Cato Svendsen - Partner - North Consultants

Cato Svendsen

Partner, CEO
Academic Lead recruitment & selection

+47 97 11 45 06


Extensive business development background in the Nordic region as Department Manager, Group Product Manager IT, CEO, VP Sales, VP Marketing and Corporate Communication.

  • C-level manager as: CEO, marketing, sales, product development, purchasing and trade
  • 14 years in international business development
  • Involved in M&A projects, several large and small start ups and liquidations
  • Project Manager for several major outplacement-projects, the largest involved 3 factories, head-office as well as international departments and more than 1.500 people
  • Headhunter, also international, for nearly 20 years and hence top management advisor

Manager for Hudson in Norway and co-founder of Effect1 Group and North Consultants

  • DNV-GL certified recruiter

I have worked for and been involved as executive consultants in companies such as: ISS, Esselte, Nortrade Group, MDI, HD-kjeden, Gullfunn, Statoil Fuel & Retail, Thorn Emi, Skoringen, Park Sko, Norli, Nordea, NRI, Falck 4 Group and REC Group.


  • Commercial Pilot FAA Certified; Norwegian Airforce and Sierra Academy USA
  • Master level Business Management and Economics; Northwood University USA and University of Lund Sweden. Specialized in macro economics, minor in automotive retail management. One year study in Strategic Management, Computer Science and Corporate Communication


  • Headhunting and executive selection in addition to resource- and talent management
  • Business development, Go To Market strategy and execution, market surveys and assessment
  • Consultant and co-writer to Ipsos market- and trend surveys, giving lectures regularly
  • Sought after career advisor

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