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.

Friday, March 25, 2011

My tip for new CEO of Saab

I was shocked to learn earlier today that Jan Åke Jonsson is retiring as Saab CEO. How can Saab possibly continue without Jan Åke? Jan Åke has been the rock the last years, and he was the reason I still believed in Saab!

Now that I have had some time to deal with this news I'm starting to realize that there are of course other people out there who can do a great job for Saab. And the first name that comes to mind is Bo I. Andersson.

Bo Andersson was born October 16, 1955. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Stockholm University and completed the senior management program at Harvard University in 1999. He began his career with GM in 1987 as a manager with Saab. After holding various leadership positions, he was appointed vice president of Purchasing for Saab in 1990. In August 1993, Andersson transitioned from Saab to GM. At GM Bo Andersson held different executive positions over the years. He was vice president of Purchasing for General Motors Europe for a few years, and the last years at GM he was vice president of Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. In 2009 he left GM to become CEO of Russian GAZ.

Just a few weeks ago, he was actually named the best business leader in Russia for his excellent work at GAZ by the Association of European Business in the Russian Federation.

It has also been reported that he recently said that he is not certain how long he will stay in Russia at GAZ.

So could Bo Andersson become a new CEO for Saab? I have no idea if Victor Muller even knows him or if Bo Andersson would be interested, but there is no doubt that he is a capable man and he is a SWEDE!