Peter Nilsson appointed as new CEO of Speed Group


Peter Nilsson has been appointed as the new CEO of Speed Group, a Swedish logistics and staffing services provider. After six years with the company, Catrin Wirfalk has chosen to leave Speed Group to pursue new challenges.

Peter Nilsson has extensive experience from senior positions in the logistics industry, most recently as Managing Director of DHL’s Norwegian and Swedish supply chain operations, and previously held various executive positions at Tetra Pak. Peter will assume his new role as CEO of Speed Group in October. Since Ratos’s acquisition, Peter has been a member of Speed Group’s Board of Directors, sharing his extensive expertise from the logistics industry. In July, Ingvar Nilsson took over as Chairman of Speed Group. Ingvar joined the Board from his role as Regional Director for Northern Europe at Schenker and, along with Peter, has strengthened the company’s expertise in the area of logistics.

“Over the past few years, Catrin and her colleagues have successfully developed Speed Group into a leading Swedish company in its market segment. Speed Group’s business model, which combines logistics services and specialised staffing, has given the company a competitive offering in areas which Peter, with his extensive experience, can further develop. We continue to see excellent potential in Speed Group’s business model and strong position in an attractive market niche,” says Henrik Joelsson, Investment Director at Ratos.

Ratos acquired 70% of the shares in Speed Group in 2015. The company’s founder owns the remaining 30%. The company has approximately 1000 employees and sales of SEK 536m for 2015.

For further information, please contact:
Elin Ljung, Head of Corporate Communications, +46 8 700 17 20
Henrik Joelsson, Investment Director, +46 8 700 17 47

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Investor AB’s Nomination Committee for the 2017 Annual General Meeting

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2016-09-15 08:00 GMT+02

In accordance with the decision by the Annual General Meeting, the members of the Nomination Committee of Investor AB should be appointed by the four shareholders/owner groups controlling the largest number of votes in Investor AB which desire to appoint a representative. In addition thereto, the Chairman of the Board of Directors shall be a member of the Nomination Committee.

On August 31, 2016, the four owners controlling the largest number of votes (taking into account owner groups) which desired to appoint a representative to the Nomination Committee were the Wallenberg Foundations, AMF, SEB Foundation and Alecta. Each such shareholder has appointed a representative, as shown below, who together with the Chairman of the Board will form Investor AB’s Nomination Committee.

The Nomination Committee’s members are:

  •  Hans Wibom, Wallenberg Foundations
  • Peder Hasslev, AMF
  • Lars Isacsson, SEB Foundation
  • Ramsay Brufer, Alecta
  • Jacob Wallenberg, Chairman of Investor AB’s Board

The four owner representatives of the Nomination Committee represent approximately 65 percent of the voting rights for all shares of Investor AB.

The Nomination Committee shall present the following proposals for approval by the 2017 Annual General Meeting:

  • Proposal for Chairman of the Meeting;
  • Proposal for Members of the Board of Directors;
  • Proposal for Chairman of the Board of Directors;
  • Proposal for remuneration to the Members of the Board of Directors, distinguishing between the Chairman of the Board of Directors and other Members of the Board of Directors and remuneration for committee work;
  • Proposal for auditors;
  • Proposal for remuneration to Investor’s auditors; and
  • To the extent deemed necessary, proposal regarding amendments of the current instruction for the Nomination Committee.

Investor AB’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at City Conference Centre, Barnhusgatan 12-14, Stockholm, Sweden.

Shareholders who would like to submit proposals to the Nomination Committee can do so via e-mail:, or by ordinary mail to the address: Investor AB, Nomination Committee, SE-103 32 Stockholm, Sweden, by March 8, 2017, at the latest.

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Edouard Merette appointed Chairman of Unigestion Asia

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Unigestion has appointed Edouard  Merette the Chairman of Unigestion Asia as of the 1st of September. Based in Singapore, Merette will be instrumental in leading the firm’s strategy for growth in the region, working with the whole of Unigestion’s senior management team. Merette was previously Managing Director, Asia Pacific for the Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec, one of Canada’s largest fund managers, and has over 25 years of corporate management experience in Canada, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Unigestion, the boutique asset manager with scale, today announces that Edouard Merette has been appointed as non-executive Chairman of the board of Unigestion Asia.

Based in Singapore, Merette will be instrumental in leading the firm’s strategy for growth in the region, working with the whole of Unigestion’s senior management team.

