Hakon Invest AB : Changed organization in Hakon Invest
Hakon Invest's CFO Göran Blomberg and General Counsel Fredrik Hägglund to
leave their respective positions with Hakon Invest and be employed at
ICA-handlarnas Förbund (the Association of ICA Retailers) as of May 20, 2013.
The Association of ICA Retailers will thus strengthen its organization in
conjunction with the acquisition of ICA in order to make clear its role as
principal owner of one of the largest listed retail companies in the Nordic
In conjunction with Hakon Invest's acquisition of the remaining shares in ICA,
the role of the Association of ICA Retailers as a long-term and active
principal owner will change. Instead of being an indirect owner in ICA through
its holding in Hakon Invest, the Association of ICA Retailers will be a direct
owner in the listed retail operations ICA Gruppen with a long-term holding of
approximately 51 percent. The Board of the Association of ICA Retailers has
therefore decided to strengthen the organization to enable it to exercise its
role as a long-term and active owner in the best manner. Hakon Invest's CFO
Göran Blomberg and General Counsel Fredrik Hägglund will be employed by the
Association of ICA Retailers, Göran Blomberg as CFO and Fredrik Hägglund as
General Counsel and Vice President, with effect from May 20, 2013.
Peter Berlin, member of the Board of Hakon Invest and Chairman of the Board of
the Association of ICA Retailers, comments: "The Association of ICA Retailers'
strengthening of its organization with Göran Blomberg and Fredrik Hägglund
secures vital skills in finance and law. Their many years of experience as
members of ICA's Board have given them an in-depth understanding of the ICA
system and the ICA idea. These are valuable credentials for us in our future
role as principal owner of ICA Gruppen."
In conjunction with Hakon Invest's Annual General Meeting in May, it is
intended to change Hakon Invest's name to ICA Gruppen. The intended new CEO of
ICA Gruppen is ICA's CEO Per Strömberg. Hakon Invest's present CEO Claes-Göran
Sylvén will remain as CEO of the Association of ICA Retailers, a position he
has held since 2003. Per Strömberg is expected to take up the position of CEO
of ICA Gruppen in May 2013 and the rest of the organization in the new ICA
Gruppen will be announced in good time prior to this.
For further information, please contact:
Hakon Invest Board member
Chairman ICA-handlarnas Förbund
tel. + 46708 26 36 05
tel. +46 8 55 33 99 64
Head of Investor Relations
tel. +46 8 55 33 99 55
The information herein is such that Hakon Invest AB must disclose pursuant to
the Swedish Securities Market Act and/or the Swedish Financial Instruments
Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication at 08.00 CET on
Friday, March 15, 2013.
Hakon Invest, which is listed on Nasdaq OMX Stockholm, conducts active and
long-term investment operations in retail-oriented companies in the Nordic and
Baltic region. Hakon Invest owns 40% of ICA AB, the Nordic region's leading
retail company with a focus on food. The portfolio also includes shares in
Forma Publishing Group, Kjell & Company, Cervera, inkClub and Hemtex. Further
information about Hakon Invest is available at www.hakoninvest.se
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