COPENHAGEN, DENMARK--(Marketwired - November 11, 2015) - With a sharp eye on emerging technology markets, Cogniance plans to capitalize on impressive growth trends in the Nordics by adding Steen Thygesen as the Managing Director, Nordics.

"The Nordic countries have truly become players on the world stage. With only 0.3% of the world population living in the Nordics, 11% of recent exits over $1 billion have come from the region," said Juha Christensen, Founder & Chairman of Cogniance. "Cogniance is bringing its unique blend of design and technology co-creation capabilities into the Nordic countries, working with local companies to create disruptive products."

Mr. Thygesen is a Mobile Pioneer. He was instrumental in the creation and growth of Symbian, the operating system that shipped inside one billion phones worldwide. Later, while at Microsoft, Steen worked with Cogniance Founder & Chairman Juha Christensen on creating and executing Microsoft's mobile device strategy. After Microsoft, he spent five years at Nokia working on mobile applications and services.

Most recently Steen headed the Specialist People Foundation, a global not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating employment opportunities for people with autism spectrum disorders. From 2010-2014 he was responsible for the international expansion and scaling of the social enterprise "Specialisterne" from Denmark into a global player with presence in more than 14 countries including USA, Canada, Australia, UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Spain and India.

"We're here to help venture backed startups and major enterprises alike. With the intensity of competition across all sectors rapidly increasing, our customers are finding a need to innovate and execute more quickly to lower risks and monetize those efforts. Cogniance provides the strategic and tactical resources to do just that," said Steen Thygesen, Managing Director of the Nordics for Cogniance.

Based in Copenhagen and working closely with the company's growing Design Studios there and in Aarhus, Mr. Thygesen will focus on partnering with high-potential start-ups as well as established enterprises across the Nordics who are looking to build powerful connected experiences around their products and services in areas such as web and mobile solutions, embedded and connected systems.

"We're very excited to have Steen join the Cogniance team. His deep domain expertise in mobile applications and long track record of being a solutions-oriented business partner will be a great asset to our customers." - Michael Shraybman, CEO of Cogniance.

About Cogniance
Cogniance is a global organization headquartered in Silicon Valley that exists to help innovators bring software and hardware innovations to market. In essence, Cogniance co-creates technology products.

With design studios in Aarhus, Munich, Kyiv and Wroclaw, engineering centers in Kyiv and Wroclaw and sales offices in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Detroit, London and Copenhagen, Cogniance works with venture-funded startups and Fortune 500 companies to craft the strategy, design, build, launch, and evolution of their products and services.

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