Change in KMD’s top management: Eva Berneke leaves KMD and Per Johansson takes over as CEO
One of the key players in the Nordic IT sector changes CEO. After seven years at the head of KMD, Eva Berneke has resigned as CEO of the Denmark based IT group. Per Johansson will become the new CEO on 1 April. Per Johansson has been recruited from within the company, where he has been a member of the top management since 2018.
The Nordic IT group KMD, a wholly owned NEC Corporation subsidiary, is getting a new chief executive. On 1 April, Per Johansson will take over as CEO from Eva Berneke, who has resigned from her position.
Per Johansson has been recruited from within KMD, where he has been Executive Vice President and a member of the top management since 2018.
“Since the acquisition of KMD in 2019, we’ve embarked on a successful integration and business development,” says Masakazu Yamashina, Chairman of the Board of Directors of KMD and Executive Vice President of NEC Corporation. “The Board and NEC Corporation have enjoyed a strong collaboration with Eva Berneke, we’re proud of what we’ve achieved so far, and we look forward to expanding on our synergies. We accept Eva Berneke’s desire to start a new chapter of her life, and we wish her all the best going forward. Per Johansson is a natural choice to take over the leadership of the KMD Group. He has great understanding of the international software arena and will be able to take us to the next level of our strategic journey together with the management team and all the employees of the Group.”
Domestic and international focus
Per Johansson is looking forward to taking on the new role at KMD and sees great potential for the continuous development of the KMD Group as part of NEC Corporation.
“KMD has shown great strategic development for a number of years, and the NEC ownership is a solid foundation for the next steps of the strategic journey,” says Per Johansson. “Our key task is keeping our strong domestic focus while expanding and accelerating the international footprint of our scalable software business. I’m looking forward to the new assignment in collaboration with all KMD Group employees, fellow members of the management, the Board and owners from NEC. I’m also looking forward to meeting a lot of customers and listening to their thoughts and business needs.”
Time for a new chapter
After seven years as CEO of KMD, overseeing the successful integration of KMD into the NEC family, it is time for Eva Berneke to move on.
“It’s been an exciting journey to lead KMD through the past seven years, with a lot of change and new ventures,” says Eva Berneke. “KMD has evolved from being a local IT provider focused on serving the Danish public sector to becoming a Nordic multisector IT software and solutions company. I’m extremely pleased and proud to leave KMD in the hands of a bright leadership team which has been able to deliver a strong new CEO. I’m certain that KMD will be in great hands with Per at the helm, and I look forward to seeing the company continue to grow and prosper together with NEC.”
After almost 14 years in Denmark, Eva Berneke will relocate with her family back to Paris, where she lived from 1998 to 2007. She will continue her board involvement at LEGO, Vestas and the Danish Central Bank, and will devote more time to her most recent board position at the French Grande École, École Polytechnique in Paris.
About Per Johansson
Per Johansson joined KMD as Executive Vice President in 2018. He oversees the KMD Group’s business with the financial service industry.
He came to KMD as former EVP for Financial Services at the Nordic IT company, now known as TietoEvry. Between 2013 and 2017, he also headed the Swedish branch of the company. Per Johansson joined TietoEvry in 2009 from a position as managing director with the current CGI. He also previously held positions at Atos.
Per Johansson is Swedish and has a degree in Marketing from the University of Lund, Sweden, and an MBA from the University of Warwick, UK. He currently lives in Lund with his Danish wife Anette and has two adult daughters living in Copenhagen. In his spare time, he enjoys playing tennis, reading and travelling.
KMD, one of the largest Danish IT companies, develops and delivers software and service solutions for local government, central government and the private sector in Denmark as well as chosen segments in Scandinavia. The KMD Group has subsidiaries in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Poland. KMD has more than 1,500 Danish and international customers from the public and private sectors, including around 800 Danish and international companies. The KMD Group has annual revenue of around DKK 5.4 billion and approximately 3,200 employees. KMD is a subsidiary of NEC Corporation, a global leader in the integration of IT and network technologies.
About NEC Corporation
NEC Corporation has established itself as a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies while promoting the brand statement of “Orchestrating a brighter world.” NEC enables businesses and communities to adapt to rapid changes taking place in both society and the market as it provides for the social values of safety, security, fairness and efficiency to promote a more sustainable world where everyone has the chance to reach their full potential. For more information, visit NEC at https://www.nec.com
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