After a career as CEO of both private and public companies, Tore now serves as a director on several corporate boards and as a strategic advisor to chief executives. He is also involved in a number of ventures, through his company World Intelligent Network LLC. Tore’s business background includes serving as CEO and/or Board member for both private and public (NYSE, NASDAQ, LSE) domestic and international companies in the financial, leasing, shipping, technology, health care, manufacturing and construction industries. He has also attended the Board Executive Program at Harvard Business School.
Tore started his career in the banking and financial industry with Citibank in New York, Canada and London, England. He was recruited by Chemical Bank (now JP Morgan Chase), where he founded, built and ran (from New York and London) a large multimillion dollar global finance organization in sixteen countries in Asia, Europe and Latin America. He then ran a large New York Stock Exchange company and served as CEO of companies listed on NASDAQ and the London Stock Exchange. Tore has also owned several successful companies, some of which he started. He was a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization in the Metro New York chapter and served on the international boards of YPO and both of the graduate groups: the World Presidents’ Organization and the Chief Executives Organization.
Tore is presently a member of the Board of Directors of Deckers Outdoor Corporation (a NASDAQ listed company and owner of several footwear brands: UGG Australia, Teva, Ahnu, Simple and Tsubo, where he also serves on the Audit Committee. He is also the Chairman of the Advisory Board of World Technology Group, a large Canadian based global franchising company and sits on the Board of Directors and serves as Chairman of the Advisory Board for a Seattle integrated alarm company and a software company. He and his wife Mona currently both serve on the Board of Trustees of the Waterkeeper Alliance. Tore is also the Chairman/CEO and Founder of The Directors’ Organization and The Utah 1033 Foundation (a non-profit organization to provide financial assistance to the families of fallen law enforcement officer in Utah).
He serves on the Board of Directors (and Chairs the Audit Committee) of Sunstone Components Group Inc., a world leader in electronic contact technology, as well as on the Board of Net2Text, a start-up M-commerce company. Some of the past boards include The Mangum Group (a large NC construction company), Outward Bound, Flexi-Van Corp., Castle & Cooke (Dole), NMR of America and a number of other corporate and civic boards.
In his native Norway, Tore served in the Royal Norwegian Air Force. After an honorable discharge, he was awarded a scholarship to study in the United States, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing, which he followed with an MBA in finance and international trade and computer science at the University of Oregon.
A professional ski instructor and former ski-racer and coach, Tore is passionate about all aspects of the outdoors, including skiing, sailing, tennis, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and hunting, and soon to take up kite-surfing.
Tore and his wife Mona reside in Park City, Utah, while their six successful children live in Paris (France), Portland and Eugene (Oregon), Taichung in Taiwan and Los Angeles. Mona is Senior Vice President, in charge of industry relations for Realtors Property Resource, LLC, a subsidiary of the National Association of Realtors. A self-professed “Martha Stewart wannabe” in her spare time, Mona loves to cook and entertain. A proud mother of LA actress Liz Beckham, Mona enjoys spending her leisure time traveling, enjoying the outdoors and occasionally doing nothing.