“During Ylva Berg’s tenure as CEO of Business Sweden, the Swedish Trade and Invest Council has gone through a major transformation. She will leave an efficient and business-oriented operation that provides tangible value for Sweden. I regret that Ylva has decided to resign after seven successful years as CEO,” says Ulrika Messing, Chairman of Business Sweden.

“This year, Business Sweden was recognised as the World’s Best Trade and Investment Promotion Organization by WTPO. This is just one of several milestones that Business Sweden has achieved under the leadership of Ylva Berg. On behalf of the entire Board I would like to express our thanks for the commitment, visionary leadership and strong bottom line focus that Ylva Berg has contributed. Today, Business Sweden attracts global top talent while the organisation’s work is rewarded with high and stable customer satisfaction from customers,” explains Ulrica Messing.

Ylva Berg started her position as CEO on April 1st, 2014. She will remain in her position until March 15th, 2021.

“I joined as CEO during a turbulent period for Business Sweden. The ambitious 2020 targets I was given have now been met by the organisation. I am proud of our global business development capability on more than 40 markets, delivering real impact day after day for Sweden. Today we have a solid platform for taking the next great leap forward towards our Vision 2025. This is a suitable time to pass over my responsibilities as CEO to a successor as I move on to new challenges in my professional life,” says Ylva Berg, CEO, Business Sweden.

The small and mid-sized companies in Business Sweden’s list of clients are, according to external studies, performing better in terms of longevity, export growth and number of employees than companies who have not received such support. By identifying large, international businesses globally and matching them with Swedish solutions, Business Sweden has in the last years contributed to close deals at a value of approximately 17 Billion Swedish Krona.