Ellen Furru

Chief Operations Officer

As Chief Operations Officer, Ellen is responsible for initiatives driving operational excellence in Visma. With her extensive experience from different parts of the Visma Group, Ellen is building a scalable hub structure to support companies across Visma to improve their profitability and ensure continued growth.

Ellen joined Visma in 2000 and worked for over 10 years in sales, support and R&D. She then left Visma for six years for a role in the finance industry that provided her with valuable marketing and executive HR experience. Re-joining Visma in 2017, Ellen was Director of Business Operations in the Enterprise Division, with more than 3 800 employees in 16 countries and an annual revenue of NOK 5 billion. Her responsibilities included business development, mergers and acquisitions, integration projects and compliance.

She has also held various high-level positions, such as interim Managing Director for newly acquired business units, and Chairman of the Board for a number of Visma companies. Over the last year, Ellen's main responsibility has been to establish the Software Benelux division, one of Visma’s core markets for the future.

Ellen’s broad experience has given her the ability to work strategically to drive Group development, as well as lead more hands-on operational projects for specific parts of the business. She is passionate about building a thriving commercial culture based on Visma’s values, with a strong focus on competence building and sharing. She also values a mindset of continuous learning in a world of constant change, believing that engaged employees drive engaged customers and growth. For Ellen, it is critical to build trust—both internally and externally.

Ellen holds a Master in Business and Economics from Handelshøyskolen BI in Norway. During her studies, she also completed an Erasmus exchange programme at the University of Limburg in Maastricht, Netherlands.