Management Team

Management Team


Knut Frostad

President and Chief Executive Officer

Knut Frostad has mirrored his successful professional sailing career in the boardroom. He has an extensive business background in management and brings solid experience in the industry together with a deep understanding of marine electronics. Before being appointed President and CEO, was an active Navico board member for 14 years, the CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race and held several directors and advisor positions within international companies. Knut is also considered a renowned motivational speaker.

Jim Brailey
EVP Supply Chain Management & Operations

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
EVP Recreational Marine Division

Alan is responsible for the Recreational Marine Division. 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
EVP & GM – OEM Integration

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
EVP – Head of 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 science graduate of Physics from Bergen University.

Jeroen van de Polder
Chief Financial Officer

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
VP Commercial Marine Division, Product Management

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.

Jordi Neves
Chief Marketing Officer

Jordi began his career at Procter & Gamble, gaining unparalleled experience in the innovation and brand building space. Jordi´s career has taken him around the world working with companies such as Hewlett Packard and DHL, where he delivered state-of-the-art technology and digital transformation programs. Jordi also has extensive experience leading marketing, communication and technology in sailing events like America´s Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race.


Chris Davies
SVP & General Counsel

Chris joined Navico in 2019 and is responsible for all of Navico’s global legal services, corporate compliance and IP portfolio.  He previously held General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer roles at the leading international technology company InMobi and the European price comparison service Kelkoo, after spending his early in-house years at The Financial Times.   Chris holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law and a Masters in Intellectual Property.