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Our team

A strong team with unique industry domain experience from E&P majors in addition to experience working with innovation, design, tech scale-ups, financial services and advisory services navigating the energy transition.

Matthew Johan

Executive Director

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Matthew serves as Executive Director of Stepwise, with responsibility for developing the business concept and growth strategy.

Matthew comes from a financial advisory and capital markets background with a focus on maritime transportation and offshore energy, starting in the investment banking department of Jefferies, followed by Clarkson Platou Markets and Arctic Securities, where he led the New York office.

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Anders Attramadal

Chief Operating Officer

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As a COO, Anders has the responsibility to oversee and manage the daily operations of Stepwise.

An industrial designer and project manager with extensive experience within digitalization in the oil & gas industry. Second in command for Equinor's mobile new builds group during construction of 10 mobile newbuilds, a complex project portfolio with split location and cross-disciplinary teams. Lots of offshore experience from platforms and vessels. Digitalization advisor, former design director for a design consultancy and agile coach to several operators to create future oriented software solutions.

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Kane Liddelow

Chief Commercial Officer

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As our CCO, Kane is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic objectives, sales and goals related to our product.

Kane has more than 20 years of offshore industry experience with international business, marketing, and contracting responsibilities. Recognised for identifying and capturing major customers in global environments. Knowledgeable in all areas of the upstream value chain and highly developed personal network across oil and gas companies and the service sectors.

Experienced in telecommunications and digital start-up companies with a proven ability to monetise new technology.

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Geir Ove Eikill

R&D and Marketing

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Geir Ove's focus is research and development and functions as a marketing manager in Stepwise.

Geir Ove has worked for 22 years with Equinor as VP for the offshore mobile rig business unit, responsible for delivering 17 new-build projects and more than 45 rig intakes. Further, Geir Ove has also held several senior management roles at Smedvig and Odfjell Drilling and has more than 30 years of worldwide experience within the oil and gas industry.

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Nick Merrigan

Chief Digital Officer

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As our Chief Design OfficerNick is responsible for the coordination and implementation of design projects within Stepwise with specific focus on the UX, UI and communications for the product.

Nick is a UX designer with 20+ years experience within digitalization, and design driven transformation. Holds a bachelor of design in Industrial Design and a Master of Science in Computing & Design.

Most recent experience as a UX designer & agile scrum master in Aker BP’s digitialization program maturing several MVP products with design lead and project management responsibilities.

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Finlay Johnston

VP of Contracts and Marketing

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Finlay is a respected commercial leader, with over 25 years of international experience in business development, contracting, and customer relationship management in the energy sector and finance. For over twelve years, he has commercialised assets and services globally providing insightful market analysis, market-leading customer service, and effective stakeholder management in the offshore drilling sector.

Lars Smeland

Lead Product Engineer

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Lars defines the functional specifications and calculations for the SaaS application at Stepwise.

With over 25 years of experience in the Oil & Gas business, extensive experience from key technical positions, such as software engineer, site manager and senior project engineer. Has held roles as a project manager, commissioning manager, and technical leader. Lars Petter was stationed for 9 years at Jurong Shipyard in Singapore with responsibility for planning to operation. Experienced with the development of control systems, where the focus has been to automate machines and sequences to the optimum and reduce fuel consumption (CO2 footprint).

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Fares Khaddour

Business Development and Strategy Advisor

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Fares brings more than 25 years of experience in recalibrating business activity and navigating change to accelerate efficiencies, build brand reputation and increase profitable growth. As a seasoned Business Executive with extensive international experience working in the energy industry for Valaris and Sapura, he has developed expertise in understanding key dynamics of businesses and optimising their performance to drive growth.

Seen as a highly creative, strategic thinker who ‘thinks outside the box', He likes to challenge the status quo to stimulate improved performance and maximise client value. Fares is adept at providing leadership and direction to businesses operating cross-border by embedding outcome-oriented cultures that are focused on profit, growth, and company values. In his capacity as a senior business leader, he champions a strategic focus, generating buy-in to innovative solutions and energising an organisation towards a stronger future. He is skilled at leveraging networks to build trusted key stakeholder relationships, both internally and externally to maximise business growth. At Stepwise, he combines his specialist knowledge of the energy sector with a demonstrable track record for developing operations in new markets to deliver best in class business development.

Njaal Aarsland

Lead Solutions Architect

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Responsible for the application's architecture, end-to-end roadmap and oversees the technical development.

Njål has over 30 years of experience within the energy sector. From project engineering to sales, to senior system engineering, system architecture, control systems and OT solutions most recently with Cameron. Enjoys sitting at the intersection of people, processes and technology where the user experience can contribute to successful product development.

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Narve Kristiansen

Digital Advisor

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Narve is a highly accomplished senior software engineer with over three decades of specialized experience in the maritime industry. As an integral part of the Stepwise team, Narve's responsibilities include driving the development, testing, and functional enhancement of the SaaS application, while also serving as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) throughout the process.


Throughout his career, Narve has demonstrated exceptional leadership in various roles, such as technology specialist, digital manager, and senior software and service engineer. His extensive experience includes working with industry giants such as Cameron and NOV, where he focused on HMI, data management, and cyber security within DevOps environments.


Narve's client experience features companies such as Equinor, Petrobras, OceanRig, Maersk, and Saipem.

