Jens Henriksson was appointed as President and CEO of Swedbank. Jens Henriksson will take on his position as soon as possible and replaces Anders Karlsson, who has been acting CEO since 28 March, 2019.
Jens Henriksson will join Swedbank from his previous assignment as President of Folksam, and CEO of Folksam Liv and Folksam Sak.
“With Jens Henriksson, the bank will have a CEO who combines an experienced leadership, a strong communicative ability and a broad knowledge of the banking and financial industry. Jens Henriksson has the overall competence that is required to take on the current situation of the bank based on recent criticism, the rapid technological change and the competition that characterises the banking sector. Furthermore, Jens Henriksson has an understanding of the societal development both in Sweden and globally, in combination with a great respect and understanding of Swedbank’s values and heritage”, says Göran Persson, Chairman of the Board, Swedbank AB (publ).
Jens Henriksson has previously been CEO of the Stockholm Stock Exchange, Nasdaq OMX. He has also been a board member at the IMF in Washington. During his time in Washington he was responsible for the Baltic and Nordic region, and worked with Latvian and Icelandic IMF programs. Jens Henriksson has also, during a shorter period, been Head of banking relations at Swedbank and has a long experience from the Swedish Ministry of Finance, where he held different positions including State Secretary with assignments in the EU Financial and Economic Committee, EFC. Jens Henriksson holds a M.sc. degree in Electrical Engineering and a B.A in Economics and a Ph.lic in Economics.
Swedbank is one of the primary banks in Sweden, together with Nordea, Handelsbanken, and SEB. In 2001, a deal to merge Swedbank (then FSB) with SEB failed as the European Commission thought that the merged company would have had too dominant a position in the Swedish banking market. Today, Swedbank has 4.1 million private customers in Sweden.