Dr. John M. Lervik is the founder & CEO of Cognite, and is in charge of the strategic direction of the company. Before founding Cognite, Dr. Lervik was a co-founder of Fast Search & Transfer (FAST) in 1997, where he served as CTO to 2001, and then as CEO until Microsoft acquired the company in 2008. Following the acquisition, he served as a corporate vice president of enterprise search in Microsoft until 2009. Dr. Lervik also founded Cxense ASA in 2010, a software company listed at the Oslo Stock Exchange in 2014. In 2005, Dr. Lervik was one of technology innovators named as part of the prestigious Forbes E-Gang. Lervik holds a PhD from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), where he was awarded the Esso prize for the best overall PhD in 1996/97.