IMPORTANT NEWS: National Electric Vehicle Sweden has agreed to buy the assets of Saab Automobile and the sale is expected to be finalized during the summer.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

New CEO within shortly

At the general meeting of shareholders in Spyker Cars this afternoon, Victor Muller said that a new CEO for Saab will be announced soon. Jan Maarten Slagter, CEO of VEB, attended the meeting and he got the impression that Muller and the board is talking to a candidate and that a announcement of a new CEO is near. But no name where mentioned.

To Svenska Dagbladet Victor Muller says that a new CEO may be announced soon, but it can takes months before a new CEO can start as most people qualified for such a position already has a good job which they can't leave immediately.

Could that mean that the new CEO will not be from inside Saab, but an external person? 

Victor Muller also said that he hopes for a restart at the Trollhättan manufacturing plant on Friday next week. Signals he has gotten from the people at Saab working on restarting the factory are good and the aim is a restart next Friday when also a delegation from Pangda will visit the factory.

Some Twitter updates from Jan Maarten Slagter at the Spyker Cars general meeting of shareholder:

(Translated from Dutch with Google translator. Beware of possible errors!) 

  • Antonov wants to invest EUR 100 million in Saab  
  • Black figures is still the target in 2012
  • Muller: Never before been as embarrassed as when the Hawtai deal was canceled.
  • Muller: Pang Da is a great deal. Provides access to the largest car market.
  • Muller: sale and leaseback of  Saab property is still planned. Can now be done without time pressure.
  • We are almost ready with new CEO for Saab.