March 6, 2023

Gilion hires Johan Johansson, as new CFO and Deputy CEO

After a €15m acceleration round and the launch of the data-driven analysis platform to help company builders take control of their growth, Gilion is now strengthening the leadership team with Johan Johansson, former CEO and current board member for the international watch group Daniel Wellington, who assumes the role of CFO and Deputy CEO.

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 6/3/2023 – Johan joins the already renowned leadership team behind Gilion (formerly known as Ark Kapital) with six-time entrepreneur Oliver Hildebrandt, Nordea veteran Axel Bruzelius, Spotify veteran and EQT Ventures partner Henrik Landgren, EQT's Motherbrain Lead Elin Bäcklund, and CMO Rebecca Lundin.

G empowers tech companies to grow their business, offering non-dilutive loans with market-leading grace periods and access to world class growth forecasting via. Founders simply plug into ’s machine learning platform with all their growth data sources and in return get access to a detailed five-year forecast - from which they can access customized funding. Gilion’s financial product suite currently consists of a transformative, large growth loan that spans between €1-€10 million, lasting up to seven years, with repayments not starting for two-to-three years, completely non-dilutive.

Prior to joining Gilion, Johan Johansson held leading positions at some of Sweden's largest companies, e.g. the mobile operator 3, MTG and most recently acting CEO of the international watch company Daniel Wellington, where he and the team managed a company turnaround to reach future profitability. At Gilion, he will assume the role of CFO and Deputy CEO, overseeing the day-to-day operations as well as the company's upcoming international expansion.

"Getting the chance to help more entrepreneurs secure capital and eventually create a new standard for how we value tech companies, at an early stage, during their journey towards profitability is a 'once in a lifetime' opportunity," says Johan Johansson, newly appointed CFO and Deputy CEO at Gilion. "I am really impressed by what the team at Gilion, in record time, has achieved and now the process to expand into new markets begins.”

"We are extremely happy to have Johan onboard for the Gilion's journey. His solid track record, leadership experience, and expertise from operating on an international market, will make him a key player in our global expansion.", Oliver Hildebrandt, CEO and co-founder at Gilion.

“We continue to see a growing need among tech companies for a complement outside the traditional venture capital market as the demands for profitability increases. Now, we have the team, the technology and the product in place to hit the ground running.”

About Gilion

Gilion changes the growth experience for founders – through providing access to groundbreaking scaleup loans the frontier of growth forecasting. Gilion is now live in Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Germany. Gilion was founded in 2021 by serial entrepreneur Oliver Hildebrandt, veteran banker Axel Bruzelius, Spotify's former VP of Analytics and former EQT Ventures founding Partner  Henrik Landgren.

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