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: 65

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 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 in 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 skills and experience

Carl-Henric Svanberg is a highly experienced leader of global corporations. He has served as chief executive officer and chairman to several high profile businesses, leading them through both periods of growth and restructuring. These experiences bring not only a deep understanding of international strategic and commercial issues, but the skills to co-ordinate the diverse range of knowledge and perspectives provided by the board. He therefore enables the board to present clear and united leadership on behalf of shareholders. Carl-Henric has successfully led the board for the past eight years and has announced his intention to stand down before the AGM in 2019.

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

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