The 150-year-old-man-rule is broken when Carina Åkerström takes over as Handelsbanken’s fourth CEO since, 2015.

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At the Annual General Meeting of Grand Hôtel’s Winter Garden on March 27, 56-year-old Carina Åkerström takes over after Anders Bouvin and becomes Handelsbanken’s first female CEO.

Chairman Pär Boman puts strong faith in her ability to solve tasks “not only a little better but also a little faster” than what you have expected.

So how did she go all the way to the top from having, after a law degree at Lund University and language studies at the Sorbonne in Paris, mostly moved home to Kalmar and started working extra at Handelsbanken in 1986?


Click here for Veckans Affärer’s article in Swedish.