Kristengård has been acting chief executive since June and took on the role permanently at the beginning of this month. He has been working for Maritech since 2010, the last six years as chief operating officer, and has extensive experience related to management and IT development, the company said in a press release.
“Maritech has grown rapidly and become a leading software company with global reach. We are convinced Odd Arne is the right person to lead the company through the next phase of consolidation and development,” said chair Mette Kamsvåg.
“Since 2014, we have delivered an annual growth rate of 23%, at the same time we have built an extremely strong team and world-class solutions,” said Kristengård.
“We have become a company that the very best want to work for.”
Maritech, which currently has 109 employees and offices in Norway, the United States, Canada, Chile and Iceland, develops and delivers digital tools that streamline and increase profitability for seafood businesses, including solutions for trading, automation and traceability. It is a majority owner in the seafood analysis company Sea Data Centre in Iceland.
In October last year Maritech acquired Timpex, a leading provider of logistics software for the Norwegian transport industry, and this year it added IoT company Lillebakk AS to its portfolio.
Maritech is owned by aquaculture investor Broodstock Capital Partners, which includes net cleaner maker MPI, on-land fish farm supplier Billund Aquaculture, and aquaculture water filter maker NP Innovation in its portfolio.