Management Team

Management Team


Leif Ottosson

President and Chief Executive Officer

Leif Ottosson has an impressive depth of experience from strategic, financial and operational roles in a variety of industries. He holds a BSc (magna cum laude) in Finance and Mathematics from Northern Arizona University and an MBA from Harvard University. The 12 years prior to Navico he worked as an entrepreneur and successfully built three companies within manufacturing, software and consulting. Prior to that, Leif was a board member and the CFO of a large UK-based metals-and-minerals company and the Head of Finance of Skanska, a major global construction company.

Jim Brailey
Supply Chain

Jim Brailey has been with Navico since his employer Simrad® joined the fold. Responsible for all manufacturing operations, planning, distribution,
logistics and sourcing, he previously worked in EMEA logistics and  offshore, marine and military industries.

Alan Davis
Business Unit – Devices

Alan is responsible for the Devices Business Unit. Alan joined Navico in 2005, previously holding a range of roles at B&G – now a Navico brand – covering technical sales, service management and product management. Alan is a lifelong boating enthusiast with a background of competitive sailing.


Matt Vranich
Business Unit – Boat Builder

Matt joined Navico in 2013 as Director of OEM sales, in addition to leading recreational sales efforts in Latin America. Prior to that, he spent several years with Brunswick Corporation in various leadership roles in sales, marketing and business development in Europe and the Americas.
Matt also has experience in telecommunications and banking, where he held sales, general management and consulting positions in Brazil and India. Matt holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Chicago.

Stephen Thomas
Product Office

Steve joined Navico in 2009. He leads the global Product Office and is  responsible for shaping and managing Navico’s product portfolio and driving consumer informed product development. Steve has over 25 years experience bringing new products to market in high technology and consumer electronic industries, as well as previously serving as Product Line Director for Navico’s Lowrance and Simrad Recreational brands. Steve holds a degree in Electrical  and Computer Engineering from Kansas State University.

Tom Edvardsen

Tom Edvardsen joined Navico at its inception in 2005. Based in the Norwegian office, Tom is responsible for all Research and Development activities.

Previously a Naval engineer in the Norwegian Navy, Tom is also a Cand scient graduate of Physics from Bergen University.

Jeroen van de Polder

Jeroen van de Polder joined Navico in 2012. He is responsible for all Finance and IT activities within the Group. He previously held a variety of roles at EY in the international audit practice. He is a licenced public
auditor in The Netherlands.

Mike Fargo
Business Unit – Commercial

Mike joined Navico in 2007 and is today responsible for leading the Commercial Marine Business Unit. He has 25 years of experience in technology sales management, business development and product
management. Mike has twice lived and worked in Europe as well as the US. He has a BS in Engineering, and an MBA in Operations from Northeastern University.

Knut Frostad
Business Unit – Digital

Knut was the CEO of Volvo Ocean Race for six years, and has held a variety of director and advisor positions with numerous international companies. While today he is a recognised motivational speaker, business teambuilding and training provider, he was previously a professional sportsman and sailor, competing in the Volvo Ocean Race four times, twice as skipper, and in the Olympic Games.