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Rune Bech

Rune Bech

- Serial digital entrepreneur (London/Copenhagen)
- Advisor and board member (digital innovation, media and culture)
- Fmr. foreign correspondent and broadcast executive

Welcome to the digital home of journalist-turned-serial entrepreneur Rune Bech. I was one the "dotcom front-runners" in Europe back in 1998 as co-founder of the independent health information portal NetDoctor in Britain, Germany, Scandinavia and other countries.

Later, for six years I was the Chief Digital Officer of Denmark's leading public service broadcaster TV 2, and then served as Executive Vice President of the fintech investment bank Saxo Bank.

In 2015 I co-founded the award-winning digital health company Liva Healthcare with offices in Copenhagen and London. I serve as Liva's chairman, and head up our London office focussed on internatonal expansion. We have been blessed by almighty NHS England selecting Liva as their digital innovation partner in beating diabetes and obesity.

As a passion initiative back in 2010 I re-opened Copenhagen's legendary live jazz venue Jazzhus Montmartre staging 200 intimate conterts a year.

Finally, I serve as an advisor and board member to a few innovative companies, primarily within digital, media and culture.

Entrepreneurship



- 1998: Co-founder, NetDoctor.com (independent health information portal - acquired by Apax Partners in 2001).
- 2002: Co-founder, E-Doktor (digital lifestyle management - acquired by Aller Media in 2008).
- 2006: Co-founder, SundhedsDoktor (occupational health services - acquired by Falck Healthcare in 2016).
- 2015: Co-founder, Liva Healthcare (disease management platform - offices in Copenhagen and London).


Corporate Roles



- 2001-07: Chief Digital Officer, TV 2 Denmark (Denmark's national public service broadcaster).
- 2012-15: Executive Vice President, Saxo Bank (global fintech investment bank - Chief Digital Officer / Global Communications Director).


Board Positions (Non-Executive Director)



- Since 2019: Board Member, ISCENE.dk (theatre & performing arts media).
- Since 2019: Chairman, Liva Healthcare (health-tech company, Copenhagen and London).
- 2008-2018: Chairman, Nianet (B2B fiber broadband provider, acquired by EQT in 2018).
- 2007-2010: Chairman, Waoo (B2C fiber and tv provider).
- 2008-2010: Board Member, Boozt.com (fashion e-commerce, IPO in 2017).
- 2003-2006: Board Member, JobZonen (career portal)
- 1998-2001: Chairman, NetDoktor (independent health information portal)


Media Roles



- 2007-2009: Columnist for Børsen (the Danish business daily).
- 1997-1998: Foreign reporter, TV 2 Nyhederne (foreign news desk of Denmark's leading broadcaster).
- 1989-1997: Foreign correspondent, Politiken (Eastern Europe and London).
- 1986-1989: Journalist trainee at Jyllands-Posten (foreign desk) and The United Nations Cronicle (New York City).


Arts and Culture Engagements



- Since 2010: Founder, Jazzhus Montmartre (Copenhagen's legendary live venue for world class jazz with 200+ annual concerts). Read that story here.
- Since 2012: Advisory Board Member, Film Fyn (regional film council).
- 2014-2016: Committee Member, Danish Ministry of Culture's Public Service Media Committee (chaired by ex-EU commissioner Connie Hedegaard).
- Since 2019: Critic and Board Member, iScene.dk (Danish performing arts media).


Education


- Danish School of Journalism, University of Aarhus, University of Sussex, London School of Economics (LSE), and INSEAD.

 

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