Our team

Axel Johnson's headquarters consists of a small group of individuals with diverse skills and backgrounds. We collaborate across borders and encourage knowledge exchange throughout the entire Axel Johnson group. Together, we believe in a work approach characterized by freedom and responsibility.

Employees

Management team

Thomas Ekman

  • CEO

Thomas has been the CEO of Axel Johnson since September 2023. He has held several leading positions, including CEO of Tele2 Sweden, CEO of Cabonline, and most recently CEO of Dustin, which was and still is part of the Axel Johnson group. He also has a background in the Kinnevik group, where he has held several different positions. Thomas has an education in mechanical engineering from Chalmers and a master's degree in economics from Stockholm University. Board positions: Chairman of the Board for Axel Johnson International, AxSol, and Martin & Servera, as well as member of Axfood, Dustin and Novax.

Camilla Wideroth

Camilla has worked within the Group since 2009, first at Axel Johnson International and then at Axel Johnson as Head of Group Financial Control. Prior to that, she worked at KPMG for 15 years, first as an accountant and then as a consultant in connection with the implementation of IFRS in listed companies. Camilla studied international business and economics at Linköping University. Board positions: Board Member of Axel Johnson International, Novax and Martin & Servera.

David Salsbäck

David started at Axel Johnson in 2019 after previously serving as Head of Communications for the Bonnier Group. Prior to that, he worked at the communications agency JKL in Stockholm and Brussels. David has an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics, with a specialization in economics. Board positions: Board Member in AxSol and the Axfoundation.

Jacob Wall

Jacob joined Axel Johnson in 2015. He was previously a partner and advisor at ABG Sundal Collier and, prior to that, Senior Vice President and co-founder of Alcur hedge fund, and spent nine years as equity analyst at ABG Sundal Collier and Alfred Berg. He studied financial management, economic history and political science at Stock-holm University and Uppsala University. Board positions: Board Chair of Novax and Board Member of Elon and New Moon.

Board of directors

Caroline Berg

  • Board Chair since March 2015 and Member of the Board since 2014

Caroline is Board Chair since March 2015 and has been a Member of the Board since 2014. Caroline is also Board Member of Axfood, Axfast, Novax and the SSE Advisory Board. Caroline is Chair of the Axel and Margaret Ax: son Johnson Foundation, the Erik and Göran Ennerfelt Foundation and The Global Village. Between 2006 and 2014, Caroline was Director of Human Development and Communications at Axel Johnson. Caroline has an honorary doctorate from the Stockholm School of Economics.

Marie Ehrling

  • Vice Chair and Member of the Board since 2012

Marie is Vice Chair and has been a Member of the Board since 2012. Marie is Board Chair of Disruptive Pharma and Board Member of Axel Johnson International, Disruptive Materials and Wisory Advisory Board and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). Previously, she served as Board Chair of Telia Company and Securitas and President of Telia Sonera Sweden. She worked previously for the SAS Group for 20 years in various roles, including as Head of SAS Airlines. She has an honorary doctorate from the Stock-holm School of Economics.

Antonia Ax:son Johnson

  • Member of the Board since 1982

Antonia has been a Member of the Board since 1982. Antonia is Board Chair of Axel Johnson Holding, and a Member of the Board of Axel Johnson Inc., Axfast, the Axel and Margaret Ax: son Johnson Foundation, the Axel and Margaret Ax: son Johnson Foundation for Public Welfare and founder and Member of Axfoundation. Antonia is also founder and Board Chair of Lövsta Stuteri and holds honorary doctorates from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and Middlebury College. in the U.S.

Tomas Franzén

  • Member of the Board since 2018

Tomas has been a Member of the Board since 2018. Tomas is Board Chair of Tieto-Evry, Elajo, Group Pamica and Bonnier News, among others, and a Board Member of Dustin, Martin & Servera, Thunderful Group and Liljedahl Group, among others. He was CEO of Bonnier AB in 2014–2018 and before that CEO of Com Hem and Eniro.

Jonas Samuelson

  • Member of the Board since 2018

Jonas has been a Member of the Board since 2018. Jonas has been President and CEO of Electrolux since 2016 and has been at Electrolux since 2008. He is also a board member of Volvo Cars and has previously worked at SAAB Automobile and General Motors, among others.

Alexandra Mörner

  • Member of the Board since 2005

Alexandra has been a Member of the Board since 2005. Alexandra is Board Chair of the Axfoundation and of Altocumulus Asset Management’s investment board. She is also a member of several boards within the Axel Johnson Group, including Axel Johnson Inc., and has been since the mid 1990s. She was previously head of Axstore’s Retail Chains and before that Investment Manager at Novax.

Björn Annwall

  • Member of the Board since 2022

Björn has been a Member of the Board since 2022. Björn has served as Chief Commercial Officer & Deputy CEO of Volvo Cars since 2022. Prior to that, he held several leading positions within Volvo Car Group, including CFO, head of EMEA and Senior VP for Marketing, Sales and Service. Before joining Volvo, he was a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Co.

Mia Brunell Livfors

  • Member of the Board since 2023

Mia has been a Member of the Board since 2023. Before that she was CEO of Axel Johnson between 2015-2023 and prior to that, she was an advisor and Board Member of the company. Prior to Axel Johnson she held various positions at Kinnevik for 22 years, the last eight of which she served as CEO of Investment AB Kinnevik. Mia is also Board Charit of Axfood and Board Member of Dustin, Efva Attling Stockholm AB and Eutelsat Group.

Frida Antbrink

  • Member of the Board since 2022, Alternate since 2019

Frida has been a Member of the Board since 2022 and Alternate since 2019. Frida is employed by Hemköp and is Employee Representative for the Commercial Employees’ Union. She is also Employee Member of Hemköp’s Board and alternate Employee Member of Axfood’s Board.

Anders Helsing

  • Member of the Board since 2018

Anders has been a Member of the Board since 2018. Anders is employed by Axfood IT AB and is Employee Representative from Unionen. He is also an Employee Member of Axfood’s Board of Directors.

Rasmus Tallén

  • Member of the Board since 2000, Alternate since 1999

Rasmus has been a Member of the Board since 2000 and Alternate since 1999. Rasmus is employed by Martin & Servera and is Employee Representative for the Commercial Employees’ Union. He is also Employee Board Member of Martin & Servera, Board Chair of the Commercial Employees’ Union Stockholm and Board Member of the Swedish Trade Union Confederation District in Stockholm as well as a representative to the national organization.

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