Atle holds a Master of Science in Economics and Business administration from NHH (1996). He has previously worked for Accenture, focusing on test and test management, and has also had his own company focusing on software development in C/C++. Atle has worked with design, development, test, business processes and management, and has a very strong combination of technology- and business understanding.

Atle loves soccer, but in recent years it has become less of a physical act and more of a virtual one. He also loves movies and music, and can "often" be found jogging, deeply absorbed in his own thoughts while listening to music. Atle is not too fond of cooking, but is very fond of enjoying the results of good cooking together with close friends.