Before Cognite, Dr. Lervik co-founded Fast Search & Transfer (FAST) in 1997, serving as CTO until 2001, and then as CEO until Microsoft’s US$1.3 billion acquisition of FAST in 2008. He held the position of Vice President of Enterprise Search at Microsoft until 2009. In 2010 Dr. Lervik founded the software company Cxense ASA, which has been listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange since 2014.
Dr. Lervik holds a PhD from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), where he was awarded the Esso prize for the best overall PhD in 1996/97. In 2005, John Markus was one of the technology innovators named in the prestigious Forbes E-Gang.