Rune Jensen

Rune Jensen

Senior Partner

Stavanger

rj@evpe.com

I joined EV in 2015 as Senior Partner. I have a particular interest in supporting leadership behaviours and capabilities as part of an overall strategy to create world-leading portfolio companies and have had a functional lead role in EV with regards to the stewardship we offer to our portfolio companies. I enjoy the transformative growth and impact we as EV can have through an active and close partnership with the Executive Teams and other Board Members.

I started my career with Statoil (now Equinor) back in 1981 as one of two employees covering all commercial aspects for Natural Gas Liquids. Building the global client portfolio, as well as being the Statoil representative in various kinds of transport and processing opportunities with other oil majors and international petrochemical companies, gave me a steep technical and commercial learning curve.

In 1987, I co-founded a Financial Services start-up which became a  leading Norwegian player. I was proud to accept the position of CEO in 1990 at the age of 33, enjoying both the responsibility, influence and the hard work that came with such a position.

I later became CEO of a global Publishing house responsible for operations across ten countries, and successfully opened up two new countries before returning back to Norway after six years abroad.

I was then offered the position of CEO of Allianse. After a business turnaround, strong organic and structural growth and IPO on the Oslo Stock Exchange, the company was picked up by a leading Norwegian IT player, returning 4.9x of capital invested.

I later established the Private Equity Fund Progressus with local capital. During this time I held the role of Chairman and at times Executive Chairman for the videoconferencing company Viju, where we grew revenues from NOK 80 million to NOK 850 million during our 10 year ownership period. In 2015 we decided to join forces with EV Private Equity who on their side were looking for growth investment professionals.

Education: MSc in Finance from Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH).

Board Member: Westwood Global Energy Group, Trainor, Add energy Group and Safran Software Solutions.