Saab ap­points Lars-olof Lind­gren to lead In­dia busi­ness


Saab has an­nounced the ap­point­ment of Lars-Olof Lind­gren as head of Mar­ket Area In­dia from De­cem­ber 1. Lars-Olof Lind­gren is the for­mer am­bas­sador of Swe­den to In­dia; he held that po­si­tion for five years be­fore join­ing Saab. Lars-Olof Lind­gren’s ex­pe­ri­ence and re­la­tion­ships with the In­dian and Swedish gov­ern­ments and in­dus­tries will fur­ther re­in­force Saab’s long-term com­mit­ment to the In­dian mar­ket.

He suc­ceeds Jan Wider­ström who has had an im­por­tant role in build­ing cus­tomer re­la­tions and de­vel­op­ing the busi­ness to the sta­tus it has to­day with over 30 em­ploy­ees. Jan Wider­ström moves on to a new as­sign­ment within the Saab Group.

Saab Pres­i­dent and CEO, Håkan Buskhe says, “In­dia has been iden­ti­fied to be one of Saab’s most im­por­tant mar­kets and we look for­ward to wel­com­ing Lars-Olof who, with his con­sid­er­able ex­pe­ri­ence of In­dia, will en­able us to con­trib­ute sig­nif­i­cantly to the coun­try’s de­fence in­dus­try, forge new re­la­tion­ships with the In­dian pri­vate sec­tor and build strong, col­lab­o­ra­tive part­ner­ships. We are de­lighted that he will be lead­ing the In­dia team at a cru­cial junc­ture where we are look­ing at sig­nif­i­cantly scal­ing up our busi­ness in In­dia.”

Ac­cord­ing to Lars-Olof Lind­gren, “Swe­den and In­dia’s de­fence col­lab­o­ra­tion has reached an im­por­tant phase where com­pa­nies such as Saab have an im­por­tant role to play. Swedish tech­nol­ogy can play a vi­tal role when In­dia con­tin­ues to de­velop an in­dige­nous de­fence in­dus­try for the fu­ture, sup­ply­ing both In­dia and the global mar­ket with ad­vanced prod­ucts. In or­der to ac­com­plish this, we need to continue to forge re­la­tion- ships with In­dian part­ners. I am proud to take on the role as head of Saab’s busi­ness in the coun­try. Dur­ing my years as am­bas­sador, I have fol­lowed Saab’s ef­forts on this mar­ket with great in­ter­est. I look for­ward to be a part of this high tech­no­log­i­cal global com­pany which has been very clear with its in­creased am­bi­tions in a num­ber of dif­fer­ent mar­kets. It will be very in­ter­est­ing and stim­u­lat­ing to lead this work in In­dia.”

Lars-Olof Lind­gren was the Am­bas­sador of Swe­den to In­dia be­tween 2007 and 2012. Be­fore tak­ing of­fice in the Em­bassy of Swe­den in New Delhi, Lars-Olof Lind­gren was the State Sec­re­tary to the Prime Min­is­ter deal­ing with In­ter­na­tional Af­fairs and the Euro­pean Union. Prior to this, he was the State Sec­re­tary for Trade in the Min­istry of Trade and In­dus­try.

Lind­gren has held var­i­ous of­fices of im­por­tance in the For­eign Min­istry be­tween 1991 and 2004; start­ing as the Deputy Head of Mis­sion and Min­is­ter at Swedish Em­bassy in Bei­jing, the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China, then as Min­is­ter and Deputy Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive at the Swedish Rep­re­sen­ta­tion to the Euro­pean Union in Brussels, Bel­gium and fi­nally as the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral for Trade. Prior to the For­eign Min­istry, Lind­gren was with the Min­istry of Fi­nance as the Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Coun­sel­lor at the Swedish Del­e­ga­tion to the OECD in Paris, France. For four years, Lind­gren was with the Swedish Trade Union Con­fed­er­a­tion, Stockholm, as an Econ­o­mist, Gen­eral Eco­nomic and Trade Pol­icy Ques­tions. For the next four years, he was the Po­lit­i­cal Ad­viser to the Min­is­ter for For­eign Trade at the Min­istry of Trade and In­dus­try.

A grad­u­ate from the Stockholm School of Eco­nom­ics, Lars-Olof Lind­gren started his ca­reer with the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Köping, Swe­den in the Depart­ment of Eco­nomic Plan­ning. He is mar­ried and has four chil­dren.

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