DNV GL has appointed a Chief Digital Transformation Officer. Klas Bendrik will take up the role in September and has been hired to support DNV GL’s digitalization and IT strategy. He will be based at DNV GL’s headquarters in Høvik, Norway.
He joins from Gartner, where he was executive partner and vice president for Research & Services in Sweden and Denmark. Previously he held several executive positions at Volvo Car Group, including chief information officer.
DNV GL president and chief executive Remi Eriksen said:“Digitalization is central to our strategy. DNV GL invests 5 per cent of its revenue on research, development and innovation, and now more than 60 per cent of this is dedicated to our digital transformation. I am confident that Klas Bendrik will help us to leverage the full potential of operating in an increasingly digital world.
“With Klas Bendrik on-board, we strengthen our team for the future. His experience from executive roles within industries such as automotive, electronics, manufacturing and consulting – combined with his knowledge of digital transformations, IT and customer focused service innovation – will be of great value for our customers and DNV GL”.
At the beginning of the year, DNV GL formed a dedicated Digital Solutions organization by consolidating its digital business across the group, headed by Elisabeth Heggelund Tørstad.
Digital Solutions is now one of five business areas within DNV GL. Digital Transformation, a newly-established group function, will support the whole organization on its digital transformation and will have a focus on creating value for DNV GL’s customers.
In the past year DNV GL has launched a data management platform called Veracity and transfered 90 000 certificates to a private blockchain, becoming the first in the certification industry to leverage this technology.
Bendrik said: “Digital transformation is the integration of digital technology into all areas of a business, fundamentally changing how you operate and deliver value to customers. It is also a cultural change that requires organizations to continually challenge the status quo”.