Meet our Management Team

Kverneland Group Management Team

Dai Watanabe
President & CEO

Dai Watanabe assumed the presidency of Kverneland Group in December, 2014.
He had already participated in the management of Kverneland AS as one of the Board members since May 2012 even before the appointment. He has a broad experience of developing worldwide businesses of farm and industrial machinery in Kubota Group.
He has held various managerial positions in Kubota Group and his previous positions were President of Kubota Europe SAS since 2012, which is one of the biggest sales companies in Kubota Group, General Manager of International Planning & Control Department of Kubota HQ since 2008. Watanabe has a Bachelor degree in International Economics from Kyoto University and MBA from Kobe University.

Arild Gjerde
Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing

Gjerde has held various managerial positions in Kverneland Group and is head of sales and marketing. He joined the Group in 2000 as Marketing Director Kverneland Group Klepp. Before this, he held international management positions in distributing and marketing equipment for the construction and mining industry. He has years of experience in corporate banking in Norway. He has a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Stavanger University College, a Master Degree in International Marketing Management from Copenhagen Business School, and International Business from Stockholm School of Economics.

Wataru Ouchi
Executive Vice President Corporate Strategy & Planning

Wataru Ouchi has participated in the management of Kverneland AS since August 2016. He has been working the last 26 years mainly for Business planning and control department of Kubota Corporation. He also has the experience of working for Kubota Manufacturing of America Corp. and Kubota Canada Limited. He has the degree of Bachelor in the field of Sociological Study of Behavior from Hokkaido University.

Claus U. Thomsen
Executive Vice President
Managing Director of BA Forage Equipment and Head of Group R&D

Thomsen has been in Kverneland Group since 2000 in various managerial positions, mainly focused around general management of the Hay & Forage business and research & development group wide, - as well as responsibilities in regional sales & distribution and technical service.
His background includes heading R&D in Hardi International and managing a division for industrial robotics. Thomsen has a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from Århus Technical University and has a Master Degree of International Management and Economics from Copenhagen Business School.

Magne Svendsen
Executive Vice President BA After Sales and BA Crop Care

Svendsen joined the Kverneland Group in January 2002 as Supply Chain Manager Spare Parts with the overall responsibility for the Group’s spare parts supply chain, followed by positions as Senior Vice President for Spare Parts in August 2005 and Managing Director for BA After Sales since February 2007. From November 2012 he entered the position as Executive Vice President BA Crop Care in addition to his other tasks in Kverneland Group. He has wide experience from several companies in logistics and leadership (SAS, Apotekernes Fællesindkjøp AS and UNITOR AS). Svendsen completed his studies at the Norwegian School of Management in 1983 specializing in logistics and leadership.

Hasan Kesek
Executive Vice President BA Soil Equipment

Kesek started his career in 1989 as assembly worker at Greenland Group Geldrop BV, a Dutch agricultural equipment manufacturer which was a part of the international Greenland Group. Until 1998 he filled positions as; assembly foreman, assembly planner and Production & logistic manager. After the take-over in 1998 by Kverneland Group he filled positions within Production & Logistics, international cross functional projects and general management functions such as Group Manufacturing Manager & Risk Manager. From August 2010 till September 2012 he moved to China and took the position as Managing Director Kverneland Agricultural Equipment Daqing Co., Ltd. From January 2013 till August 2015 he held the position as Vice President Group Manufacturing & Managing Director KvG Lipetsk (Russia). From August 2015 Hasan Kesek entered the position as Managing Director KvG Soest GmbH and Executive Vice President BA Soil. Hasan Kesek has a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration from Fontys Hogeschool Eindhoven.

Alfredo Pedetti
Managing Director BA Bale Equipment and Managing Director of Kverneland Group Ravenna.

Pedetti has held various managerial positions in Kverneland Group and is now Managing Director of Kverneland Group Ravenna S.r.l located in Italy. In addition he is responsible for the OEM business under Kverneland Group International. From June 2009 till December 2012 he was the Managing Director of Kverneland Group CIS in Moscow. He joined Kverneland Group in 1995 as Area Director of the CIS countries. Before this, he held international management positions in various international agricultural development projects sponsored by World Bank and D.I.P.CO. (under Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs) in Lesotho, Zambia, India, Pakistan, Ecuador and Colombia mainly. He is an Agronomist with specialization in agriculture mechanization.