Merette was previously Managing Director, Asia Pacific, for the Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec, one of Canada’s largest fund managers and has over 25 years of corporate management experience in Canada, Europe and Asia Pacific. His track record of building and leading businesses in the professional services sector include seven years as Chief Executive for Aon Hewitt, Asia Pacific and six years as a member of Mercer’s Global Executive Committee, the last year of which he was President, Asia Pacific.

Merette replaces Bill Foo, who served as chairman for five years, but who remains a member of the board.

Bernard Sabrier, Group Chairman of Unigestion said of the appointment: “We are thrilled that Edouard is joining our global family. With our increasing presence in Asia since establishing our office in Singapore in 2007, we see the region as one of long term growth for Unigestion. Edouard’s profile and experience globally, together with his knowledge of the Asian financial markets will help us establish strong relationships with Asian investors.”

Edouard Merette commented: “Unigestion has a compelling proposition for Asian investors, who value sound investment principles based on tailored, risk managed exposure across diversified asset classes.  For me, Unigestion is an ideal fit given its global footprint and outlook. I very much look forward to working with my new colleagues to build on Unigestion’s success both in the region and globally.”

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Altamir welcomes its new Chief Financial Officer Eric Sabia

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Paris, 29 August 2016 – Altamir is pleased to welcome Eric Sabia as its new Chief Financial Officer, replacing Arthur Rozen.

Eric Sabia has significant experience in private equity, having spent eight years at Fondinvest Capital, a fund-of-funds management company, where he held the position of deputy CFO from March 2008, and CFO from January 2013.

He began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Luxembourg and then in Paris, where he spent five years working as a Supervisor/Auditor in the Financial Services department.

Eric Sabia is a graduate of Montpellier business school and holds a BA in Management and Business Administration from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom.


About Altamir

Altamir is a listed private equity company (Euronext Paris-B, ticker: LTA) founded in 1995 and with more than €650m in assets under management. Its objective is to provide shareholders with long term capital appreciation and regular dividends by investing in a diversified portfolio of private equity investments.

Altamir’s investment policy is to invest via and with the funds managed or advised by Apax Partners France and Apax Partners LLP, two leading private equity firms that take majority or lead positions in buyouts and growth capital transactions and seek ambitious value creation objectives.

In this way, Altamir provides access to a diversified portfolio of fast-growing companies across Apax’s sectors of specialisation (TMT, Retail & Consumer, Healthcare, Business & Financial Services) and in complementary market segments (mid-sized companies in French-speaking European countries and larger companies across Europe, North America and key emerging markets).

Altamir derives certain tax benefits from its status as an SCR (“Société de Capital Risque”). As such, Altamir is exempt from corporate tax and the company’s investors may benefit from tax exemptions, subject to specific holding-period and dividend-reinvestment conditions.

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CEO change at Aleris

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The board of directors at Aleris has appointed Alexander Wennergren Helm as new CEO for the Group. Alexander is currently CEO of Hultafors Group, and has a proven track record of developing high-quality offerings for demanding customers. He will assume his new position no later than February, 2017.

Alexander will succeed Liselott Kilaas, who has been the CEO of Aleris for three years. Liselott will remain as CEO until her successor is in place, and she will continue to work in different capacities for Patricia Industries and Investor AB.

Patricia Industries manages the wholly-owned subsidiaries of Investor AB and is a long-term owner that engages in companies to help make them best-in-class.

Aleris is one of Scandinavia’s leading private care and healthcare service providers, and its wide offering include primary- and specialist care, diagnostics, elderly care and psychiatric care for youth and adults.

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Magnus Agervald appointed as new CEO of Ratos

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This information is information that Ratos AB is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out above, on 18 July 2016 at 08:30 CET.

The Board of Directors has decided to appoint Magnus Agervald, as the new CEO of Ratos effective January 2017 at the latest. Immediately prior to joining Ratos, Magnus Agervald was President and CEO of the publicly listed Byggmax Group.

“The Board has worked intensely to find the right CEO for the next phase in Ratos’s development. We are very pleased that Magnus will now assume the position as CEO of Ratos. He possesses solid operational experience of investment operations and has led companies undergoing strong growth and rapid change. Magnus’s leadership is precisely what Ratos needs in the continued implementation of our strategy”, says Chairman of the Board Jonas Wiström.

Magnus Agervald has been President & CEO of the publicly listed Byggmax Group since 2008, prior to which he was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, an Investment Manager at the Nordic private equtiy firm IDI, and the founder of Icomera, a mobile internet company. He is 41 years old and holds an MSc in Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics, and an MSc in Engineering from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

“I am delighted and proud to have been tasked with heading Ratos. It is both inspirational and challenging to have been entrusted by the Board to continue advancing Ratos as an investment company. Just like Ratos, I am passionate about developing companies and look forward to providing our portfolio companies with support in long-term and sustainable business development”, says CEO-designate Magnus Agervald.

