Gudbrand comes to GN from a position as President for the Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry division of Thermo Fisher Scientific, a US-based Fortune 500 company.
According to GN’s announcement, Gudbrand has more than 15 years of international leadership experience from his diverse career at Thermo Fisher. Today, Gudbrand is the leader for the Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry division of Thermo Fisher responsible for yearly revenues of around DKK 16 billion (USD $2.43 billion) and 6,500 employees. He has had multiple senior management positions within Thermo Fisher Scientific. Gudbrand has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU).
“It is an incredible honor for me to join GN Group and GN Hearing and serve a company with such a proud history of innovation,” said Gudbrand. “While the business has achieved great success, we now stand at the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution. New cloud and software-based technologies will shape the industry in which we operate and the meaning of how customers use our solutions to make life sound better.”
“As we prepare for the next phase of growth of GN Store Nord, I am very pleased to welcome Jakob to GN as our new CEO for GN Hearing,” said Chairman Per Wold-Olsen. “We are at an inflection point with modern technology in the hearing aid space as well as new market dynamics—especially as it relates to the important US market. To move forward with a leader that has in-depth and hands-on experience from the US market as well as the ‘genes’ of Denmark is unique and will serve GN well.”
Following Gudbrand’s appointment, GN Store Nord’s Executive Management will consist of: Jakob Gudbrand, CEO of GN Hearing; René Svendsen-Tune, CEO of GN Audio; Marcus Desimoni, CFO of GN Store Nord and GN Hearing.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Technical University of Denmark
2016 – 2018: President, Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry, Thermo Fisher Scientific, US
2011 – 2015: Vice President and General Manager, Thermo Fisher Scientific, US
2011 – 2011: Vice President, Integration, Thermo Fisher Scientific, US
2008 – 2010: Vice President, Commercial Americas, Thermo Fisher Scientific, US
2003 – 2008: General Manager, UK & Ireland, Thermo Fisher Scientific and Dionex, UK
1994 – 2003: Various Sales and General Manager roles at Radiometer and Dionex, Denmark
Source: GN Group