Being the latest addition to the Standout Capital team, we welcome Carl Johan Kask! Read his short blog post below.
Carl Johan Kask
I am joining from Iver, a leading IT managed services company where I held the role as Head of Corporate Development over the last 3 years, being part of the Group Management Team. At Iver I was responsible for M&A, Strategy and Integration and played a very important role in building the company into a leading player in the Nordics. When I joined the firm the annual turnover was <1 billion kronor, today run-rate revenues are close to 3 billion kronor. During my tenure we acquired 10 companies with a variety of services and competencies. During my time at the company we also changed ownership. Prior to that I have had corporate strategy and M&A roles at Intrum and Telia, two leading companies in their respective industry. Similar to all three corporates that I worked for is that they were all undergoing significant transformational change, as the sector in which they all operates faces continued structural change. Before my corporate roles, I worked in London both as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch and also as an investment professional at american multi-asset firm Oaktree Capital for 5 years.
I have experience being on all sides of the table both as an advisor, an investor and now most recently as an operator in a corporate environment. This has given me first hand experience into how people think faced with different situations. I believe that this background have given me the ability to better understand and navigate what entrepreneurs and management view as important factors in their daily operations. With the significant transaction experience I have combined with the industry knowledge from the telecom and tech industries I should be able to bring value to the Standout team.
I am truly excited to join the great team at Standout Capital and really look forward to get to know not only my future team-members much better but also our portfolio companies and the people behind those great companies. I believe Standout is in a great position to really excel in the sectors and geographies where we are present. I cannot wait to contribute to ensure we maintain that very impressive historic track record of investing and ability to build great companies.