In conjunction with Magnus Agervald assuming his position in January 2017 at the latest, Acting CEO Lars Johansson will return to his role as Investment Director at Ratos.

For questions, please contact:
Jonas Wiström, Chairman of the Board, +46 8-700 17 20
Elin Ljung, Head of Corporate Communications, +46 8-700 17 20

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Asbjørn Eskild appointed CEO of Handicare Group

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Asbjørn Eskild appointed CEO of Handicare Group

Kista, Sweden (June 20, 2016)
Asbjørn Eskild has been appointed CEO of Handicare Group as of June 8, 2016. Asbjørn Eskild has been instrumental in helping Handicare achieve very impressive revenue and profitability improvements over the past few years. During 2016, Asbjørn was appointed COO and has in this role led the strategy work for Handicare. Asbjørn is by now well familiar with Handicare Group’s opportunities, challenges and targets for the next few years to come.

Asbjørn Eskild joined Handicare in 2011. Before being appointed CEO, Asbjørn had served both as Group COO and as Senior Vice President with responsibility for two of Handicare’s business units. During 2000-2011 Asbjørn was CEO of Hamax, a global leading producer of child bike seats and toboggans.

Handicare is part of the Nordic Capital portfolio

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New Communication and Sustainability Officer for Lindengruppen

Lindéngruppen has appointed Jenny Johansson as Chief Communication and Sustainability Officer – a new role that reflects the group’s ambition to integrate sustainability into all aspects of its businesses.

Jenny will be part of Lindéngruppen’s executive management team, reporting to CEO Erik Urnes. She took up her position on 4 May 2016.


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Chris Rynning Joins Investinor as Industrial Advisor


Investor, author, entrepreneur, and China expert Chris Rynning joins Investinor as industrial advisor.

Investinor keeps adding to its network of industrial advisors. These are experienced industry experts who support Investinor in identifying and evaluating investment opportunities, as well as serve on the portfolio companies´ Board of directors.

In some cases our advisors also co-invest with Investinor in portfolio companies. At management’s request they can also assist portfolio companies in their development.

Chris Rynning, the latest member of Investinor’s advisor team, is CEO of Staur Asset Management.

Chris is a resident of China, having invested throughout Asia from his base in Beijing and Tokyo. He is a board member and has been Chairman of Norway Business Association China, in addition to lecturing in macro economics and private equity at Trondheim School of Business (HIST).

Chris was the CEO of LSE listed Origo Partners for 8 years, after managing a PWC invested technology fund in Beijing. He was previously Regional Director of Elkem ASA and has broad transaction experience between Asia/China and Norway.

Chris published the book “Little Streams, Big River” in 2014 about China’s economic and environmental challenges. He also has broad experience as founder and investor of early stage growth companies in Norway and Europe.

Chris Rynning graduated as Master of Science in Business from ESSEC, Paris, and holds an MBA in Finance from University of Chicago, USA.

Chris Rynning

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Geir Ove Kjesbu Resigns as CEO


The Board of Investinor and Geir Ove Kjesbu have together decided that Kjesbu resigns from his position as CEO of the company.

CFO Tor Helmersen takes over as acting CEO of the company.

Says Chairman of Investinor Thomas Falck:

«The board and Geir Ove Kjesbu agree that, after nearly eight years in as CEO, the time is right for a change of leadership in Investinor. The company has been led by Kjesbu since its establishment in 2008, and during this period it has developed from a vision to a respected and professional organisation. The Board would like to thank Geir Ove Kjesbu for his decisive contribution to building Investinor into significant player in the Norwegian market for venture and growth capital.»

Says Geir Ove Kjesbu:

«It has been fantastic to lead such a great team with professional and dedicated colleagues.»

Says acting CEO at Investinor Tor Helmersen:

«Mr. Kjesbu’s resignation will have no consequences for Investinor’s portfolio companies, co-investors and other stakeholders. The company’s strategy remains unchanged, our business operations continues as before, based on the position and structural capital we have built since 2008.»

The Board of Investinor has initiated search for Geir Ove Kjesbu’s successor as CEO at Investinor.

For questions, please contact:

Chairman Thomas Falck: + 47 474 00 520

Geir Ove Kjesbu: +47 905 59 404

Acting CEO at Investinor Tor Helmersen: +47 930 69 566

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