Board & Management

Board

The Board is the company’s highest administrative body nominated during the Annual General Meeting. OptiCept’s board work is governed by applicable laws and recommendations, as well as by the board’s rules of procedure, which are established annually. The rules of procedure contain, among other things, rules for the division of work between the Board and the CEO, financial reporting and auditing issues.

The instructions for the CEO regulate customary areas such as his commitments to the company and the board, including responsibility for and tasks concerning ongoing delivery to the board of appropriate reports that are relevant to the fulfillment of the board’s assessment task concerning the company. The CEO shall ensure that ongoing planning, including business plans and budgets, is prepared and submitted to the Board for the Board’s decisions.

Ulf Hagman

Chairman of the board

Ulf Hagman has an education in both agricultural and business economics. He has more than 30 years of experience holding various positions within the flower, fruit, and vegetable industries. From 2002-2006 Ulf worked as director of finance at Euroflorist, which is Europes largest distributor of flowers. From 2016 till today he has worked as a management consultant as well as multiple board assignments. 

Michael Kester

Board member

Michael Kester recently retired from Syngenta Flowers. Michael had a long career within Syngenta where he started in 1979 at ICI Holland BV. He started his career in plant protection before developing towards marketing and sales. Michael Kester has been stationed at various geographical locations for Syngenta and has been active in multiple management positions to grow the business. His most recent position was as the global director of “flower seeds” and was a part of the group management. He has a B.SC. in horticulture and an MBA from NIMA. He is independent concerning the company management and to any major owners.

Elisabeth Yllfors

board member

Elisabeth Yllfors has been a member of the board at OptiFreeze since 2017. Yllfors manages a consultancy firm specialized in business development and management. Yllfors has board experience from the food industry and was previously Nordic Marketing Director and CEO at Findus. She also held management positions at Unilever and within Nestlé.

Petr Dejmek

Board member

Petr Dejmek has been a board member for OptiFreeze since 2015. Dr. Dejmek is professor emeritus at Lunds University, he’s an engineer and doctor of technology. He studied mechanical engineering in former Czechoslovakia, process engineering in Germany, and food technology in Sweden. Dr. Dejmek is the founding innovator and originator of the patented technology that was the foundation of OptiFreeze. Dr.Dejmek has experience in product development at Alfa Laval in Sweden and Denmark and has been a professor at Lunds University since 1989. He has published over 100 scientific reports. 

Anders Hättmark

board member

Anders Hättmark, born in 1961, has many years of experience in the management of the majority of companies, including OptiFreeze and ArcAroma. He also has an extensive experience in business development and improving profitability and competitiveness of companies. He is also a major shareholder and board member of Veg of Lund. Anders Hättmark is independent in relation to the company and to larger shareholders. Anders Hättmark currently owns 170,365 shares in OptiCept Technologies.

Management

Thomas Lundqvist

CEO

Born in 1969, he assumed his post as CEO in 2022. Thomas Lundqvist holds a master of Science in industrial engineering and management from the University of Linköping. He also holds an Executive MBA from EFL, Lund University. He has more than 20 years of experience in leading key positions in the field of technology for the food industry. Positions he has been holding are, among others, Director Group up Technical Service at Ecolean AB, Operations Director and Aftermarket Director at JBT AB, as well as different positions at FMC Technologies and Frigoscandia Equipment. Thomas has a proven track record when it comes to international growth and has during his career helped many companies to achieve increased sales and profitability. Thomas Lundqvist is independent in relation to the company and to larger shareholders. Thomas Lundqvist owns a total of 1.100 shares in the company and 50.000 warrants. 

Henrik Heringslack

CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Henrik Heringslack, born 1976, trained as a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and has over the years immersed himself in educations in Management, Leadership and Organizational Development. Henrik has 20 years of international management and leadership experience from R & D, Operations and Project organizations, he has focused on organizational development and its deliveries in accordance with the business goals of companies for companies such as Sony Ericsson, Axis Communications and Vestas. Over the years, Henrik has applied his leadership in innovative and expansive organizations with a focus on making new technologies commercially viable and being responsible for project installations in several countries with business and P&L responsibility

Mats Narfeldt

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Mats Narfeldt, born 1970, holds an International degree in Economics from Lund University and business studies at the University of Passau in Germany. He has experience from positions as controller and CFO in Swedish and foreign companies, both within groups and Mercedes-Benz as well as in smaller entrepreneurial companies. Mats has been CFO of ArcAroma and OptiFreeze since 2020 and since the merged of OptiCept since 2021.

Fredrik Cedmert

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Fredrik Cedmert was born in 1967 and is trained in technology and economics. Fredrik has held leading positions in the electronics industry, where he worked with building organizations and supply chains, with leading positions including in Sourcing, IT and Supply Chain. With extensive experience to go from concept to finished product in fast-growing organizations such as. Flextronics and Jabra, where Fredrik worked and lived in e.g. USA and Asia

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