Hello, Forkbeard: Meet Karin Annette!

Karin Annette, who are you?

I’m from Blommenholm, just outside of Oslo, where I grew up with my parents and our mixed-breed dog Bonnie. I used to sing in a choir and also participated in several musicals such as Sound of Music, Annie and Emil I Lønneberget at multiple locations and stages in Oslo. In my free time, I was playing football with neighbors and other friends at the local field.

Throughout my studies, and work I’ve had the opportunity to stay in several cities abroad, such as Edinburgh, Hamburg, and Stockholm – but now we have ended up back at the roots, at Blommenholm. This time with my own family; my husband and three kids at the age 5, 8 and 11 years old.

What did you do before you started working at Forkbeard and how does this experience benefit your current role? 

Prior to working at Forkbeard I was living with my family in Stockholm. At the time I was on maternity leave with child number three and had a great time in a beautiful city.

The largest part of my career so far has been with Carlsberg’s Norwegian company, Ringnes, where I held several different positions in both sales and finance.

Now I’m working as Group Controller at Forkbeard, and its sister and mother companies Sonitor AS and IPS Holding AS

What drew you to Forkbeard?

I was actually already at Sonitor prior to Forkbeard started. What drew me to Sonitor was the fact that a small company appealed to me after having worked at a large corporation. The thought of being closer to decisions, having a greater impact in my day to day work-life as well as having a diverse role was part of why I wanted to work here.

What’s the best thing about working at Forkbeard?  

I like being part of something great. There are so many talented and impressive people who work for the company – that really inspires me.

What does your typical day look like at Forkbeard?

This has already been mentioned before – no day is typical at Forkbeard. As we are a small company, everyone needs to be flexible and hands-on.

My work-day usually starts with me plowing through my inbox, then I try to prioritize based on those messages, as well as more routine tasks that I have on a weekly basis. There is always something to attend to, big or small.

How will Forkbeard help you with both your personal and professional development? 

I think this is a perfect way for me to learn how a business works from start to finish – as we are so few on each position, you get involved in a lot more of the processes in a business, compared to working at a larger corporation. It gives you the opportunity to make a difference, which is very motivating.

What’s the coolest place you’ve traveled to?  

We went to Koh Tao in Thailand a couple of years ago. I loved the place! Nice people, lovely food and great scenery.

What do you like to do when you’re not working? 

When not working I like to sing, have dinner with friends (when not Corona) and go for a run!

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