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Idar Kirkhorn new CEO at Vianova Systems

Idar Kirkhorn (45) is appointed new CEO and Managing Director at Vianova Systems AS, following Merete Tøndel who has concluded her five years as CEO. The company, which is owned by the employees, has a profound policy of shifting its CEO every 4-5 years. 

Idar Kirkhorn took over the leadership of Vianova Systems January 1st 2013 after 16 years working for the company. Kirkhorn is educated a civil engineer from the Norwegian Technical University (NTNU). In addition to a strong diverse technical and strategic management experience from his past years at Vianova Systems, he has earlier strong professional experience from the consulting industry as well as from NPRA, the Norwegian Public Roads Administration. At Vianova Systems Kirkhorn has had varied positions, both as a product developer and manager, and has worked closely with both customers and developers. He has been part of the executive team for many years.

– With employees and partners spread across many countries, my main job will be to ensure that the organization acts as one entity, and that we have fun and make room for creativity, says Idar Kirkhorn. – Everything to give our customers a constantly better working day.

In recent years Kirkhorn has also been responsible for Vianova Systems´ new product innovation Novapoint 19DCM, which is the industry's first modelling platform representing true “BIM for infrastructure” – the future´s model-based way of planning and maintaining infrastructure.

The transition from a drawing-based to a model-based work methodology in the industry is still in its infancy. Vianova Systems is a pioneer now bringing the benefits of BIM to all players in the infrastructure industry. 

– We want to help with everything we can from our experience and commitment, in order to make the industry and the community gaining the benefits of the new model-way of working, says Kirkhorn.

– As one of few software providers in the world providing products and expertise within all phases of the infrastructure industry, we are confident we will contribute considerably to an exciting future in the years ahead.

– Vianova Systems is actually 25 years this year, and it has been a very interesting journey so far. Something tells me however that the most exciting period lies ahead of us, concludes CEO Idar Kirkhorn.

Merete Tøndel now takes on a strategic international business development role to help ensure such an exciting development. She will continue to be part of the executive team.

For more information, please contact:

Idar Kirkhorn, Vianova Systems AS

Tel: +47 976 86 528



Merete Tøndel, Vianova Systems AS

Tel: +47 957 47 288


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