ZeroNorth appoints Pelle Sommansson as new Chief Product and AI Officer

Software and data luminary to drive development of ZeroNorth’s product portfolio and expand information processing capabilities

Pelle Sommansson

Maritime technology company ZeroNorth has today announced the appointment of Pelle Sommansson as its new Chief Product and AI Officer.

Pelle joins ZeroNorth from Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he was a Partner and focused on large-scale data democratisation efforts. Before his role at BCG, Pelle was Chief Data & Analytics Officer at IKEA.

Pelle also brings to ZeroNorth his experience gathered from working in innovative start-up environments that became highly valued household brands. He was Head of Product at Swedish fintech company Klarna and was a co-founder of exercise and fitness platform Strava during both companies’ rapid growth into their respective markets.

In his new role at ZeroNorth, Pelle will apply his expertise to expand the organisation’s data handling and technological capabilities. He will also focus on customer experience by identifying and leading on areas where ZeroNorth can expand its platform to support more users’ needs on their journeys to decarbonise.

He will also scale up the organisation’s use of AI and machine learning across its platform, taking advantage of algorithms and software that use the data flywheel effect to improve outcomes over time.

Speaking on the appointment, Søren Christian Meyer, CEO, ZeroNorth, said: “It’s fantastic to be able to add Pelle’s considerable expertise to our rapidly scaling team. Our industry-leading data platform and applications like Optimise have already demonstrated their central and critical role in advancing maritime decarbonisation. We are excited to see Pelle apply his knowledge and enable our software portfolio to take the next step, as we support more of our industry with the big challenges that they face.”

Pelle Sommansson, Chief Product and AI Officer, added: “I am happy to be joining ZeroNorth at this very important and difficult time for the maritime industry. I believe that we have a significant opportunity to drive the decarbonisation of shipping with our expertise, technology and AI.

“The last two years have shown us how critical shipping and its supply chains are to the continuation of our daily lives. Now is the time to act to unlock a better and brighter future for this vital industry. I believe that ZeroNorth has a golden opportunity to be a catalyst and driver of more sustainable and more profitable operations in the engine of world trade.”