Oda Waage Eikill

Customer Success Manager

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Responsible for project management and customer success, safe guarding the customers' satisfaction while integrating and coordinating with Stepwise

An engineer with a Master’s degree in Manufacturing Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Oda has several years of experience with software product development and automation from National Oilwell Varco. She has held the role as an Integrations Lead and Project Manager for automation programs and complex drilling systems. Oda is also experienced in the digitalization domain and has gained a comprehensive knowledge of drilling automation, optimization, performance analysis and production line efficiency analysis.

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Pål Erik Vang

Principal Rig Specialist

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Acts as an engineering advisor to Stepwise

Extensive experience from key technical positions in the oil and gas business, such as Project Manager, Commissioning Manager, Hull Manager and Technical Section Leader. Experience span from early phase studies to operation of mobile new builds. Have supported several new builds during construction in Asia/ Norway and followed up the Operation Preparations processes when entering the NCS.

Also a strong hands-on knowledge from positions as Chief & Mechanical engineer on Semi-submersibles, Jack-ups, RLWI, AHTS, MPSV and fishing vessels. STCW Certified Chief Engineer, and professional certificate as a mechanic. Several courses like High Voltage and ERM according to STCW, in addition to leadership training.

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Hogne Jakob Kile

Emission and Closed Rig Specialist

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As a seasoned professional within the O&G sector, Hogne provides a wealth of advisory experience to Stepwise.

Hogne has held most engineering and operations positions in the oil industry, from drilling to reservoir engineer, from drilling supervisor to projects manager. He holds strong expertise within management systems, risk management and analyses, coordination and systematics, including ISO certification within quality management and risk management. Senior advisor for several years within time and cost estimation. Recent special projects have been within areas of accident investigation and improvement processes, assessment of quality planning in well operation teams, corporate learning systems, improved planning (corporate level, oil company), stakeholder management, mobile offshore drilling unit construction, incentives to drilling contracts, consortium establishment.

Magnar Fagerbakke

Contracts and Procurement

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As an advisor, Magnar provides unique insight into strategy, business operations and contracts.

Experienced Vice President Marketing with a demonstrated history of working within the oil & energy industry. Skilled in Offshore Drilling, Petroleum, Energy, Procurement, and Oil & Gas. Strong operations professional and graduated from NHH.

Bergtor Haugå

ADC specialist

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More than 25 years of extensive experience in the oil and gas industry within Control and HMI system development. International experience with Drilling Equipment systems and drilling process control within technology development and manufacturing. Deep competence in structured product development in a global setting. International Management and sales experience. Project Management experience from the complete span of drilling packages through all project stages.

Erik Haug

Software Development Engineer

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Erik Haug is a seasoned full-stack developer with a strong proficiency in .NET, complemented by a background in computer science and petroleum engineering. Erik is a full-stack engineer serving Stepwise as an integrations level expert.

In his capacity as a consultant, Erik has collaborated with E&P majors such as ConocoPhillips, Equinor, and Talisman Energy, bringing his expertise to the table.

Damian Zbrożek

Full Stack Developer

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As a full-stack developer with Milo Solutions, Damian ensures the specifications from the SME team are developed, implemented and maintained for SaaS application, ensuring the modules fucntion correctly and efficiently.

Kamil Biel

Full Stack Developer

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As a full-stack developer with Milo Solutions, Kamil ensures the specifications from the SME team are developed, implemented and maintained for SaaS application, ensuring the modules fucntion correctly and efficiently. Kamil also focuses on database management and version control.

Michał Rogula

Quality Assurance (QA)

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As a quality assurance expert with Milo Solutions, Michał is responsible for identifying and creating test cases, plans, and scenarios to ensure quality of the product and ensures that the software is released on time to meet project deadlines.

Adrian Czok

Full Stack Developer

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As a full-stack developer with Milo Solutions, Adrian ensures the specifications from the SME team are developed, implemented and maintained for SaaS application, ensuring the modules fucntion correctly and efficiently. Adrian also focuses on database management and version control

Michał Sołtysek

Full Stack Developer

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As a full-stack developer with Milo Solutions, Adrian ensures the specifications from the SME team are developed, implemented and maintained for SaaS application, ensuring the modules fucntion correctly and efficiently. Adrian also focuses on database management and version control

Per-Robert Jacobsen
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As Chairman of the Board Per Robert provides guidance and support to the executive team and ensures the board functions efficiently and effectively.

Per Robert is an independent advisor to companies and key stakeholders navigating the energy transition. Per-Robert has more than 20 years of experience in the capital markets, focusing on the energy sector. Graduated from the BI Norwegian School of Management with a Master of Business and Economics.

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Birgitte Angelil
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As a Director Birgitte provides leadership and guidance and assists with the overall strategy and vision for Stepwise.

Birgitte holds a position as a partner in Eltek Holding, she is currently an advisor to companies and key stakeholders in the companies owned by Eltek Holding. She has worked for more than 25 years in consulting. Has acted as a senior advisor across industries in Business Development, Digitalisation, Branding, Design, People and Organisation. Her last role in Consulting was as CEO.  Broad board experience from both listed companies and start-ups.

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Oddbjørn Haukøy
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Oddbjørn providers valuable domain rich guidance to Stepwise as a Director of the Board.

Bjørn is the CEO & Co-Founder of PSW Group and has held various technical and commercial roles in both Smedvig Drilling and Odfjell Drilling.

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Ane Launy
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As a CFO and an investment professional Ane brings unique financial acumen to her role as Director of the Board.

Experienced Board Member and Senior Investment Professional with a particular focus on distressed companies / restructuring. Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) in Finance from The Sauder School of Business at University of British Columbia and a Leslie Wong Fellow with the UBC Portfolio Management Foundation.

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