Bjørn Roald Saltermark is a new Project Manager in GCE NODE.

– I am looking forward to new challenges in a cluster I am well familiar with and excited to be part of, says Saltermark.

The 58-year-old is originally from Brønnøysund, but has lived in Grimstad and Arendal for the past 35 years. He has a B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering from TIH (now Høgskolen in Sør-Trøndelag) and a degree in Industrial Automation from what is now the University of Agder in Grimstad. Saltermark worked 14 years in R&D, administration, sales and marketing for Moland Automation (now Origo Solutions). He then went on to sales and marketing for Hernis Scan System and Aker Pusnes. The last 8 years, Saltermark worked on developing a worldwide service network for Norsafe and IMS Group.

In Arendal, Saltermark is well known as the man behind a network of engineers and marketers, called Agder ERFA, which meets regularly at a pizza restaurant. In December 2014, more than 50 people came to socialize and share at the network’s 12th annual Christmas gathering.

– I am a big fan of networks. If five people meet to share ideas and experiences, each person brings in only one perspective, but walks away with four more, says Saltermark.

As a Project Manager in GCE NODE, Saltermark will be in charge of the SME project. Funded by Sørlandets Kompetansefond and Innovation Norway, this project aims to increase competency, innovation, RD&I-participation, business development and cross-company cooperation within the cluster, thereby strengthening SMEs.

The SME project consists of 11 full-day sessions, covering a range of topics. Top management from NODE companies and NODE companies with unique technology are to contribute, alongside external lecturers from finance institutions, law firms, politicians and others.

Saltermark will also head NODE’s Ecotrack (phase 2) and Cleantech projects.