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Mintra strengthens senior leadership team with appointment of Kjetil Flood as CCO

29 / 09 / 2021

Mintra has promoted Kjetil Flood to the position of chief commercial officer, following the recent appointment of Torbjørn Blom-Hagen as chief financial officer. The two new appointments to Mintra's senior leadership team will support the company's strategic aims of achieving organic and structural growth.

Mintra, the Norway-headquartered learning technology and human capital management software specialist, has appointed Kjetil Flood to the position of chief commercial officer. The move further strengthens the senior leadership team following the recent appointment of Torbjørn Blom-Hagen to the role of chief financial officer.

Prior to stepping up to the CCO role - which became vacant when previous incumbent Kevin Short was appointed chief executive officer - Bergen-based Mr Flood was international sales director for the UK and Europe. He joined Mintra when it acquired OCS HR in 2014.

The appointment will support Mintra's strategic growth programme, which focuses on expansion through acquisition, moving into new geographic regions and adding new safety-critical industries to its core customer portfolio of energy and maritime.

A veteran of Scandinavia's technology industry, Mr Flood has worked in high-level commercial roles for major companies including Altea and TietoEvry, the region's largest suppliers of IT hardware and software respectively. He was also involved in the launch of Norway's first commercial television broadcasting station, TV2.

He predicts that Mintra will continue its rapid expansion in the maritime industry, where it is now considered a credible challenger to the dominant supplier in the sector. This year it acquired the German-headquartered maritime digital learning and crew competence management specialists, Safebridge, and made a significant investment into doubling the number of industry-specific courses in its eLearning library.

Mr Flood said: "Following the launch of our new and expanded maritime eLearning library and the extremely positive response to our content and the technology on which we deliver it, we can see many more opportunities to expand heavily into the maritime segment.

"Our other core market is energy and while we are a major player in the UK and Norway, there are significant prospects to grow our market share in other regions including Asia, USA and South America. Our experience and track record will enable us to benefit from the strong shift towards renewables, where being a valued partner will support companies in developing the competencies and skills required to stay compliant, as well as ensuring the safety of workforces."

Mr Flood's appointment follows on from last month's announcement that Torbjørn Blom-Hagen has taken up the position of chief financial officer. Mr Blom-Hagen onboarded mid-September. He is based in the company's Oslo office and has significant experience within finance and M&A.

The two appointments further emphasize Mintra's growth agenda both organically and structurally going forward.