About Ardoq

New Enterprise Architecture
and Great People

We help organizations and businesses implement and execute change across their projects, strategies, processes, applications, infrastructure, and capabilities.

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Ardoq Founders

Ardoq was founded ten years ago because we believed there was a better way to help organizations achieve success in their digital transformation projects. Together with our fellow Ardoqians, we have built a cloud-native collaboration platform. Our platform empowers not only Enterprise Architects but also leaders and stakeholders across the company to see the advantages of making well-formed decisions based on insightful data.

Today, ten years on, we have customers all over the world and from all sorts of industries. We are proud to be named a Leader in the 2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™️ for Enterprise Architecture Tools report. We have supportive investors who believe in us and our mission. And just like our customers, we are constantly evolving – in many ways, we are just getting started.

Magnulf Pilskog (Co-Founder and Board Member)
and Erik Bakstad (CEO and Co-Founder)

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Management Team

Meet Our Bold, Caring, and Driven Leaders

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Erik Bakstad

CEO and Co-founder

Throughout his career as a developer, SaaS product architect, technology evangelist, and practitioner, Erik has led change in various industries including enterprise architecture, banking/finance, and telecom.

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Ian Stendera

VP of Product

Ian has built teams in Ardoq across sales, marketing, customer success, and product marketing. Ian is committed to ensuring customers realize the objectives of their enterprise architecture initiatives.

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Laurie Kelly

Acting VP of Marketing

Laurie's 15 years of marketing experience and her love of learning make her a dynamic leader. She is committed to building senior-level consensus which creates the momentum to implement strategic initiatives.

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Nick Peters

VP of Operations

Nick has a passionate focus on creating a meaningful workplace where people are appreciated for doing hard things well. By leading the evolution of the Ardoq culture, systems, and processes, employees and customers alike can thrive in the Ardoq ecosystem.

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Ralph Berg

VP of Sales

Ralph has found that the most important thing in scaling successful sales organizations is to focus on teamwork and culture. Ralph is a strong believer that anything is possible.

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Helen Sutton

Chief Revenue Officer

Helen brings a wealth of experience to Ardoq, having led successful teams in several SaaS companies. She’s focused on the continued scaling of our world-class SaaS platform and fostering strong client and partner relationships.

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Svein Henning Kirkeng

Acting SVP Sales & Marketing

Svein Henning is leading our sales and marketing practice, leveraging more than 25 years of commercial leadership experience. He loves welcoming new customers to our company.

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Ingrid Naustdal

Chief of Staff

Ingrid has experience with both management consulting and data science from Boston Consulting Group (BCG). She ensures we work together across teams creating true value for our customers.

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Bård Bognoy


Bård is experienced in leading change and growth spurts in business. Bård is passionate about new technology and the potential Ardoq has to positively impact our everyday work.

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Øystein Ellingbø

VP of Engineering

Øystein is an experienced team leader, developer, and software architect. He has a broad understanding of various industries including banking and finance, government, and insurance.