BALLERUP, DENMARK — The GN Group announced today the appointment of Jakob Gudbrand as CEO of GN Hearing and member of GN Store Nord’s Executive Management, effective as of February 18, 2019. The announcement comes following the resignation of Anders Hedegaard as CEO of GN Hearing in October of this year.
Gudbrand comes to GN from a position as President for the Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry division, a large division part of Thermo Fisher Scientific, which is a US-based Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
“As we prepare for the next phase of growth of GN Store Nord, I am very pleased to welcome Jakob to GN as our new CEO for GN Hearing. We are at an inflection point with modern technology in the hearing aid space as well as new market dynamics – especially as it relates to the important US market. To move forward with a leader that has in-depth and hands-on experience from the US market as well as the “genes” of Denmark is unique and will serve GN well”
—Per Wold-Olsen, Chairman
According to the company press release, Gudbrand brings more than 15 years of broad based international leadership experience from his tenure at Thermo Fisher, where he has held multiple senior management positions and was responsible for annual revenues of approximately $2.5 billion USD and 6,500 employees.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Technical University of Denmark
2016 – 2018: President, Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry, Thermo Fisher Scientific, US
2011 – 2015: Vice President and General Manager, Thermo Fisher Scientific, US
2011 – 2011: Vice President, Integration, Thermo Fisher Scientific, US
2008 – 2010: Vice President, Commercial Americas, Thermo Fisher Scientific, US
2003 – 2008: General Manager, UK & Ireland, Thermo Fisher Scientific and Dionex, UK
1994 – 2003: Various Sales and General Manager roles at Radiometer and Dionex, Denmark
Following appointment, GN Store Nord’s Executive Management will consist of: Jakob Gudbrand, CEO of GN Hearing; René Svendsen-Tune, CEO of GN Audio; Marcus Desimoni, CFO of GN Store Nord and GN Hearing.
“It is an incredible honor for me to join GN Group and GN Hearing and serve a company with such a proud history of innovation. While the business has achieved great success, we now stand at the forefront of the 4th industrial revolution. New cloud and software-based technologies will shape the industry in which we operate and the meaning of how customers use our solutions to make life sound better,” said Gudbrand.