Carl-Henric Svanberg


Tenure: Appointed 1 September 2009

Board and committee activities:
Chair of nomination and chairman’s committees; attends Gulf of Mexico, SEEAC(a) and remuneration committees

Outside interests:
Chairman of AB Volvo

Age: 62

Nationality: Swedish


Carl-Henric Svanberg became chairman of the BP board on 1 January 2010.

Carl-Henric spent his early career at Asea Brown Boveri and the Securitas Group, before moving to the Assa Abloy Group as president and chief executive officer.

From 2003 until 31 December 2009, he was president and chief executive officer of Ericsson, also serving as the chairman of Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB. He was a non-executive director of Ericsson between 2009 and 2012. He was appointed chairman and a member of the board of AB Volvo on 4 April 2012.

He is a member of the External Advisory Board of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and a member of the Advisory Board of Harvard Kennedy School. He is also the recipient of the King of Sweden’s medal for his contribution to Swedish industry.

Relevant experience and skills

Carl-Henric Svanberg has, throughout his career, been involved with businesses with a global reach. He has done this as both a chairman and a chief executive officer. His experience is very broad which has assisted him in leading the board in the development of the group’s strategy. He is focused on the development of the board as the long-term stewards of the company and ensuring the right combination of skills and diversity on the board to deliver that task.

Carl-Henric Svanberg’s performance has been evaluated by the chairman’s committee, led by Andrew Shilston.

(a) Safety, ethics and environment assurance

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