Henriksson will take the reins at the Swedish truck and bus-maker on January 1
Scania’s board of directors has appointed Henrik Henriksson as the new president and chief executive of the Swedish commercial vehicle manufacturing firm.
Henriksson, who succeeds Per Hallberg, will take up his new post on January 1, 2016. On the same date, he will also become a member of the Volkswagen Truck & Bus Management board, Scania announced in a statement.
“Henrik Henriksson is a capable and experienced person, with great entrepreneurial spirit and visionary leadership. He has the right profile to lead and develop the company in the long-term,” said Andreas Renschler, chairman of the Scania board of directors.
Born in 1970, Henriksson holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He has been a member of Scania’s executive board since 2012 and is currently executive vice president and head of sales and marketing. He joined Scania as a management trainee in 1997 and has held a number of senior positions in the company’s marketing organisation.
“I look forward to the task of continuing to develop Scania in accordance with the goals and strategies established by the company management and the Board. We will continue to broaden the offering of products and services that drives profitability for our customers and us as well as our efforts to become the leader in sustainable transport,” Henriksson said.
The outgoing president and chief executive Per Hallberg will resign from his operational positions next year, Scania said.
“I would like to thank Per Hallberg for taking over the CEO position in April this year on short call, for keeping Scania on its high level of excellence and its employees being motivated during those times of changes,” said Renschler.
Per Hallbergh was appointed as acting president and CEO in March this year, after Scania’s former head Martin Lundstedt left the firm and took on the role of chief executive at rival Volvo.
Scania’s sales during the first nine months of 2015 rose to SEK69.7 billion ($8bn), with earnings amounting to SEK7 billion ($809m). The manufacturer, however, suffered weak demand in Eurasia on account of the turbulence in the region, reporting a decrease in order bookings particularly in the Middle East.