Kjell-Åke Eriksson Appointed To Manage Saab Sweden

Posted on 31. Jul, 2009 by in 2000-2009

Kjell-Ã…ke Eriksson, who Saab History interviewed back in January of 2008 in Detroit at the NAIAS, has now been appointed as General Manager for Saab Automobile in Sweden. I would highly suggest you watch my interview to learn more about him, the interview is just over a year old now, but very relevant to learning about him and his background.

His previous position involved managing Saab in Germany for just about a year, so now he returns to Sweden to continue his long and incredible career with Saab once again in his native land.

Kjell-Ã…ke Eriksson has been appointed General Manager for Saab in Sweden with an effective date of August 17.
In this role Kjell-Ã…ke is replacing Patrik Riese, who has elected to pursue a career outside General Motors.

We would like to thank Patrik for his drive and dedicated work during the years he has been with Saab and General Motors.

Kjell-Ã…ke – currently Managing Director Saab Deautschland – has served in several senior positions and brings a wealth of experience:
Purchasing Manager, Saab-Scania
Chief Engineer, Saab Automobile
Director, Parts & Service, Saab Automobile
Vehicle Line Executive – covering several Saab products

Kjell-Ã…ke has served many years in Sweden, but also in the US and Germany.

The appointment of Kjell-Ã…ke demonstrates our commitment to the Swedish Organization and the importance of the Swedish Market.

We wish him much success in his new assignment and trust on your full support.

In the interim period – until Kjell-Ã…ke is in place on August 17 – all business matters previously requiring the attention of Patrik Riese should be referred to Ralph Gonsalves.

From August 17 there will be a split of responsibilities:
– Business matters related to the Opel and Chevrolet will be handled by Ralph and dedicated Brand Teams.
– Business matters related to the Saab Brand will be handled by Kjell-Ã…ke and a dedicated Brand Team.
This is in line with the organizational steps planned for the three Brands in Sweden.

Jan Ã…ke Jonsson
Managing Director
Saab Automobile AB

Ralph Gonsalves
Regional Executive Director Nordic
General Motors

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  1. Markc

    31. Jul, 2009

    It makes little sense that Patrik Riese is leaving because he “has elected to pursue a career outside General Motors”. If he stayed with Saab, wouldn’t he effectively be pursuing a career outside of GM?

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  2. peter

    31. Jul, 2009

    Maybe he doesn’t see a future for himself or Saab ?


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  3. Thyl Engelhardt

    03. Aug, 2009

    Well, better luck to Mr. Eriksson in Sweden than he had in Germany, where Saab more or less collapsed. I see more 9-3 I on the streets than 9-3 II; seven years after the first generation was discontinued. THe brand is no more “en vogue”, as it appears.

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