Profile: the proposed new Chairman of Ericsson, Ronnie Leten

- Leadership - Oct 09, 2017

Ronnie Leten has been chosen by Ericsson as its new Chairman, with the Swedish telco announcing the selection in a statement on Monday.

Leten is set to succeed the outgoing Leif Johansson, but what makes him the perfect person for the role? 

Ronnie Leten may take a while to get used to new surroundings after spending the bulk of his career at Atlas Copco.

Leten vacated his position as Atlas Copco's Chief Executive Officer earlier this year after 32 years with the Swedish industrial group, who he joined in 1985.

During his first 14 years with the company, he had numerous responsibilities as project leaders for the IT and logistics division and manufacturing manager for its Industrial Air division.

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From 1999 to 2001 he served as President of the Airtec Division before taking on the Presidency of the Industrial Air Division for six years between 2001 and 2006.

After a spell as Business Area President of Compressor Technique, has was appointed CEO in 2009 and led the group until his departure in April.

A Belgian citizen, Leten was born in 1956, and holds a M.Sc in Applied Economics from the University of Hasselt, Belgium.

"The Nomination Committee believes that in Ronnie Leten, we have found the right person to assume the position as Chairman in Ericsson," said Johan Forssell, Chairman of the Nomination Committee.

"Mr Leten is a very skilled businessman, technically savvy and strategically versatile. Furthermore, he has significant experience from digitalization of major operations, which will be beneficial for Ericsson’s focused work together with its customers."

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