Frode L. Odegard
Founder & CEO
Frode is a thought leader in disruptive innovation and organizational design. He led LSI’s decade-long effort of reinventing Lean for modern knowledge work, resulting in the Lean Systems Framework™. The methodology has been used in larger organizations such as Lockheed, Honeywell and Schibsted as well as in smaller firms across many industries. For this contribution Frode was made a Fellow of the Lean Systems Society.
Frode’s second major contribution goes beyond Lean Thinking to the heart of the dramatic disruption from exponential technologies that we see today. Researching 12,000 years of human organizations, he concluded that we are transitioning to a post-industrial civilization and economy. This means that a fundamentally different set of ideas and principles must now be used as we innovate, develop organizations, design jobs and pursue careers. The result of this work is Post-Lean Thinking — management science for the post-industrial transition.
Frode has more than 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur and trusted advisor to high-tech executives. Before founding LSI in 2004, Frode was the CEO and founder of Ødegård Labs, Inc. in 1991, a software engineering research and consulting firm. In 1996 he founded Ødegård Media, an early online content developer. While attending high school, Frode in 1986 founded his first company, M2CS, a startup building next-generation tools for embedded software development.
Originally from Norway, Frode immigrated to California in 1990. His biggest passions aside from work are philosophy, history, mathematics, historical linguistics and Aikido. He resides in Silicon Valley, but spends much of his time traveling overseas. He is always looking for another dojo to visit.
Tom has over 25 years of financial and operations experience in technology, media, and consumer products companies ranging in size from start-up to Fortune 100 global enterprises. He helped raise over $150M in venture financing, and played a key role in successful exits totaling $500M. In addition to his work with LSI, Tom is also the Managing Partner of Sunstone Group, a management consulting practice that specializes in helping early-stage and high-growth companies build the essential foundations for success.
Prior to founding Sunstone Group, Tom was a partner with Ravix Group, the leading startup consulting firm in Silicon Valley. Tom He previously the CFO and COO for several venture backed companies in technology, media, and consumer products. He co-founded DART Partners, an investment firm specializing in underperforming mid-sized companies, and was with Bank of America’s venture capital and private equity group. Tom has an M.B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University and a degree in Computer Engineering from University of California, Santa Barbara.
VP of Business Development
Michael has a long track record in building business enterprises from the start-up to the corporate level. He held executive positions in Marketing and Distribution/Sales with CBS Records (Columbia Records) and CBS Television. Michael also developed and managed International Sales for home video start-up Vestron Video (IPO/NYSE, 1985) and headed the Ancillary Markets Division for Columbia/Tristar (Sony Pictures).
Following his corporate career, he founded his own companies in consulting, technology and content. In addition to facilitating over $100 million in sales for clients, Michael founded and sold Aviva International, an innovative and leading independent in video digital distribution. After serving as the Director, Mobile Content at SanDisk, he resumed his consulting practice with such clients as Wikipedia, Creative Commons, Coca-Cola and Stanford University.
A native of Silicon Valley, Michael holds a BA and MBA from Stanford University. He currently serves as the Treasurer for the Stanford Graduate School of Business Alumni Association. He has also worked in the US Congress and Senate and as an professional on-air radio personality/DJ.
Dr. Eythor Ivar Jonsson
VP of Research
In addition to his work with PLI, Eythor is the Managing Director of Accelerate Business in Denmark and Center for Corporate Governance in Iceland in association with the Copenhagen Business School and University of Iceland. In 2006 he founded an advisory board program in collaboration with Copenhagen Business School which has spawned advisory boards for more than 100 fast-growing Nordic companies.
Eythor has created programs for Icelandic companies to improve the corporate governance in association with NASDAQ OMX, Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of industries, as well as accounting firms like KPMG, PWC and Deloitte. He has published more than 700 articles for specialized journals and magazines about business and economics and earned his doctorate in business administration from the Henley Business School at the University of Reading.
VP of Client Services
Arne has a deep background in Agile software development and in particular Scrum. He is a veteran consultant and business developer in the Scandinavian IT industry with additional global experience in Europe and Asia. Arne brings with him extensive experience from working in management teams, and he has a track record of combining people, processes and products to successfully build and execute long term strategies. For more than 15 years, Arne has helped industry leaders such as Ericsson, Telenor, Telia, ABB, Volvo and Saab. He is a Certified Scrum Trainer and has personally trained thousand of developers and managers in software best practices.