With an extensive background in Schibsted, Ryssdal brings in a wealth of experience. He served as the CEO of Schibsted from 2009 to 2018 and subsequently held the position of CEO at Adevinta from 2018 to 2022. During his tenure, he played a pivotal role in transforming Schibsted/Adevinta into the world's leading global player in online marketplaces for classified ads.
Ryssdal has solid experience from board work and is currently Chairman of the Board in Sikri Group and Board member in Orkla.
- Simployer is a company with great potential for future growth. I am eagerly anticipating the opportunity to collaborate with a competent management team and be a part of the company's ongoing journey.
Ryssdal takes over from Frode Haugli, who has been chairman of Simployer for the past 8 years.
Rigged for growth
Simployer, with over 15,000 customers and more than 1.2 million users, has established itself as the preferred HR choice in Scandinavia. The company's unique combination of HR technology and expertise tailored to local markets has put the company in a good position for growth and success.
The investment company Ferd is the majority owner of Simployer, and Danjal Haaland Danjalsson, Investment Professional at Ferd Capital, emphasizes the importance of the appointment of Ryssdal as chairman of Simployer in the current growth phase:
- Ryssdal is genuinely concerned with the strategic importance of employees for companies' progress. He has created an international organisation in Schibsted through organic growth and acquisitions and has a good understanding of technology. These are qualities that Simployer will greatly benefit from in the future.
Moving beyond Norway and Sweden
For four decades, Simployer has been the market leader in the Scandinavian HR market. With around 350 employees in Sweden, Poland, Denmark and Norway, Simployer is constantly expanding. With Rolv Erik Ryssdal's experience and commitment, the company will continue its growth journey towards becoming a leading player in HR-tech in new markets outside Norway, Sweden and Denmark, Simployer CEO Vigleik Takle emphasizes:
- We are in a very exciting growth phase and have a clear ambition to take a leading role in Northern Europe within our segment. We are very excited to welcome our new Chairman of the Board. Ryssdal comes in with invaluable expertise and experience from, among other things, building leading brands and international growth which will be very important in our future success.