John Markus Lervik


Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

John Markus Lervik is the Chief Executive Officer of Cognite. He co-founded Cognite in January 2017. Under his leadership the company has grown to a global industrial software company with locations in Europe, Asia, and the US. Cognite serves as a strategic technology partner for industrial companies such as bp, OMV, Aker BP, Aker Horizons, Wintershall Dea, Yokogawa, Saudi Aramco, and many others. Cognite helps companies scale their digitalization efforts with data-driven solutions that increase their profitability and drive sustainability initiatives. Among Cognite’s investors are Norwegian industry giant Aker ASA and leading global venture capital and equity firms TCV and Accel. Throughout his career, Lervik has channeled his passion for liberating data and innovating with technology into companies that revolutionize the ways we work. He co-founded Fast Search & Transfer (FAST) in 1997 and served as Chief Technology Officer until Microsoft acquired the company in 2008. He then took the position of Vice President of Enterprise Search at Microsoft before leaving in 2010 to found the software company Cxense, which was listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange in 2014. Lervik was in 2005 recognized by Forbes as a member of the E-gang for his pioneering work in the technology sector.

Sessions With John Markus Lervik

Monday, 7 March

  • 03:40pm - 04:20pm (CST) / 07/mar/2022 09:40 pm - 07/mar/2022 10:20 pm

    How Are Digital Technologies Accelerating Decarbonization?

    Panel Hydrogen/Clean Tech & Power

    The potential of digital technologies to help reduce GHG emissions is generating a lot of enthusiasm. One recent analysis claimed that digital technologies could contribute as much as one third of the 50% GHG reduction required by 2030—more than the current carbon footprints of the European Union and the United States combined. Technologies such as 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT), drones, augmented and virtual reality, and artificial intelligence (AI) are being applied across a spectrum of applications: in transportation, manufacturing, buildings, agriculture, and energy production. Digital technologies have the potential for reducing emissions. Which technologies hold the biggest promise? Which digital technology applications are leading to significant emissions reduction? How are digital technologies driving structural change and transforming traditional business models? What behavioral and organizational challenges arise when implementing digital technologies? How can large energy companies accelerate the scaling up of innovative technologies incubated in start-ups?