SAS Group Management

Group Management is responsible for the company’s business management, financial reporting, acquisitions /disposals, financing and communication and other corporate matters.

The members of the Group Management are appointed by the President in consultation with the Board of Directors. Only the President reports to the Board, although the other members of Group Management reports to the President.

Group Management’s responsibilities are divided among its members with regard to managing the company’s business affairs, and minuted meetings are normally held every second week.

Rickard Gustafson, born 1964

President & CEO. Member of SAS Group Management from February 1, 2011.

Previously, various executive positions in GE Capital, both in Europe and the US, and President of Codan/Trygg-Hansa from 2006–2011.

External directorships: Chairman of Aleris and board member of FAM AB.

Education: Master of Science, Industrial Economics.

Shareholding: 40,000 common shares. A close relative to Rickard Gustafson holds 5 common shares.

Göran Jansson, born 1958

Deputy CEO & EVP Strategy & Ventures. Member of SAS Group Management since 2011.

Previously CFO and Deputy CEO of Assa Abloy.

External directorships: Board member of SPP.

Education: Graduate in Business Administration from Stockholm University.

Shareholding: No present shareholding in SAS.

Torbjørn Wist, born 1968

Executive Vice President & CFO. Member of SAS Group Management since 2018.

Previously: Group Treasurer at Telenor ASA and multiple financial leadership positions at Salomon Brothers, Merrill Lynch and Greenhill & Co.

External directorships: None

Education: Business degree from Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada.

Shareholding: No present shareholding in SAS

Mattias Forsberg, born 1972

Executive Vice President & CIO. Member of SAS Group Management since 1 January 2016.

Previously: CIO at Systembolaget 2011-2015 and before that CIO B&B Tools and strategy/management Consultant at Accenture with experience from Swedish and international businesses.

Externa directorships: None.

Education: Master Degree in Engineering Physics and a Bachelor Degree in Economics at Uppsala University.

Shareholding: No present shareholding in SAS.

Carina Malmgren Heander, born 1959

Executive Vice President & Chief of Staff. Member  of SAS Group Management since January 1, 2015

Previously: Senior Vice President AB Electrolux and a number of leading positions in HR and operations at Electrolux, Sandvik and ABB.

External directorships: Svedbergs AB and Scandinavian Track Group AB.

Education: MBA, Linköping University.

Shareholding: No present shareholding in SAS.


Annelie Nässén, born 1968

Executive Vice President Sales & Marketing. Member of SAS Group Management since July 1, 2017.

Previously: VP Global Sales & Revenue Management and several leading commercial positions since 2005. Before that 15 years of various management positions in Travel Retail and General Manager for Ego Stores.

External directorships: None.

Education: Bachelor of Management / BI Norwegian Business School Oslo, DIHM Marketing Management / IHM Business School

Shareholding: 933 common shares.


Karl Sandlund, born 1977

Executive Vice President Commercial. Member of SAS Group Management since February 1, 2014.

Previously: Most recently, Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer and previously worked in various management positions for SAS. Karl Sandlund worked for McKinsey before joining SAS in 2004.

External directorships: Board member of Storebrand ASA.

Education: M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management from Linköping University.

Shareholding: 2,000 common shares.