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​Maria Håkansson named new CEO of Swedfund

Press release   •   Dec 06, 2017 14:35 UTC

Swedfund’s Board has appointed Maria Håkansson as the new CEO. Maria Håkansson joins Swedfund from Ericsson, where she was Vice President Internet of Things (IoT). Maria Håkansson has held a number of senior roles at Ericsson, including Vice President Commercial Management & Sourcing for Northern Europe and Central Asia, CFO Market Unit Nordic & Baltics and Director Strategic Business Investments (M&A). She also brings experience of working in the US and the Philippines.

Göran Barsby,Chairman of the Board at Swedfund, said:

“We believe that a track record in driving organisational change, strong financial skills, international experience and a focus on sustainability are key requirements for the person who will take Swedfund to the next level. Maria Håkansson brings extensive experience from a variety of senior positions at Ericsson in an international context, strong financial capabilities and a genuine interest in sustainability issues. Maria is just the right person for this role and we are proud to welcome her to Swedfund.”

“It is a great opportunity to lead Swedfund in its ambition to grow within sustainable investments in order to contribute to the important objective of reducing poverty in the world. I’m looking forward to leading Swedfund to the next level,” said Maria Håkansson.

Maria Håkansson will take up the post by 5 March 2018.

For further information, please contact:

Göran Barsby, Chairman, Swedfund, +46 73 440 84 87

Gerth Svensson, Acting CEO, Swedfund, +46 76 019 86 92

About Swedfund

Swedfund, owned by the Swedish state, provides risk capital, expertise and financial support for investments in local companies in the developing markets of Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Our mission is poverty reduction through sustainable business, contributing to economic and environmental development as well as a positive impact to society. Swedfund's investment strategy rests on three main pillars: impact on society, sustainability and financial viability. Since 1979 Swedfund has been engaged as an active, responsible and long-term investor in more than 260 companies worldwide.