As a result of growth in the number and breadth of legal aspects AutoStore handles on an operational and strategic basis, the company has created a new general counsel (GC) position.
This role will lead the establishment and operation of the legal function in AutoStore and support the business on all relevant legal issues. The GC will head the legal support on commercial transactions and corporate legal matters, including international contract law, legal disputes, and compliance activities oversight. The position will also find an efficient and more holistic way to deal with everyday legal matters ranging from general contractual law to labor and patent law in a cost and capabilities effective way.
The role will be reporting to the CEO Karl Johan Lier, and will be part of the Executive Management Team.
Jenny Sveen Hovda has been recruited for the position and now joins the AutoStore team. Previously, Hovda served as a partner at Bull & Co., a Norwegian-based law firm specializing in innovation, technology, software, and IP. She has more than 10 years experience working on innovation, tech, software, IP, customer scaling on a global basis, and international contracts.
"I think this role is long overdue and Jenny will bring a valuable skillset to an area that is becoming more and more important to us. I look forward to having Jenny join our team, and believe she will bring value not only to the functional area, but also more broadly to the business from her extensive experience within IP and the technology sector which was her specialty at Bull & Co.," shared AutoStore CEO, Karl Johan Lier.
Hovda is excited to now be part of the team at AutoStore: "I cannot express my excitement for joining the AutoStore team. AutoStore is a changemaker and it’s the bold and innovative people behind it who drive that change. Being a world leader selling a product based on technology and innovation causes a long list of legal challenges that need to be sorted fast, precise, and with a long-term view. I am looking forward to addressing those challenges, getting to know the team better, and being a part of one of the most exciting companies of today."
Hovda is based in the AutoStore office located in Oslo.