. Mr. Bolstad also studied at the Norwegian Air Officer Training School.
Shaen Bernhardt-von Bernhardi
Executive Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions
Mr. Bernhardt von Bernhardi began his professional career in the Enterprise Risk Services arm of Deloitte & Touche where he was responsible for identifying and mitigating operational risks for a variety of Global 1000 clients. Following his tenure at Deloitte he served as a Director of Business Development for PostX Corporation, and as a consultant for Merrill Corporation where he was responsible for developing and implementing early strategy and marketing efforts for the launch of Merrill’s flagship product, DataSite, an electronic deal room for Mergers and Acquisitions due diligence.
Mr. Bernhardt von Bernhardi holds a Bachelor of the Arts in International Relations from Boston University, a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business where he was also the recipient of the Eli Lilly Scholarship for Academic and Professional Merit. In addition, Mr. Bernhardt von Bernhardi studied International Finance at the Universität St. Gallen in St. Gallen, Switzerland and International Law at the Università degli Studi di Firenze in Florence, Italy.
Mr. Bernhardt von Bernhardi is an avid pilot, an experienced, ocean passage sailor, and a lifelong skier and hunter.
Khayal Algosaibi – Jones
Mr. Algosaibi-Jones has worked in Management Consulting for the past 8 years, and has been hands on with small to large scale projects, e.g. Toyota Brand Shift (Marketing & Advertisement), Organizational/Operational Restructuring of Khalifa Algosaibi Investment Co. to name a few.
Mr. Algosaibi-Jones holds a degree of Liberal Arts from Harvard University.
Mr. Algosaibi-Jones is an outdoorsman, who enjoys a range of surfing, horse riding, mountain biking and also Muay Thai kickboxing.
Jack H. Schwartz
Chief Technology Officer
Mr. Schwartz has more than 30 years of experience as a hands-on enterprise software technologist executive and product team builder, researching, envisioning, innovating, planning, designing, implementing, managing, teaching and evaluating software/hardware systems tools, applications, and SDLC methodologies and architectures.
Mr. Schwartz has served four times as Chief Technology Officer in small to medium sized enterprise web and mobile software product startups where he has led many teams and organizations to successful product delivery, revenue, market differentiation and funding.
Mr. Schwartz is an accomplished expert in the area of software systems architecture and engineering methodology, is a published technical author and teacher, and has served as an invited speaker at numerous technology forums.
Mr. Schwartz holds a Masters Degree from Brooklyn College and a B.A. from the University of Delaware with a strong academic background in theoretical and experimental cognitive science, and sensory perception, and a strong interest in applied physiological psychology in the area sensory prosthesis.
Executive in Residence
Mr. Fjeld has served as Senior Vice President of Engineering and Chief Information Officer for TheSupply, and prior to that as Vice President Information Technology and CIO for Siebel Systems. Before joining Siebel Systems, Mr. Fjeld had a successful 21-year career at Unisys Corporation. Where his last position was Vice President of Order and Quotes Management.
Mr. Fjeld holds a Bachelor of Sciences in Computer Science from the University of Oslo, in Oslo, Norway.
Kurt has an extensive background in international sales and marketing management having sold everything from car tires in Houston, Texas to retail banking delivery systems in over 20 different countries to over a ton of investment gold bars and coins. His accomplishments include being in the President’s Club for top sales in three different organizations.
For over past 20 years he has driven his own educational consulting company Expanding Understanding, specializing in effective communication in leadership, sales, service and teamwork. His workshops, seminars and coaching sessions focus upon the growing importance and leveraging effect of conscious body language. He has worked in these areas with organizations such as Ericsson, SEB and Sabre.
His passions include his family, jogging, Austrian economics and the study of conscious body language. He is also a certified International Body Harmony Teacher with over 20 years of hands-on experience in this conscious and soft touch method of bodywork. He is also the President elect of the Stockholm International Rotary Club, resides in Sweden and speaks the language fluently. He still loves to travel.
Mr. Örtegren is a highly experienced Key Account Manager and Marketing Specialist with experience working nationally and internationally with C-level positions from major companies. Mr. Örtegren serves as the Vice President/Co-Founder of US-based Quarter Oak Ranch LLC Est. 2013. Several years of B2B & B2C Service sales, Product sales and Marketing sales as well as product development.
Mr.Örtegrens career started as a highly recognized, internationally acclaimed professional athlete, which then lead him into the corporate business world.