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Executive Management

Thinfilm’s leadership is active around the globe.

Spanning four countries and three continents, Thinfilm’s executive team is building a truly international company.

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Dr. Davor Sutija, CEO

Dr. Davor Sutija is CEO of Thin Film Electronics ASA.  Prior to joining Thinfilm in January 2010, he was Senior Vice President, Product Marketing, at FAST, a Microsoft subsidiary, and founding CEO at SiNOR AS (now REC-SiTech), a producer of electronic and PV-grade silicon ingots.  He was elected to the board of the Organic Electronics Association in 2012 and has served on the boards of technology firms SensoNor, Birdstep, and Owera. Dr. Sutija graduated from the Jerome Fisher Management and Technology program at the Wharton School, and has a Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley, in Chemical Engineering. He was a Hertz Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley Labs.

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John Afzelius-Jenevall, Chief Financial Officer

John Afzelius-Jenevall joined Thinfilm August 1st 2013. Previously he was Vice President, Corporate Development at Orkla ASA. He has also served as Portfolio Manager at Catella Capital Management and at Nordea, and was awarded the distinction ‘Star Manager of the Year’ by Morningstar. Mr. Afzelius-Jenevall completed his MS in Engineering at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm and is also a CFA charterholder with a BS in Economics.

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Dr. Christer Karlsson, Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Karlsson is Chief Technology Officer of Thin Film Electronics ASA. He holds a Ph.D. from Linköping University in 1994, and served six years as Researcher, Project Manager, and Deputy Research Director at the National Defence Research Establishment, Linköping, Sweden. He joined Thinfilm in 2000 and has served as project manager, group manager, and Technology Director.

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Jennifer Ernst, Chief Strategy Officer

Ms. Jennifer Ernst leads strategic roadmap and partnership development activities for Thin Film Electronics ASA. She joined Thinfilm in 2011, having worked in printed electronics for more than a decade. She currently serves as vice chair of the Governing Board for FlexTech Alliance, the USA national consortium on printed and flexible electronics. Prior to joining Thinfilm in 2011, she was Director, Business Development at PARC, a Xerox company, where she built international partnerships to commercialize work from the Electronic Materials and Devices Lab. She holds an MBA from Santa Clara University and a BA from San Francisco State University.

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Dr. Peter Fischer, Chief Product Officer

Dr. Fischer joined Thinfilm in January 2014. His previous assignments include CTO at Plastic Logic, and earlier in his career, Director, Back-end Products at Qimonda and Senior Manager, Front-end Process Integration at Infineon Technologies. He was elected to the board of the Organic Electronics Association in 2011 and 2013. In 2012, Dr. Fischer was named one of the top “Forty Innovators Building the Foundation of the Next-gen Electronics Industry” by EETimes. He holds a diploma and Ph.D. in Physics from University of Magdeburg.

 

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Kai Leppänen, Chief Commercial Officer

Kai Leppänen leads global sales for Thinfilm and co-leads the Company’s field application engineering group. He joined Thinfilm in August 2013 as Vice President of Sales and Business Development in Europe. Prior to Thinfilm, Mr. Leppänen was Senior Vice President of global tier-1 accounts at Opera Software ASA, where he successfully executed strategic deals that cemented Opera’s growth in the Internet browser market. He also held senior roles at Symbian, 12snap Mobile Advertising, Anthropics Technology, and GP Bullhound in London, UK. Mr. Leppänen holds an MSc degree in Information System Management from South Bank University, London and a BA Hons degree in International Business from Greenwich University, London.

 

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Dr. Henrik Sjöberg, Senior Vice President of Product Management

Dr. Sjöberg joined Thinfilm in March 2013 as Vice President, System Products. He joined the management team in Nov 2013. Previously he has for more than 10 years held a number of Director positions, both within R&D and Product Management, at Micronic Mydata. Henrik also spent a few years with ACREO and has a Ph.D. in Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.