June 30, 2020 Swe-Cham’s 60th Annual General Meeting

Tuesday 30 June 2020
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The Swedish Chamber welcomes new Board members at the 60th Annual General Meeting June 30, 2020


On June 30, 2020, the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the Netherlands welcomed members to its 60th Annual General Meeting (AGM), hosted for the first time in a virtual setting in light of the ongoing pandemic.

At the meeting, Herrik van der Gaag, CEO at Volvo Car Netherlands, Ruth de Jager, Country Manager for Storytel in The Netherlands and Rik Zuidmeer, Partner and member of the International Leadership Team of

“The Swedish Chamber for Commerce brings together some of the best Swedish companies represented in the Netherlands, bridging  cultural differences and providing platforms for interpersonal relations, essential for today’s international business environment”, says Herrik van der Gaag in his motivation to serve as a Member of the Board of Directors at the Swedish Chamber of Commerce.Mercuri Urval and Executive Director for Mercuri Urval NL were elected to the Board of Directors.

Ruth de Jager:“I am honoured to be considered as a member of the board of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce, It is impressive to see the reach and inspiration Kerstin and her network set in motion. I very much support the Swedish core values, like sustainability and especially the much admired equality between men and women.”

“The Swedish Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to welcome the new appointments. The elected members are all respected  and engaged business leaders from their respective sectors, and will serve alongside an already impressive list of Swedish-Dutch business profiles. We are very much looking forward to working with the three of them,”  says Ehsan Turabaz, Chairman of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the Netherlands.

At the AGM the following Board Members were retiring: Ruud Joosten Akzo Nobel, Peter Smink and Wilma Buis, Mercuri Urval.  “The Swedish Chamber of Commerce would like to thank Ruud, Peter and Wilma for the great collaboration during their years and for their commitment and contribution to the development of the Swedish Chamber. A special thank to Wilma Buis as head of the Nominating Committee and also for very successfully  leading the Swedish Chamber of Commerce Mentorship Program for the past 5 years,” says Ehsan Turabaz, Chairman of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce. “We wish Ruud, Peter and Wilma lots of success for the future and looking forward to keep you in our network” Ehsan Turabaz continues.

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting 2019 was chaired by Vice Chairman Johan Uhlin, Managing Director Scania Production Zwolle.


New Board Members: 



Welcome to read more about the new Board Members here

Welcome to read “Thank you and goodbye” by Wilma Buis here

10.00 – 10.30  Annual General Meeting Chaired by Vice Chairman Johan Uhlin, Managing Director  Scania Production Zwolle
10.30 – 11.15
Address by H.E. Ambassador of Sweden Mrs. Annika Markovic
Short presentations about how the COVID-19 pandemic has effected business and the expectations looking forward.
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce cordially thank the Speakers for their presentations and business updates.