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Former DHL Europe freight MD named as next PostNord CEO

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

PostNord has announced that Håkan Ericsson will be its next president and CEO, taking up his new role from the start of October.

Ericsson is currently president of the North American and Latin American operations at the world’s largest business travel management company, Carlson Wagonlit Travel.

He is also a former DHL Europe freight division managing director, with experience in senior roles within international logistics companies including Loomis Cash Handling, SAS, Danzas, ASG and Fraktarna.

Ericsson has been with CWT since 2008, as president of the group’s operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa until 2011.

As a Swede, the University of Stockholm economics graduate maintains the understanding at PostNord that the company’s chairman will be a Dane and its president a Swede or vice versa. PostNord’s chairman is currently Jens Moberg, who took up his position in April.

PostNord, the parent company of Post Danmark and Sweden’s Posten AB, is 60% owned by the Swedish state and 40% owned by the Danish state.

Ericsson takes over a company that is in the process of reshaping itself in the light of steep declines in its core mail volumes, particularly in Denmark. PostNord has been expanding in the field of logistics, including through acquisitions, which it sees as a growth area. Last year as a result of restructuring and mail volume declines, PostNord’s profits fell 80% year-on-year.

“Valuable experience”

Commenting on Ericsson’s appointment, Moberg said the next PostNord president had the “right personality, expertise and background” for the role as PostNord continues its restructuring.

“With his experience of the logistics and service sectors in Sweden and internationally, he is the right person to lead PostNord into the challenges and opportunities that the Group faces,” said the PostNord chairman.

“Håkan Ericsson also has valuable experience of leading the process of change at major corporate groups.”

Ericcson succeeds Lars Idermark as PostNord president/CEO, after Idermark stepped down in December after two years in charge, switching to a CEO role at Swedish forestry company Södra in order to be closer to his family.

PostNord’s deputy chief executive, K.B. Pedersen, has been acting as CEO and president since Idermark left, and will continue to do so until Ericsson takes over in October, the company said.

Source: Post&Parcel/PostNord

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