AutoStore appoints Mats Hovland Vikse as new CEO

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AutoStore Holdings Ltd. announces the appointment of current Chief Revenue Officer Mats Hovland Vikse as CEO effective January 1, 2023. Current CEO Karl Johan Lier will retire as part of an orderly and planned transition. Lier will be with AutoStore until March 2023.

Under Lier’s leadership as CEO and Hovland Vikse’s tenure as CRO, AutoStore has sold over 1,000 systems in 46 countries, with over 42,000 robots presenting an impressive ~5 billion bins.

“Mats is a key figure behind the growth of AutoStore,” said Co-Chairman Jim Carlisle. “Both the Board and Karl Johan agree that his demonstrated strategic leadership, relentless focus on commercialization and deep internal support make him the clear choice for this role.”

“Given our product capabilities, distribution network and business model, we are well positioned for continued strong growth with excellent margins,” commented Hovland Vikse. “I am honored by the opportunity and have unwavering confidence in the future of AutoStore,” he continued.

“It has been a privilege to lead AutoStore from the beginning and to see the products and the company grow through great people, culture and passion. I am delighted to place the CEO role in Mats’ capable hands as he has been an outstanding contributor to the AutoStore journey since day one at the company five years ago,” said CEO Karl Johan Lier.

“We’d like to thank Karl Johan for his leadership,” added Carlisle. “Karl Johan has been instrumental in the company’s success and we wish him the very best in his retirement







November 17, 2022


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