Board of Directors

The Board is responsible for the company’s organisation and management of the company’s affairs. The Board shall continuously monitor the financial situation of the company and the Group and shall ensure that the company is organised in such a way that its accounting, cash management and other financial circumstances can be adequately controlled. The Board shall also ensure that its performance is evaluated on an annual basis through a systematic and structured process.

The Board’s rules of procedures, including instructions for the division of responsibilities between the Board and the President & CEO, are updated and adopted annually. The rules of procedure regulate the Board’s obligations, the division of responsibilities within the Board, the minimum number of Board meetings, the annual agenda and main topic of each meeting, instructions for preparing the agenda and background documentation for decisions.

The Chairman of the Board supervises the work of the Board and is responsible for ensuring that the Board carries out its responsibilities in an organised and efficient manner. The Chairman continuously monitors the Group’s development through ongoing contact with the President & CEO. The Chairman of the Board represents the company in matters related to ownership structure. In accordance with Sweco’s Articles of Association, the Board of Directors is comprised of at least three and not more than nine members.

Composition of the Board 

The Board consists of seven ordinary members elected by the AGM and three employee representatives, with three union-appointed deputies, appointed by the employees. The AGM-elected Board members serve for a one-year period through the conclusion of next year’s AGM. With the exception of the President & CEO Åsa Bergman, none of the AGM-elected Board members have an operational role in the company. Five of the AGM-elected Board members are of Swedish nationality, one of German nationality and one of Swedish and American nationality. There are four female and three male AGM-elected Board members. With the exception of the President & CEO Åsa Bergman, all AGM-elected Board members are independent in relation to Sweco. With the exception of Gunnel Duveblad, Johan Hjertonsson and Johan Nordström, the AGM-elected Board members are independent in relation to the major shareholders.

Board of Directors

  • Johan
    Nordström

    Born in 1966. Board Chairman. Member of the Board since 2012. Directorships include: Skirner AB and Hemfrid i Sverige AB. Education: Architect, Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (KTH). Experience: President of Skirner AB. Holdings in Sweco: 605,000 directly held shares and 15,041,083 shares held through Skirner Förvaltning AB, which is owned by the Nordström family.

     
  • Gunnel
    Duveblad

    Born in 1955. Member of the Board since 2008. Chairman of: Team Olivia Group AB, Global Scanning Holding A/S, HiQ International AB and the Ruter Dam Foundation. Directorships include: Dustin Group AB and PostNord AB. Education: Systems Scientist, Umeå University. Experience: former President of EDS Northern Europe. Holdings in Sweco: 4,000 shares.

     
  • Christine
    Wolff

    Born in 1960. Member of the Board since 2016. Board member of: Hochtief AG, Berliner Wasserbetriebe A.ö.R and KSBG GmbH. Education: M.Sc.Geology and MBA, HSBA Hamburg. Experience: former Senior Vice President and Managing Director Europe & Middle East URS Corporation and board member of Grontmij N.V. Held shares in Sweco: 1,000 shares.

     
  • Elaine
    Weidman Grunewald

    Born in 1967. Swedish and American citizen. Member of the Board since 2017. Education: M.A., Resource and Environmental Management, M.A., International Relations, Boston University Graduate School. B.A, Communications and Debate, Suffolk University. Experience: Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability and Public Affairs Officer Ericsson AB. Holdings in Sweco: 1,000 shares.

     
  • Johan
    Hjertonsson

    Born in 1968. Member of the Board since 2015. Board member of: Nederman Holding AB and Swegon Group AB. Education: Master of Business Administration, Lund University. Experience: Former President of AB Fagerhult and Lammhults Design Group and earlier leading positions within product development and marketing at Electrolux Group. Directly held shares in Sweco: 30,000 shares.

     
  • Åsa
    Bergman

    Born in 1967. Member of the Board since 2018. President and CEO since 2018. Directorships include: Persson Invest AB and Almega Tjänsteförbunden. Education: Degree Programme in Civil Engineering, KTH. Experience: CEO of Sweco Management and Sweco Sverige. Holdings in Sweco: 40,886 shares.

     
  • Alf
    Göransson

    Born in 1957. Member of the board since 2018. Further member of: Chairman of the Board in Loomis AB and Board Member in Hexpol AB, Attendo AB, Axfast AB, Melker Schörling AB, Axel Johnson Inc och Sandberg Development Group. Education: International BSc in Economics and Business Administration from the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Experience: Among previous positions can be mentioned CEO and member of the Board of Directors of Securitas AB, CEO of NCC AB, CEO of Svedala Industri AB. Holdings in Sweco: 1000 shares.

     

EMPLOYEE REPRESENTATIVES

  • GÖRGEN
    EDENHAGEN

    Born 1964. Employee representative since 2011. Education/experience: Master of Science in Industrial Engineering, Luleå University of Technology. Employed by Sweco since 2008. Holdings in Sweco: 4,308 shares.

     
  • ANNA
    LEONSSON

    Born in 1971. Employee representative since 2005. Education/experience: Architect SAR/MSA, Master Degree in Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Lund University. Employed by Sweco since: 1997. Holdings in Sweco: 601 shares.

     
  • MARIA
    EKH

    Born in 1974. Employee representative since 2015. Education/experience: Engineer. Employed by Sweco since: 1999. Holdings in Sweco: 1,925 shares.

     

DEPUTY MEMBERS

  • CHARLOTTE
    BERGLUND

    Born in 1973. Employee representative since 2019. Holdings in Sweco: 1 531 shares.

     
  • PETER
    ROTHSTEIN

    Born in 1959. Employee representative since 2017. Holdings in Sweco: 1 764 shares.

     

Data above are from the annual report 2019. Information about directors' holdings in Sweco and other positions of trust are updated annually and published in Sweco's annual report.

Work of the Board 

Apart from the statutory Board meeting held immediately following the AGM, the Board meets at least six times per year. In 2019 the Board held nine meetings, four of which were held in conjunction with publication of interim reports. The meeting held in conjunction with publication of the Q2 report was held via telephone, with all documentation distributed in advance. In conjunction with the September meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Board visited Postgarden, an architectural project transforming the historic main Post office complex in central Copenhagen to a welcoming retail and office space. In addition to reporting on the development of Sweco’s operations and finances, the Board meetings in 2019 devoted considerable attention to organic and acquisition-driven growth, the company’s strategic focus, management and HR matters, CSR, risk management, internal control matters and other matters for which decision responsibility is assigned to the Board by the rules of procedure. Executive Team members other than the President & CEO participate in Board meetings to present reports when necessary. The Board Secretary is the company’s General Counsel. The company’s statutory auditor takes part in at least one Board meeting per year. Attendance at Board, Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee meetings in 2019 is presented in the following table.

Data above are from the annual report 2019. Information about directors' holdings in Sweco and other positions of trust are updated annually and published in Sweco's annual report.