Bjorn Saven is currently the Founder Chairman and was previously Chief Executive of IK Investment Partners (formerly Industri Kapital, initially a part of the SE Banken Group), a leading European private equity firm focused on acquisitions across the Nordic countries, Benelux, France, Germany and Poland, with circa €6billion funds committed under management.
His earlier career included working as Division President, CFO and Director with Esselte (global manufacturer and distributor of retail and office supplies as well as printer and publisher) as well as analyst at Gulf Oil (subsequently Chevron/Q8).
He is an experienced Non Executive Director with prior NED and Chairman/Deputy Chairman level roles including Nordea Bank, Alfa Laval, Vattenfall AB, Orkla ASA and Konecranes Oyj. He was chairman of the British-Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Stockholm for five years and is currently deputy Chairman of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Britain.
He works extensively with think tanks such as Reform and Policy Exchange in London and has previously worked with SNS and IVA in Stockholm focusing on Energy, Financial Services and Health Care.
He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a degree from the Stockholm School of Economics and Business. He is also an honorary doctor from that school as well as from Lund University and the Swedish School of Economics and Business in Helsinki. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences as well as the Bulgarian Science Academy. Mr Saven holds the King of Sweden’s gold medal (12th size in the band of the Seraph) for services to industry. Mr Saven also holds national honours from Belgium, Finland, France, Germany and Poland.
Bjorn Saven is also a Trustee and Board Member of Tommy’s, a Member of the Surgical scholarship programme and a sponsor of the Royal College of Surgeons, a supporter/donor of The Stroke Association, a supporter/donor of Cancer Research UK, a Member of the Court of Patrons at Thrombosis Research Institute, a Platinum Ambassador of Contact a Family, a Founder and donor of The 1535 Society – The Appeal for The Chapel Royal of St Peter Ad Vincula (Tower of London) and a donor of The National Portrait Gallery.