Huddly welcomes new CFO, Øystein Drageset!
Welcome to the team Øystein Drageset, who joined Huddly as our new Chief Financial Officer earlier this month! Øystein holds a dual Master’s degree in Business Economics and Finance, from NHH in Bergen, Norway, and from Bond University on the Australian Gold Coast. His impressive career spans more than 20 years and includes leadership positions at global companies such as Statoil, TANDBERG, Circle K and Scatec Solar.
Huddly CEO Jonas Rinde welcomes Øystein to Huddly, saying: “We are delighted to have Øystein join the team at such an exciting time for Huddly. He brings with him a wealth of high-level financial expertise which I’m confident will prove invaluable as Huddly continues to scale and grow. Like myself and others here, Øystein is also an ex-Tandberger, so he has a deep understanding of our industry and the added bonus of being a great culture fit for Huddly as well.”
We sat down to talk to Øystein about his fortuitous route to his profession, his admiration for Huddly’s engineering culture, the importance of our strategic partnerships, and why it’s such an exciting time to be joining the company.
Hi Øystein, welcome to the team! We are so pleased to have you on board. You’ve been here for a few weeks now, what is your first impression?
I have to say, I’m really enjoying myself here at Huddly. The people have been fantastic and I can feel the enthusiasm throughout the organization.
You have such a fantastic background and experience. Why did you decide to go into finance?
As a young man, I had a difficult choice to make between studying finance or engineering. I applied to two universities, one for each subject. In the end, a series of happy coincidences led me to study finance and I’ve never looked back. I have maintained a keen interest in engineering ever since, which has been reflected in my career path and my decision to join the Huddly team.
When it comes to your work experience, what parts of it are particularly relevant for Huddly?
I have pretty broad experience in all areas of finance, which is crucial for a finance role in a lean organization like Huddly. In addition to that, all my previous experience has been in international companies like Huddly which is also helpful.
What made you decide to join Huddly?
I think that Huddly has incredible potential, which I would distinguish in two ways – technology and growth.
I have always been very interested in engineering and in R&D. I am deeply impressed by what the engineers here have achieved already with our platform. Our team is truly at the forefront of this technology and I think, more importantly, I have great belief that we will be able to build on that position going forward. To continue to innovate and lead in an technology space like this, it takes a culture and organizational structure that is designed to achieve this. I am actually reminded very much of the spirit I knew from the old Tandberg innovation culture, where I first met many of my Huddly colleagues. To achieve sustainable growth, you have to continuously develop yourself and stay first on the technology. I think that we already are there and that we have the capabilities to continue to be there in the future, building on the IQ platform.
As for the growth stage, Huddly has already grown significantly, but it is still a relatively small company with huge potential for future growth. The fact that we have already signed partnership agreements with market leaders like Google and Crestron is proof of our technology so far. Deals like those are obviously very important from a Marketing point of view, but the signaling effect towards other players in the market is arguably even more important. To have landed those big customers, among others like NEC, Zoom, LifeSize and Avocor at an early stage is a fantastic achievement.
For me, it is a very exciting time to be joining the team – we have a massive opportunity in front of us and I’m delighted to be able to play a part in what I’m sure will be a very successful time to come.
Thank you for your time, Øystein! We are delighted too, and look forward to working with you!