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Andreas Hedskog (born 1974), Chair of the Board since 2011
Education: MA from the University of Cambridge and OPM from Harvard Business School. Reserve Officer Mj, Swedish Defence College.
Background: Andreas Hedskog is the founder of the Company and was CEO of the Company for eleven years, before becoming chair of the board in 2011.
Current assignment: Chair of the board of Hedskog Equity AB. Board Member of HAEVE AB, Newbury Pharmaceuticals AB, Säkerhets- och försvarsföretagen, SnigelDesign AB and Stiftelsen Scur. Deputy director of Bold Communication Sweden AB.
Previous positions (last five years): Southside Padel AB.
Louise Bagewitz (born 1981), Board member since 2022
Education: Master of Business Administration from Stockholm School of Economics and Certificate of Management Excellence from Harvard Business School in Boston.
Background: Louise Bagewitz was previously CEO of Fortnox Finans AB, part of the Fortnox Group, which is supervised by the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority. Prior to that, Louise was acting CEO and President of IST Group, an educational tech SaaS company, and IT Director at Nobia.
Current positions: Group CEO of Crowd Collective, an IT consulting business within the AW Group; Executive Director of Crowd Collective Group AB and Crowd Collective Holding AB. Director of Capcito Finance AB, Capcito Lending 2 AB and Capcito Systems AB.
Previous positions (last five years): CEO Fortnox Finans AB. Director of JaRocka Roll Studios AB. CEO of IST Group AB. Chair of the Board of IST Sverige AB, Sigfridshäll i Växjö AB and Lärandets Hus AB. Deputy director of Schoolido AB.
David Lidbetter (born 1963), Board member since 2012
Education: Senior Leadership and Board Director programmes at Henley Business School and London Business School.
Background: David Lidbetter has a 25 year Executive career holding senior leadership roles within the Support Services sector. He previously worked for G4S in Regional CEO and Global Divisional roles building a wealth of knowledge and expertise within Security, Logistics, Risk Management and Outsourcing. He was Chairman, and Director, on numerous JV and subsidiary Boards across EMEA. Since leaving Executive duties he has operated as a NED, consultant and industry expert advising many of Europe’s leading Private Equity funds and PE led businesses.
Current assignment: Owner and director of Ilumina Ltd.
Previous positions (last five years): –
Lena Ridström (born 1965), Board member since 2022
Education: Master in Business Administration from Linköping University.
Background: Lena Ridström is CEO of Columbus Sweden AB, an IT consulting company in the development, implementation and maintenance of digital business solutions with more than 1,600 employees globally. Lena also has experience of senior management and board positions in other IT-focused companies such as Good Solutions, IMI Group and Pagero.
Current assignment: CEO of Columbus Sweden AB. Director of Industri-Matematik International AB, Industri-Matematik Holding AB, Industri-Matematik Intressenter AB, Good Solutions Sweden AB, Primevision AB, Primevision Consulting AB and Oriola Oyj. Deputy director of Consult Eva Söderlund Stockholm AB.
Previous positions (last five years): Director of SealFX AB, Primelog Holding AB, Primelog Intressenter AB, Primelog Services AB, Primelog Software AB, ARRIGO Logistics Consultants Aktiebolag, Financial Industrial (FIND) Consulting AB. Deputy director of Termino C 6079 AB and Termino C 2988 AB.
Mats Hjerpe (born 1974), Board member since 2016
Education: Master’s degree in Business and Economics from Stockholm University.
Background: Mats Hjerpe is a Partner and Investment Manager at Priveq Investment and holds a number of Board positions in Priveq’s portfolio companies. Mats joined Priveq in 2003 and prior to that was at Aragon Fondkomposition.
Current positions: Director of Caybon Holding AB, Caybon LP AB, Caybon International AB, QleanAir AB, QleanAir Scandinavia AB, Hedskog Equity AB, Priveq Holding V AB, Smoke Free Systems Finance AB, YPO Service AB, Aquilonis AB and Aquilonis Invest AB. Deputy director of Priveq Advisory AB, Priveq Investment V(A) AB and Priveq Investment V(B) AB. Non-management signatory of Priveq Investment VI (A) AB, Priveq Investment VI (B) AB and Priveq Advisory VI AB.
Previous positions (last five years): Director of CSAM Health AS, CSAM Group AS and YPO Sweden.
Christine Rankin (born 1964), Board member since 2022
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Economics from Stockholm University.
Background: Christine Rankin was formerly a Chartered Accountant and Partner at PwC where she worked from 1988-2014 and where she mainly worked with listed companies. Christine Rankin has also held senior positions at Serneke and Cherry AB (CFO), among others. Christine Rankin has previous experience as a director and member of the audit committee in listed companies, such as Coinshares International Ltd and Adventure Box Technology AB (publ).
Current positions: Director, chair of the audit committee and member of the remuneration committee of Coinshares International Ltd. Director and member of the audit committee and remuneration committee of Orexo AB (publ). Corporate Controller Veoneer Inc and CEO and director of Veoneer AB. Director of Veoneer Sweden AB. Deputy director of Arriver AB.
Previous positions (last five years): Chair of the board of Zeunity AB. Director of Adventure Box Technology AB (publ) and CFO of Cherry AB. Director of Adventrum AB, Come On Stockholm AB, Cherry Spelglädje AB, Cherry Casino Syd AB and Svenska Klubbspel AB. Director and chair of the audit committee of Technopolis plc.
The Board of Directors of the Group is the highest decision-making body after the General Meeting.
In accordance with the Swedish Companies Act, the Board of Directors is responsible for the management and organisation of the Group, which means that the Board of Directors is responsible for, among other things, establishing procedures and strategies, ensuring that established objectives are evaluated, continuously evaluating the Group’s financial position and performance, and evaluating operational management. The Board of Directors is also responsible for ensuring the timely preparation of the annual report, consolidated financial statements and interim reports. In addition, the Board of Directors appoints the CEO.
The Board of Directors follows written rules of procedure which are revised annually and adopted at the inaugural board meeting each year, or otherwise if required. The rules of procedure regulate, inter alia, board practices, functions and the allocation of work between board members and committees, the CEO and established committees. At the inaugural board meeting, the Board also establishes the instructions for the CEO, including instructions for financial reporting.
The Board of Directors meets according to an annual schedule. In addition to these meetings, additional Board meetings may be convened to deal with matters that cannot be referred to a regular Board meeting. In addition to Board meetings, the Chairman of the Board and the CEO have an ongoing dialogue regarding the management of the Group. The Chairman of the Board has specific responsibility for the management of the Board’s work and that the Board’s work is well organised and carried out in an efficient manner.
The members of the Board of Directors are elected each year at the Annual General Meeting for the period until the end of the next Annual General Meeting.
The current holdings of each person in the Board and the management team can be retrieved here
As 4C Strategies enters a new period of expansion and development of the business, we take a closer look at the new composition of the Board of Directors at 4C, and ask three key questions to board members Louise Bagewitz, Lena Ridström and Christine Rankin who recently joined.