Q-Free (OSE: QFR), a global leader in mobility solutions for smart city infrastructure, announced that Ole Gade, one of Europe’s most respected parking leaders has joined the company to head up Q-Free’s European parking efforts.
Dave Radford, executive vice president of parking solutions for Q-Free, said Gade’s connections and leadership align perfectly with Q-Free’s commitment to the European parking market. “Ole knows parking in Europe better than just about anyone. He’s worked with some of the leading innovators and been responsible for some of Europe’s major parking initiatives,” he said. “He understands Q-Free’s vision and we’re thrilled we were able to have him join our global team.”
In his new role, Gade will handle sales and develop a network of strategic partners and resellers throughout the continent, especially in the United Kingdom, Scandanavia, Central and Eastern Europe. He is doubly qualified because of his experience and expertise on both the business and technical sides of the parking industry. He is equally comfortable talking with purchasers or product developers and looks forward to bringing those skills to his new role. “To be part of an organization rooted in innovation and a solution-driven culture is extremely empowering,” he said. “I am excited about sharing the Q-Free story with clients and putting together unique solutions that exactly fit their needs and budgets.”
Immediately prior to joining Q-Free, Gade served in his native Denmark, as managing director of Cale/Flowbird, a major developer of innovative parking solutions and one of the largest single-head parking meter companies. Earlier during his 20-year-plus parking industry career, he helped start two companies and at one time, oversaw parking operations at Copenhagen airport.
Radford believes Gade will bring a new level of expertise and opportunity to Q-Free’s parking business. “Ole will help elevate our global position, particularly with our indoor parking guidance and outdoor sensor-based solutions. He shares in our commitment to meet our clients where they are with the solutions they need. We couldn’t be more excited,” he said.
Q-Free is a leading global supplier of Intelligent Transportation Systems comprising tolling, parking, infomobility, traffic management and C -ITS/connected vehicle solutions. Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Trondheim, Norway, the company has annual revenues of approximately 1 billion NOK, approximately 380 employees, offices in 17 countries, and a presence on all continents. Q-Free is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker QFR.