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Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is made up of Axfood’s President and CEO, and an additional nine executives or subsidiary presidents.

The information provided here, which includes own and related parties' holdings of shares, refers to the situation on 31 December 2019. Changes during the current year can be followed via Sweden's Financial Supervisory Authority's (Finansinspektionen's) website.

Klas Balkow

President and CEO, Axfood

Born: 1965

Employee since: 2017

Other posts: Director, Swedish Food Retailers Federation; Vice Chairman, Swedish Trade Federation; Director, Confederation of Swedish Enterprise.

Education: Secondary School Engineering, SSE Executive Education.

Experience: CEO, Clas Ohlson, CEO, Aximage (previously a business area in Axel Johnson), senior positions with Procter & Gamble in the Nordic countries and the USA, and Bredbandsbolaget.

Member of Axfood's Executive Committee since: 2017

Number of Axfood shares: 15 000

Thomas Evertsson

Managing Director, Willys

Born: 1964

Employee since: 2008

Other posts: Chairman of Eurocash Food and director of Jula.

Education: M.Sc. Econ., School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg.

Experience: Hypermarket Manager, Head of Chain Operations, Coop Supermarkets; President, Coop Sverige; Vice President, Coop Norden.

Member of Axfood's Executive Committee since: 2008

Number of Axfood shares: 16 000

Simone Margulies

Managing Director, Hemköpskedjan

Born: 1978

Employee since: 2016

Education: M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.

Experience: Deputy Managing Director, Dagab Inköp & Logistik; Business Area Manager Dagab; Business Area Manager, ICA Sweden; Analyst Manager, ICA Sweden; Supply Chain Development, ABB.

Member of Axfood's Executive Committee since: 2020

Number of Axfood shares: 750

Sara Kraft Westrell

Head of Corporate Communications

Born: 1974

Employee since: 2018

Education: M. Sc. Business Administration, Lund University and National University of Singapore

Experience: Director of Information, Clas Ohlson and Hexagon; Marketing and Communications Director, JB Education; Communications Adviser, Kreab and Brunswick.

Member of Axfood's Executive Committee since: 2018

Number of Axfood shares: 1,700

Anders Lexmon

Chief Financial Officer 

Born: 1968

Employee since: 2002

Education: M.Sc. Agricultural Economics and Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

Experience: Head of Financial Control, Axfood; Head of Group Accounting, Axfood; Head of Group Accounting, SJ; auditor, KPMG

Member of Axfood's Executive Committee since: 2017

Number of Axfood shares: 3 000

Jan Lindmark

Head of IT

Born: 1959

Employee since: 2001

Education: M.Sc. Econ., Stockholm University.

Experience: IT Director, Fritidsresor; IT Manager, Posten Brev; consultant, Enator.

Member of Axfood's Executive Committee since: 2007

Number of Axfood shares: 5 000

Monica Längbo

Head of Human Resources

Born: 1963

Employee since: 2019

Education: Executive MBA; secondary teaching certificate, Stockholm University; board, leadership and strategic HR courses.

Experience: Head of HR Sweden and Denmark, HR Director & Head of Information/PR/Communication, Head of Leadership Development & Executive Recruitment, Manpower Group; executive management consultant, own firm.

Member of Axfood's Executive Committee since: 2019

Number of Axfood shares: 850

Eva Pettersson

Managing Director, Axfood Snabbgross

Born: 1966

Employee since: 2004

Education: M.Sc. Econ., Linköping University; studies at the University of East Anglia; management training at Novare.

Experience: Managing Director, Axfood Närlivs; Head of Business Development, Dagab; Systems Manager, Axfood IT; food retailing consultant, Accenture.

Member of Axfood's Executive Committee since: 2014

Number of Axfood shares: 2 550

Nicholas Pettersson

Managing Director, Dagab Inköp & Logisitik

Born: 1976

Employee since: 2004

Other posts: Chairman of Urban Deli Holding; Chairman of Hall Miba.

Education: M.Sc. Econ., Växjö University.

Experience: Managing Director, Axfood Närlivs; Market Manager, Axfood Närlivs; Business Area Head, Axfood Snabbgross; Supply Chain Manager, Svenska Shell; Business Analyst, Shell Detaljist.

Member of Axfood's Executive Committee since: 2009

Number of Axfood shares: 2 800

Carl Stenbeck

Head of Strategy and Business Development

Born: 1979

Employee since: 2018

Education: M.Sc., Chalmers University of Technology; M.Sc., School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg.

Experience: Global Head of Digital Development, H&M; management consultant, Boston Consulting Group and Accenture; Programme Manager, Papyrus.

Member of Axfood's Executive Committee since: 2018

Number of Axfood shares: 1 700