Jon Stephenson Von Tetzchner, the CEO and co-founder of Opera Software, has stepped down from his position in the company but has agreed to stay as a strategic consultant.
Born on August 29, 1967 in Reykjavík, Iceland, Von Tetzchner founded Opera Software with Geir Ivarsøy in 1995 and since then has served as the CEO of the company.
Opera is best known for its eponymous web browser, which incidentally had received 1 million downloads for its version 8 within 4 days after its launch on 21st April 2005.
Under the leadership of Von Tetzchner, Opera’s browsers became significantly popular by garnering a substantial market share in the world browser market.
Surprisingly, the Opera web browser for mobiles successfully captured more than 50 percent of the mobile browser market, under his guidance. In addition, Opera Software also established its market standing by creating widgets and producing the Nintendo Wii web browser.
Von Tetzchner is handing over the reins of Opera software to Lars Boilesen, who worked at Opera from 2000 to 2005 as Executive Vice President and returned in January 2009 as Chief Commercial Officer.
Commenting on Boilesen’s appointment, Von Tetzchner said that "Lars Boilesen brings both a very significant industry experience and a deep understanding of Opera to the role as the company's Chief Executive Officer. In short, Opera's spirit runs through his veins."
Von Tetzchner has guided the company through good and bad times and remains like Bill Gates at Microsoft, a very influential person for Opera. Against the big and the mighty, the commercial company has managed to remain profitable and upbeat despite the competition.