About Axfood

Executive Committee

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

Klas Balkow

President and CEO Axfood AB

Born: 1965

Employee since: 2017

Other posts: Board member of Svensk Handel, Board member of Svenskt Näringsliv

Education: Secondary school engineering

Experience: CEO, Clas Ohlson; CEO, Aximage (former business area of Axel Johnson); executive positions with Procter & Gamble in the Nordic region and the USA, and with Bredbandsbolaget

Member of the Axfood board of directors since: 2017

Number of Axfood shares: 10 000 (2017-03-17)

Current holdings

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 the Axfood board of directors since: 2017

Number of Axfood shares: 750 (2017-03-17)

Current holdings

Louise Ring

Head of Human Resources

Born: 1955

Employee since: 2003

Other posts: Chairman of Diversity Charter, Member of the Program Committee for USBE’s Master’s Programs, member of the Equality Ombudsman’s Committee

Education: University studies in behavioural sciences, Umeå University; HR executive IFL

Experience: CFO and HR manager, ICA Handlarnas AB; Store manager, Head of training, organizational and operating matters, H&M.

Member of the Axfood board of directors since: 2005

Number of Axfood shares: 400 (2016-12-31)

Current holdings

Jan Lindmark

Head of IT

Born: 1959

Employee since: 2001

Education: B.Sc. Econ., Stockholm University

Experience: IT director, Fritidsresegruppen, IT manager, Posten Brev, Consultant at Enator.

Member of the Axfood board of directors since: 2007

Number of Axfood shares: 0 (2016-12-31)

Current holdings

Annica Elmehagen Lundquist

Head of Corporate Communications

Born: 1969

Employee since: 2015

Other posts: Board member, Carlssons Skola.

Education: B.A. Communications/Political Science, Uppsala University.

Experience: Strategic Communications Advisor, Tetra Pak Asia; Corporate Communications Director, Eniro AB; Vice President Communications, Telenor; Partner, Kreab; Senior Account Executive, PR, Microsoft North America; Manager, JKL. Member of the Executive Committee since 2015. 

Member of the Axfood board of directors since: 2015

Number of Axfood shares: 0 (2016-12-31)

Current holdings

Anders Quist

Head of Business Development

Born: 1953

Employee since: 1995

Other posts: Director of GS1 Sweden AB and Validoo AB.

Education: Secondary school diploma, grocer training, diverse training in retailing.

Experience: Vice President Bilhälls, Vice President Willys, Store manager, Operations manager, Grocer, Sales manager, Dagab väst.

Member of the Axfood board of directors since: 2007

Number of Axfood shares: 6 000 (2016-12-31)

Current holdings

Thomas Evertsson

President of Willys

Born: 1964

Employee since: 2008

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

Experience: Hypermarket manager, Head of chain operations, Coop Supermarkets, President, Coop Sverige AB; Vice President, Coop Norden AB.

Member of the Axfood board of directors since: 2008

Number of Axfood shares: 14 000 (2016-12-31)

Current holdings

Thomas Gäreskog

President of Hemköp

Born: 1961

Employee since: 2010

Education: Secondary school diploma, business management training and leadership training

Experience: Store Manager ICA, several positions of trust in ICA, Regional Manager Hemköp, Sales Manager Hemköp

Member of the Axfood board of directors since: 2012

Number of Axfood shares: 700 (2016-12-31)

Current holdings

Nicholas Pettersson

President of Dagab

Born: 1976

Employee since: 2004

Other posts: Chairman of Urban Deli Holding AB

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

Experience: President Axfood Närlivs, Marketing Manager Axfood Närlivs, Business Area Head Axfood Snabbgross, Supply Chain Manager AB Shell Sweden, Business Analyst Shell Detaljist AB.

Member of the Axfood board of directors since: 2009

Number of Axfood shares: 800 (2016-12-31)

Current holdings

Eva Pettersson

President of Axfood Närlivs

Born: 1966

Employee since: 2004

Other posts: Director, Svensk Servicehandel and Fastfood

Education: M.Sc. Econ, University of Linkoping and University of East Anglia. Management training, Novare.

Experience: Business Development Manager at Dagab. System Manager at Axfood IT. Consultant at Accenture AB in Food Retail.

Member of the Axfood board of directors since: 2014

Number of Axfood shares: 0 (2016-12-31)

Current holdings