29 May 1952|
Chairman of BP |
Chairman of Volvo
Life and career
Svanberg holds a Master's degree in Applied Physics from the Linköping Institute of Technology and a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Uppsala University. Svanberg holds honorary doctorates from Luleå University of Technology and Linköping University.
Before joining Ericsson, he led another Swedish industrial company - Assa Abloy. Svanberg serves on other boards, including:
Svanberg joined the BP board as chairman-designate on 1 September 2009, and succeeded Peter Sutherland as chairman on 1 January 2010.
He and his wife Agneta, an associate professor at Uppsala University, filed for divorce on 17 September 2009. They were married for 26 years and have three children together. Svanberg is a dedicated fan of Djurgårdens IF and serves on the board of Djurgårdens IF Hockey. He is a former ice hockey player himself, having played for IF Björklöven in Umeå during his youth.
Deepwater Horizon oil spill
On 16 June 2010, Svanberg met with US President Barack Obama to discuss BP's responsibility for the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He caused a PR uproar by afterwards expressing BP's concern for the common people along the Gulf Coast of the United States whose livelihood is threatened by the oil spill by saying, "We care about the small people", drawing upon a Swedish phrase, den lilla människan. The correct translation of the Swedish phrase would have been "the common person". Svanberg subsequently apologized for the term and attributed his unfortunate choice of words to a "slip in translation".
- Jan Malmgren. Svanberg new chairman of Volvo. Svenska Dagbladet (Swedish), 6 December 2011.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-06.
- "BP Selects New Chairman to Succeed Peter Sutherland" (Press release). BP. 25 June 2009. Archived from the original on 4 July 2013. Retrieved 2010-06-17.
- "Carl-Henric Svanberg fick Detektors hederspris". securityworldhotel.com (in Swedish).
- Ann Gerhart. BP chairman talks about the 'small people,' further angering gulf. The Washington Post, 17 June 2010.
- Tricia Bisoux, "Making Connections: Carl-Henric Svanberg, CEO of telecom giant Ericsson, takes on big problems by offering sweeping solutions" (profile of and interview with Carl-Henric Svanberg), BizEd (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International), January/February 2009, pp. 16–20, 22.