Carl-Henric Svanberg


Tenure: appointed 1 September 2009

Board and committee activities:
Chair of the nomination and chairman’s committees; attends the safety, ethics and environment assurance, remuneration and geopolitical committees

Outside interests:
Chairman of AB Volvo

Age: 63

Nationality: Swedish


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

He 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 is a highly experienced leader of global corporations. He has served as both chief executive officer and chairman to high profile businesses, giving him a deep understanding of international strategic and commercial issues. His experience allows him to co-ordinate the diverse range of knowledge and skills provided by the board.

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

(a) Safety, ethics and environment assurance committee

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