Fazer Food Services is the leading contract catering company in the Nordic region, offering customers delicious food and tailor-made service solutions. The company operates almost 1,100 restaurants in Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark.

In 2015 Fazer Group aquired three food service companies in Norway as part of their growth strategy. Wilberg Restaurants was the main asset to be aquired.

Fazer is Norways leading contract catering and is expanding into new markets regularly.

  • As part of the acquisitions Fazer needed to merge all four companies as well as organizations, and hence the finance- and accounting department needed to be reorganized.
  • In addition SAP was decided to be implemented and also completing that Fazer Norway is fully linked to the Fazwer Group finance and accounting operations.
  • Cato Svendsen have supported CFO and management in fulfilling the transition that started in 2015 and will be completed in 2016.
  • North Management delivered specialist resources hired in as contract professionals. All consultants are tailored to meet Fazers specific requirements.


Gerflor Group is one of Europe´s leading companies in the sector of vinyl flooring solutions for consumers and professionals. Gerflor is a highly specialized developer of flooring solutions meeting demands in multiple markets spanning from private homes, schools and hospitals, industry, office buildings to advanced sport-type floors.

Gerflor started on it´s own in Scandinavia in 2008 and has its headquarter in Vestby outside Oslo and separate departments in Sweden. Gerflor Scandinavia AS has increased sales by nearly 70% since start up in 2008 and is a major player also in the Nordic region.

  • Cato Svendsen has been Gerflor´s headhunter and resource advisor since the start up in 2008. His first task was to recruit Gerflors CEO in Scandinavia.

AGCO Eik senteret

AGCO is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural solutions. They work to help make today’s farmer more productive and profitable. Collection of brands is a large part of what makes AGCO so unique. Their brands are powerful and they’re modern; Challenger, Fendt, GSI, Massey Ferguson and Valtra.

Eikmaskin AS is a subsidiary of AGCO and engaged in import of agricultural machinery to Norway with headquarter at Kjeller outside of Oslo. Eikmaskin is organized as a franchise chain with 36 independent dealers and 15 subdivisions nationwide each branded as Eiksenteret. The chain had a turnover in 2014 of over 1.1 billion Norwegian kroner and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AGCO Corp. headquartered in Duluth, Georgia, USA.

  • Cato Svendsen has been Agco Corp and Eikmaskin´s headhunter and resource advisor since change of management in 2008. His first task was to recruit the new CEO, and has since supported the chain management on particular tasks.

Romerike Elektro

Romerike Elektro was established in 1996 and has developed specialized skills within electrical intallations for large and medium sized projects for the Building Industry at Romerike and in the Northern Part of the Oslo region, such as apartment buildings, shoppingmalls, infrastructure and public buildings. The company has a service department as well, serving the privat and professional market at Romerike. The company has 40 employees.

In 2016 Instalco AB aquired Romerike Elektro as part of a Nordic growth strategy. The Shareholders of Romerike Elektro reinvested a part of the renumeration into Instalco and becomes co-owners in the Nordic Group.

Instalco was established in 2014. The Group has an annual revenue of 2,200 MNOK. Instalco includes the companies Rörgruppen, PoB Elektriska, Klimatrör, VVS-Metoder, ORAB Entreprenad, OTK Klimatinstallationer, Rörläggaren, Expertkyl, Tofta plåt & ventilation AB, LG Contracting, El-pågarna, Ohmegi, El-Expressen, Bi-Vent, Vallacom and Voltmen OY.
Instalco’s vision is to establish a leading player within the industry with a high level of technical skills, efficient deliveries at the right time and with the capasity to execute solutions adding value for the customers.

North has been assisting Romerike Elektro in headhunting prime resources as new CEO and Chariman of the board, and business consulting prior to being aquired by Instalco.

Røros Rengjøringsbyrå

Røros Rengjøringsbyrå was established in 1972 and in 1986 Almåsstø took over the operation and development of the agency. Turnover in 2015 approximately 11 million nok and with 25 employees. The agency has developed a leading role in the Røros area as growth region between Trondheim and Tynset. The company owns its own locaton, separate laundry and warehouse facilities and is accepted as a full service provider in the region. In 2014 North Consultants was asked to assist the owner to restructure the company and make it ready for sale to new owner. Preferably a local partner. North led the due dilligience process as well as sales and handover to new owner. This also included onboarding for new management team.

The market
Customers are both public sector as private companies small and large and typical for the region.

Improvements after restructuring
Sales and customer care was strengthened and further improved profitability. An important focus was to re-establish the cleaning agency’s successful operating model. This also included further modernization and not least the establishment of new management team.

With the restructuring completed, new owners was able to benefit from a solidly built cleaning company with a strong market position. The operating model was further streamlined by new owner  and has thus provided even better profitability.

North assisted Røros Rengjøringsbyrå by placing an interim manager , full due diligence and restructure to lead the way for new owners. Svendsen and his team headhunted new prime resources as new manager, and supplied business consulting in the onboarding period lasting end of 2015.


