“I’ve been considering a CEO position for a number of years, but I’ve been waiting for the right match. I believe I’ve found this now. It’s a huge change and a dream come true” explained Thomas Jensen.
Thomas Jensen takes over from CFO Lars Larsen, Milestone Systems, who has been interim CEO since former CEO Lars Thinggaard resigned in March 2020.
Thomas Jensen makes it clear that he wasn’t job-hunting when Milestone Systems offered him the position. He’s been based in Barcelona since 2018 as Executive Vice President at Bechtle: “I have an amazing job at Bechtle and I never considered moving on anytime soon. But when Milestone reached out to me about this job in a company with strong values and a solid strategic foundation with a fully partner-driven go-to-market model, I had no doubt. I never thought that this was the time to return to Denmark but getting to know more about the job, it became clear: I was going home.”
According to Lau Normann Jørgensen, Chairman, Milestone Group, Thomas Jensen has the strategic skills and experiences that Milestone was looking for. And the fact that Thomas Jensen is ‘relatively young as a CEO of billion kroner company” is not a problem. Thomas Jensen has managed people, who were older and more experienced than himself, and this has never been an issue, explains Thomas Jensen: “I’ve learned that the results of a team are the result of the work carried out by your employees, and not the other way around. The CEO and management do not deliver results, they set the direction, coach and motivate. What needs recognition is the unique competencies of the team members. This is what characterizes my leadership style.”
Thomas Jensen doesn’t necessarily regard his new job as a step upwards: “Saying that a career move like this is a step upwards indicates that it is above something else. I would rather call it a step inward, as I step in as a co-player. You don’t get very far as a leader if you don’t have a team who can deliver results.”
You can read the full article from Computerworld in Danish here.