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September 20, 2021

3stepIT appoints circular technology director

By Alejandro Gonzalez

3stepIT, a technology lifecycle management provider, has appointed Fredrik Örnberg to the role of circular technology director who will be based in Sweden. 

Örnberg will be tasked with driving 3stepIT’s growth strategy for the REstepIT IT Asset Disposal business, which supports customers to manage obsolete business technology sustainably. He will report to the chief commercial officer.

Örnberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a sustainable technology leader. He joins 3stepIT from Arrow Electronics, where he was most recently director of customer operations across EMEA.

He will be charged with expanding the REstepIT service across Europe, building on a record-breaking year in 2020. Nearly 300,000 devices were processed for IT asset disposal customers last year, an increase of close to 30 per cent since 2017.

The REstepIT service uses the principles of the circular economy to give obsolete business technology a second life. Customers are paid market value for redundant IT, which is securely sanitised using best-in-class technology, then refurbished and resold. This extends the device life and reduces its carbon and electronic waste impact.

Chief commercial officer, Jason Skidmore, said: “We know businesses are struggling to deal with the volumes of old and unwanted technology that has resulted from digital upgrades to accommodate homeworking. So, Fredrik is charged with leading our efforts to offer world-class solutions to our IT asset disposal customers and support them to manage end-of-life devices sustainably.”

Circular technology director, Fredrik Örnberg, said: “There is a huge opportunity for businesses to deal with electronic waste in a more sustainable and responsible way, by ensuring that IT asset disposal is managed in line with the principles of the circular economy. 3stepIT is the leading provider in this space and it’s an exciting challenge to grow this business and spread its positive environmental impact across Europe.”

The company is based in Helsinki, Finland, and employs more than 400 people across 8 countries and operates refurbishing centres in Finland, Sweden, Norway and Singapore. 

In 2019, BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions and 3stepIT announced a joint venture which currently has Carmen Ene as the CEO of BNP Paribas 3 Step IT, a post she holds in addition to her role as CEO of 3stepIT. The JV is operational in France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and the UK. 

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