Interview: Nils-Johan Andersson – Saab’s new finance chief

It’s always encouraging to see good people willing to get on board at Saab. Yesterday, Saab announced the appointment of a new Chief Financial Officer, being Nils-Johan Andersson.

Swedish newspaper Helsingborgs Dagblad has had a chat with Andersson, and Arild has been kind enough to provide a transcript for us.

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Lindab Manager chooses Saab

Lindab CFO Nils-Johan Andersson is the new vice president and CFO at Saab Automobile.

Nils-Johan Andersson, 48 years old, will leave the Lindab Group after twelve years and become vice president and CFO at Saab Automobile. He describes it as a very difficult decision but it is a challenge that he just could not turn down.

– When this issue arose, it seemed so exciting that I wanted to give it a proper chance, says Nils-Johan Andersson.

– It is an exciting company with of course huge challenges ahead.

He took the decision after having gone through Saab’s and the owner Spyker’s business plan. He believes there’s a future for the Swedish car classic.

– Of course that’s my belief. They have reduced the costs to a level which makes it possible to make money when they sell around 80 000 cars per year. I consider the project as entirely feasible.

Otherwise, you would not have taken this job?

– No of course not. I had a fantastic time at Lindab which has a stable and international business. But this feels like a big challenge.

He has his roots in Småland and says that the family moved down from Stockholm to Ängelholm when he began as CFO at Lindab in 1999. Since then he has been involved in both delisting and relisting Lindab on the stock exchange.

– We ran the company as private equity firm until 2006 when we relisted the company and have since built up a good confidence in the stock market.

He has also served on the board of the ice-hockey club Rögle for seven or eight years, but he intends on leaving that position at the next annual meeting.

– It’s been an amazing journey with Rögle and the new arena. It is of course hard to leave the board.

When do you start in Trollhättan?

– We have not set any date. First I must see to it that the transition is working well here at Lindab.

The recruitment process to find his successor has already begun.

Oscar, from Barcelona
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5 years 7 months ago

Good thing to see new managers and high responsibles going to Saab. This gives a good message to the markets. If there are good skilled professionals willing to go to the company is because they see a future of possibilities. Good, good.

Tompa
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Tompa
5 years 7 months ago

Following Lindab through the last collaps of the world economy you will see that Nils-Johan is a pro at his job.

Happy for you Mr Andersson and a heartily welcome to the wonderful world of Saab.
And congrats to Saab.

But Rögle? Hmm. And JÅJ is an AIK supporter.. Ooooh 😉

Cheers/Tom

Saabulon
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Saabulon
5 years 7 months ago

Having a top finance manager with a true understanding and knowledge of how to deal with the financial impact of industrial processes is, with the lack of stronger words, simply and undeniably über-critical for turning around a manufacturing company in an industry plagued by remorseless competition. Pheew, long sentence.

JH
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JH
5 years 7 months ago

Mr. Andersson seems to be a good man for this job. I wish him good luck at Saab! 🙂

OddJob
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OddJob
5 years 7 months ago

Also on Automotive News now

Nate 9-3
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Nate 9-3
5 years 7 months ago

I love how he says that he is excited about the challenge. This man wants to be tested and stretched. He seems and ambitious!

Peter
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Peter
5 years 7 months ago

Nils-Johan Andersson var personen som stoppade Saab som tjänstebil inom Lindabkoncernen……..

Red J
Member
5 years 7 months ago

Let’s hope that he now lobbies at Lindab to allow Saab as a company car once again. 🙂

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