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Nordic China Summit

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As an introduction of our speakers, we asked them the following questions. Please click on their names for the answers.

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  • Your best or funniest memory from China or the Nordics

ZZ Zhang

 President, Greater China, Sandvik and member of the Extended Group Executive Management.

Mr. Zhang has 25 years experience with Siemens and Nokia Siemens Network in China. He has worked in different groups (medical, automotive and telecom) and different countries (China, US and Germany). His most recent previous position was head of Nokia Siemens Network Greater China Region from April 2007 to March 2012, after which he joined Sandvik in May 2012.

“My best memory in the Nordics is the Finnish Sauna in winter Lapland.”

 

Vesa Vihavainen

 CEO and partner, Merivaara Corporation and Boardmember, Finland China Trade Association.

Mr. Vihavainen has acted as a board member and Chairman for Suzhou-based subsidiaries of Finnish companies Efore PLC and Teknikum Corp. Today Merivaara Corp. has a rep office in China.”

“My best memory from China was singing psalms in Finnish and my colleague playing piano on the restaurant level of the Pearl Tower in Pudong Park, Shanghai. Another one is from the hottest place in the Shanghai World Expo – Finnish Pavillion sauna. I even got a certificate for that.”
 

Susanne Kylebäck

 Global Transfer Pricing Manager, Volvo Car Group

Before Ms. Kylebäck joined Volvo Car Corporation she worked with international corporate tax and transfer pricing at EY for twelve years. In her current position she has for instance been responsible for transfer pricing in relation to setting up the new Volvo Cars supply chain in China.

“My fun memory in China was travelling by taxi in Shanghai, which is an experience for which there are no words except that there is a good market for Volvo Car´s safety features.”

 

Sissi Wang

 Assistant General Manager, Bank of China Sweden

Ms. Wang moved to Europe in 2004 and her most previous positionas was Head of China Business Development Division for Eurizon Capital S.A. Intesa Sanpaolo banking group. The main focus was China’s business development, Joint Venture company relationship management and China’s market analysis and regulatory update. Other positions in China was as Senior Manager at Siemens China.

“I enjoy the beauty of Stockholm – Old town, water and nature.”

 

Nigel Knight

 Managing Partner, Advisory Services in Greater China, EY.

Mr. Knight has spent the last 20 years living and working in China and the Asia-Pacific Region, initially based in HK and now in Shanghai. He leads EY's advisory practice in China and has 25 years consulting experience, focused primarily on business and organizational strategy, particularly around the challenges of achieving profitable growth in China. His clients include a number of the world's largest MNCs as well as leading local private owned enterprises (POEs).

“Best memory in China was being given a baby mini-pig as a pet for my 50th birthday (I was born in the Year of the Pig) only to find that 4 months later, my 'mini-pig' had grown to almost 50kg!”

 

Michel Eriksson

 Partner and Nordic Private Equity Sector Leader, EY.

Mr. Eriksson has 19 years of private equity experience from cross-border deals covering areas such as buy/vendor due diligence, deal structuring, M&A/debt advisory and valuation and financial modeling services.

 

Lone Fønss Schrøder

 Chairman of Audit Committee Volvo PV and Director Volvo PV

Ms. Schrøder started her career at A.P Möller-Maersk A/S where she worked for more than twenty years and held several senior positions throughout the years. In 2005, she became the President of Wallenius Lines. Currently, Ms. Schrøder is also Member of the Board at Aker ASA, Aker Solution ASA, Handelsbanken A/S, Vattenfall A/S and NKT A/S.

“My best memory from China is to drink new harvest tea in Zhejiang.”

 

Kristina Sandklef

 Macro Economist Asia, East Capital.

Ms. Sandklef started studying Chinese and China in 1990 and worked for nine years as a consumer market researcher mainly focusing on China at Ericsson, also working as a consultant for Sony Ericsson, Sony, and Chinese telecom operators. She joined East Capital as macro economist in 2011 after working as a security policy analyst at the Swedish Armed Forces for three years.

“Warm summer nights in Beijing sitting outside listening to cicadas while enjoying great Chinese food – that’s my favorite memories in China.”

 

Johan Jägerroos

 Vice President, Corporate Internal Audit, Wärtsilä Corporation

Mr Jägerroos joined Wärtsilä in 1991 in Hong Kong from where he after two years moved to Shanghai to establish the local activities. Since that he has held financial management and senior management positions in Wärtsilä in several countries including also France, Switzerland, Italy and Africa.

“My best memory from China since first time being there in 1985, having had the opportunity to see and experience the hard work made by the people in China, which has resulted in the strong development and growth of the country.”

 

Joanne Su

 Partner, Transfer Pricing, EY.

Ms. Su has 18 years of international tax and transfer pricing experience in London, China and Singapore. She acts as a trusted China advisor to more than a dozen Global and US Fortune 500 companies. In her old and current firms, she has done much work with most of the Nordic big names and currently has a large client base from Sweden and Denmark in particular. Ms. Su was named by Euromoney as one of the leading transfer pricing advisors in China.

