Press Information: Saab Automobile Parts AB appoints new CFO and new Sales & Marketing Director

Saab Automobile Parts AB has appointed Fredrik Gyllefjord (31) as CFO and Claes Kalderén (41) as Director of Sales & Marketing. Fredrik and Claes take up their appointments during June and will be members of the Saab Automobile Parts AB management team. They will report to Lennart Ståhl, CEO.

Claes Kalderén
Claes Kalderén

Fredrik Gyllefjord_
Fredrik Gyllefjord_

Fredrik Gyllefjord has held the position as CFO for Saab Automobile Parts AB on a consultancy basis since January 2012. Fredrik is a partner in a consulting company and in that role has, amongst other things, had assignments as a management consultant and has worked with the acquisition and sale of companies. He has previously been employed within Saab Automobile AB where he has had a number of assignments within the finance function covering for example financing, treasury, business development and deputy CFO.

Claes Kalderén comes to us from the Districom Group, a consulting company, where he was a founding member and managing director. The company, which is based in China, specializes in the development of sales and distribution channels for the Asian automotive industry. Claes also brings with him his valuable experience from Mercedes-Benz in China where he was the Senior Fleet Sales Manager with responsibility for establishing the car sales organisation in China.

“We are very happy that Fredrik and Claes are now joining the management team. Fredrik has a wide ranging experience of finance work and development issues at an international level and Claes has a solid background in the development of effective international sales channels combined with an extensive knowledge of the automotive industry. The combined experience that Fredrik and Claes bring with them will be an invaluable resource in the development phase in which the company now finds itself”, says Lennart Ståhl, CEO of Saab Automobile Parts AB.

As an independent subsidiary, Saab Automobile Parts AB remained outside the bankruptcy process for the vehicle manufacturing company Saab Automobile AB. The company has continued to serve the global network of about 1 200 distributors and Saab Authorized Repairers in more than 60 countries with Saab Genuine parts, accessories and technical support. The company is owned by the Swedish state since December 2012.

Facts Saab Automobile Parts AB
– Number of employees in Sweden: Nyköping about 260, Trollhättan about 50. The company is headquartered in Nyköping. Number of employees in the subsidiaries: about 45.
– The company is responsible for warehousing, distribution and sale of Saab Genuine parts and accessories for all Saab Authorized Repairers and service partners globally and also sell logistics services to a number of outside companies.
– Have been responsible for Saab Automobile spare parts handling since the 1960s.
– Storage area: around 88 000 m•.
– Storage: about 70 000 articles.
– Capacity: about 30 000 order lines/day.
– Shipment of 50 trucks distributed each day.
– The company is owned by the Swedish state.

Angelo V.
Member
3 years 3 months ago

I wonder if Mr. Gyllefjord will be spearheading the search for advertising agencies around the world? Hopefully he’ll lay down the law: “If anyone suggests using ‘Born From Jets’ again, not only will they be fired—-but they will face a firing squad.” We can only hope. “Move Your Mind” was only slightly less ridiculous.

Silas
Member
3 years 3 months ago

For NEVS, with their new electric car market, maybe they could say “Born from buses” since that’s where the R&D for the batteries came from. Saab Parts AB right now just needs to let dealers, owners and potential buyers that parts will be available to not be afraid of buying or keeping a Saab, which will also help resale value.

maanders
Member
3 years 3 months ago

Why would the marketing director for Saab Automobile Parts AB have anything to do with marketing slogans for NEVS Saab cars? I would think he would be marketing the parts and supply of parts.

Angelo V.
Member
3 years 3 months ago

MA: That’s a good point. I scanned it quickly before leaving for work and was thinking NEVS, not Saab parts. Marketing of parts is a much different animal for sure—–trade magazines and such, not a media blitz. Then again, I don’t see a media blitz in NEVS’ future either.

E in DC
Member
3 years 3 months ago

So, what’s the latest on the relationship between Saab cars (NEVS) and Saab parts? Still seems like NEVS should bring them back into the fold. Although, a tight-knit partnership would have the same effect for customers. Basically, anything less than a seamless experience for the customers would be confusing and ultimately detrimental.

Angelo V.
Member
3 years 3 months ago

It’s a weird thing that the parts for most years of Saab will be provided by a company that has nothing to do with the company selling new Saabs and supplying parts for new Saabs. Very peculiar. I’d rather see one entity responsible for all of it.

JST1981
Member
3 years 3 months ago

This is not really something new. Kia for example sells cars, parts are being sold by a company called MOBIS (at least here in Germany).

Angelo V.
Member
3 years 3 months ago

Well, truth be told, GM had parts sold by AC/DELCO—-but come on, the relationship was tight—-I believe GM owned AC/Delco. I’m more comfortable if the parent company has complete control. By the way, I own a KIA minivan. So far, it’s been great. But I have read online where people complain that parts cost too much in comparison to other makes at that price point.

Chris Hansel
Member
3 years 3 months ago

Well, 41 and 30, running Saab. Here is what 30 years in corporate tell me. Too young to have any real control, too young to push back upper management when they want what they want. Too young to really understand the history of the brand in a personal way. I wish NEVS the very best, I really do, but let us not deceive ourselves as to what is really happening. Yes, I vote for any Saab, rather than no Saab, but my eyes are wide open.

Angelo V.
Member
3 years 3 months ago
Chris—but as was pointed out to me, this isn’t about NEVS, it’s just about Saab Parts, which is unrelated to NEVS (Yeah, figure that one out.). Anyway, I scanned it quickly and when I saw that one of the individuals had extensive experiene in China, I must have just assumed NEVS without reading it correctly. I agree with your observations—-though my experience is that many times, the CFO can be a lackey for the CEO and the head of Advertising/Marketing can have some “real control” as it relates to advertising/marketing—-just depends how the organization is set up. If the leadership… Read more »
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