REC was a fully integrated provider of solar solutions. Meaning they not only manufacture solar panels, but also everything that goes into them – from silicon, wafers, cells, to panels, and even going beyond by offering expert services and solutions. REC is the largest European brand of solar panels and in 2016 celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Through integrated manufacturing from polysilicon to wafers, cells, panels and turnkey solar solutions, REC strives to help meet the world’s growing energy needs. REC was founded in Norway in 1996, and in 2015 aquired by Norway´s Elkem Group (Bluestar Investment Co.Ltd.). REC´s operational headquarters is in Singapore.

REC concluded 2015 with 2,000 employees worldwide, 1.3 GW solar panel production capacity, and annual revenues of USD 755 million.

  • Cato Svendsen has been a headhunter and resource advisor since 2008 and handled several critical recruitment projects including international search.

In 2011 Svendsen was appointed Project Manager for handling down sizing in Norway as part of the company´s restructure during the financial crisis in 2008 – 2010.

Norwegian Crystals

Norwegian Crystals was founded in 2012, but has a long and proud Nordic heritage in the solar industry. The state-of-the-art facility in Glomfjord has a capacity of 200 MW to produce pure high-performance monocrystalline materials. The proprietary pulling process and design, together with cheap and abundant hydro power, enable a competitive cost position.

The plant in Glomfjord also have unique capability to cost-effectively produce both p-type and n-type mono blocks and wafers helping the customers to push the boundaries of cell efficiency well above 20%. As a result, Norwegian Crystals is fast becoming a sought-after source for mono materials.

The market is fast growing and it has been decided to go for expansion in order to meet the market demand.

North supported the management in the following activities:

  • Plant Manager, management for hire
  • Production performance and improvement processes
  • Recruitment of Plant Manager and other key competences
  • Organization and communication and HR systems

Store Norske

Store Norske Spitsbergen Kulkompani / SNSK or simply Store Norske, is a Norwegian coal mining company based on the Svalbard archipelago. SNSK was founded in November 1916 and is headquartered in Longyearbyen at Svalbard. The company is 100 per cent owned by the Norwegian Government.

SNSK´s business consists of mining, business development through Store Norske Momentum and property and rental homes through Store Norske Eiendom. SNSK has solid experience of industrial operations under extreme Arctic conditions. The company owns 65 percent of the logistics company Pole Position Logistics AS.

  • Cato Svendsen has been headhunter and resource advisor since 2012 and supported in headhunting Project Manager to new start up projects in 2014.
  • In 2012 Svendsen was appointed Project Manager for handling down sizing of 40 employees as part of the company´s restructure to meet new market demands.


DFDS is northern Europe’s largest integrated shipping and logistics company, and operates a network of 30 routes with 50 freight and passenger ships. DFDS has 6,000 employees in 20 countries with headquartered in Copenhagen Denmark. DFDS was founded already in 1866 and is today one of Denmark’s largest companies.

DFDS Seaways in Norway is part of DFDS Seaways Group, a Danish company with long traditions. DFDS stands for The United steamer-Society. In Norway DFDS is the only cruise line that sails between Oslo and Copenhagen.

The two vessels PEARL SEAWAYS and CROWN SEAWAYS, which sails on the route can accommodate 2,168 and 2,044 guests. The ships sail between Oslo and Copenhagen daily and transports around 700 000 passengers each year with DFDS Seaways boats.

  • Cato Svendsen has been headhunter and resource advisor for DFDS Seaways Norway , and was instrumental in recruiting the Finance & HR Manager.
  • In December 2015 The Embassy of Denmark together with DFDS, held a seminar for Danish subsidiaries in Norway, where Svendsen gave a talk on the development in Norway´s business climate and on business opportunities ahead.


RMIG is the largest perforating company in the world and has over a century’s experience in the perforation industry. A company of their size offers a number of advantages for benefit as a customer. The most important is RMIGs  local presence in the various markets, which means that there is always a contact person close to you, readily available to answer any question you might have. From the group’s multiple manufacturing sites, your contact person can draw on an enormous amount of experience, both in manufacturing and in application knowledge.

12 of semtember 2019 had the great pleasure to announce that the two leading companies in the perforation industry joinined forces by merging their activities. The unified RMIG and MEVACO organisation is determined to reach the next level of automation in production. Moreover, it is set on providing speed in delivery, diversity in product offerings, opportunities in e-commerce as well as an excellent customer experience and customer satisfaction.

RMIG Group will be the largest within its field and have a turnover of 178 million euros and more than 800 staff all over Europe. As a group, they are committed to providing markets with a quality product and an excellent service. That is why our goal is to show you that RMIG is the best choice for your perforation requirements, every time.

North has been assisting RMIG in headhunting prime resources for many years in both Denmark and Norway. Schiermer is KAM for RMIG with support from Svendsen in the Norwegian market.