“My first visit to Nordic was in 1994 to a small town in Tidaholm. The ferry that was supposed to arrive at Hull to pick up the passengers hit a rock and sank near the harbor. Luckily, we missed that ferry. We therefore had to arrange tour buses on the same day which drove from Leeds to Tidaholm, via Dover, Denmark and finally arrive at our destination. It was a long journey and I did not get to see much of Stockholm.”

 

Jermyn Brooks

 Member of the Board of Directors, Transparency International and Independent Chair, the Global Network Initiative.

Since retiring from PricewaterhouseCoopers in the year 2000, Mr. Brooks has been active within civil society and international organizations. These include in addition to Transparency International, where he built programs and tools to help the corporate world fight bribery and corruption; the democracy promoting organization International IDEA, the World Economic Forum and the UNGC.

“The funniest memory was of going to a Chinese restaurant in Beijing, returning very hungry from a trip to the Great Wall, and knowing no mandarin and seeing only a Chinese menu trying to eat the result of my poor ordering, with chopsticks - peas and a whole fish!”

 

Jan Ståhlberg

 Deputy CEO, EQT Partners

Previously, Mr. Ståhlberg worked at Ovako Steel, which he joined in 1985 and worked in various positions. In 1991, Mr. Ståhlberg was appointed Senior Vice President of Finance and member of the Executive Management of the Ovako Steel Group. Mr. Ståhlberg is currently a director of the board of Vertu.

 

 

Hans Sandberg

 Senior Legal Advisor, Atlas Copco Group.

Mr. Sandberg’s most recent position with Atlas Copco was Senior Vice President and General Counsel. In that capacity he was deeply involved in the building up of the presence of the Atlas Copco Group in China. The building up efforts reflect the development of the Chinese legal system over time from license agreements, over contractual and equity joint venture companies to wholly owned companies (trading, manufacturing, R&D centers and high tech companies) and - finally - a complete holding company structure with close to 20 entities.

“In the 80’s and 90’s the Chinese counter party was represented by local legal counsel at only a couple of occasions and at one of those the local counsel was only present for one day. When asked why, the response was: "It is enough with you being present. You can represent both parties" - that is the best of China to me".

 

Guo Xin

 General Manager, Bank of China Sweden

Mr. Guo’s most previous position was General Manager in Bank Card department at Bank of China Anhui branch. Before that, he has been working as Deputy General Manager in the Retail Banking Department in Anhui branch between 2006 and 2007. Before 2006 Mr. Guo was Deputy General Manager in the International Business Department in Anhui branch.

”The Nordic countries have fresh air and fresh water.”

 

Gordon Luo (Gang)

 CEO, Huawei Nordic.

Mr. Luo has been with Huawei for more than seven years in a numerous different positions and in various regions mostly within general management and sales. Before his engagements with Huawei Mr. Luo came from Siemes Mobile China Ltd.

“The best memory in Sweden is to have participated a table tennis match for the Chinese living in Sweden, where Lao Wa (瓦尔德内尔) joined the match to have a show. Then we took a photo together with him.”

 

Fredrik Wranéus

 Former Head of Nordic Investment Banking, Credit Suisse

Mr. Wranéus previous position before Credit Suisse was Managing Director at Merrill Lynch Nordic Investment Banking as well as European Financial Sponsors Group.

A funny memory from China was when listening to Roger Moore's guided tour of the Forbidden City in Beijing.

 

Frédéric Cho

 Special Advisor, Asia Corporate Finance, Handelsbanken Capital Markets and Vice Chairman Sweden-China Trade Council.

Mr. Cho is the only person in the Nordic countries who has worked in all parts of the Chinese financial sector (banking, insurance, investment banking, equities and funds) and also in the fields of pharmaceuticals and media. In his career he has previously worked for HQ Bank, Xinhua Finance Media, Skandia, SEB and Astra. With 18 years experience of Chinese related business he recently released "Kina enligt Cho" (Swedish, Kalla Kulor Förlag).

“Fun fact about me and China is that I play saxophone and I had the honour to be a member of Peking All-Stars, the first rock&roll band in Peking in the early 1980's!”

 

Erik Knijnenburg

 Global responsible for Transfer Pricing & Tax, H&M

Mr. Knijnenburg’s most previous position with H&M include Country Controller managing the financial monitoring of new shop projects and international expansion of new markets among which the US. Before that he was Country Manager of the Netherlands managing expansion and operations.

“Never a direct NO for an answer in China but only friendly faces”

 

Erik Skoglund

 Partner and Nordic leader for FIDS (Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services)

Mr. Skoglund was Senior Vice President Internal Audit at Skanska Group before he joined EY. He has various experiences from finance and audit positions in London and Chicago during 9 years.

”My first planned trip to China was canceled, I am still waiting for it to show up in my calendar.”

 

Anders Jonsson

 Industrial Adviser to Triton and boardmember in Tritons portfolio companies and Stock listed companies.

Mr. Jonsson had 34 years with ABB and was a member of ABB Group Executive Committee and Global Division Head in Zurich. He founded and operated a number of businesses - JV’s and green field – containing R/D, production and sales in China since 1991. Mr. Jonsson lived in China when he was Head of ABB Automation Segment.

“I appreciate the Chinese people “Can do – will win” approach in all situations and that a day has more than 24 hours.”