The musical chairs at the head of European truck manufacturers continues with another new CEO being appointed. This week it is Scania who have announced the appointment of a new CEO, just a few months after the previous incumbent took up the job.
Scania has appointed Henrik Henriksson as the new President and CEO of Scania. He is set to take up his position in the new year. He succeeds Per Hallberg, who was only appointed to the position in April.
Hallberg’s appointment came in the wake of the shock resignation of Martin Lundstedt, who jumped ship, across to a role as CEO at Volvo, whose CEO had also resigned abruptly. These changes came just before major structural changes in the relationship between Scania and its owner Volkswagen, and its stablemate MAN, were announced.
Andreas Renschler, formerly truck boss at Daimler Trucks, had been appointed by the VW board to make those structural changes only a few weeks before, and now welcomes another CEO.
“Henrik Henriksson is a capable and experienced person, with great entrepreneurial spirit and visionary leadership,” said Andreas Renschler, Chairman of the Scania Board of Directors. “He has the right profile to lead and develop the company in the long-term,”.
The 45 year old Henriksson has been a member of Scania’s Executive Board since 2012 and is currently Executive Vice President and head of Sales and Marketing. He joined Scania as a Management trainee in 1997 and has held a number of senior positions in the company’s marketing organisation.
“I look forward to the task of continuing to develop Scania in accordance with the goals and strategies established by the company management and the board,” said Henriksson. “We will continue to broaden the offering of products and services that drives profitability for our customers and us, as well as our efforts to become the leader in sustainable transport.
“An important task for Scania is to also utilise the potential to develop brand-specific customer solutions, made possible through the cooperation within Volkswagen Truck & Bus.”
Per Hallberg will resign from his operational positions during 2016. He has been employed at Scania since 1977 and joined the Executive Board in 2001.
“I would like to thank Per Hallberg for taking over the CEO position in April this year on short call, for keeping Scania on its high level of excellence and its employees being motivated during those times of changes,” said Renschler.