Women becoming rare in boardrooms

With the recent departure of two female managing directors, only five Swedish companies listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange have women at the top.

Karin Forseke, mananging director for Carnegie, an investment firm, has announced her resignation and will leave her post this spring.

Her announcement comes on the heels of Ingrid Osmundsen’s firing, in early February, from managing director duties at Wedins, a shoe retailer.

Forseke has been managing director for Cargengie for the past three years and worked at Carnegie since 1998.

She feels she has done what she is best at, implementing large-scale changes, and that it is now time for someone else to take over.

“I am best as a turn-around director and now I think that we are on the way into a new phase where it is time for someone else,” Forseke said.

She claims she has no future career plans for the time being.

Carnegie Chairman Lars Bertmar is sorry to see Forseke go.

“She has very successfully led the company to an even stronger market position,” he said.

Of 271 listed Swedish companies, only two percent, or five companies, now have female managing directors, according to a study by Veckans Affärer.

Forseke is careful offering viewpoints on why there are so few female managing directors, she states.

She has been too busy with work to reflect on such questions.

“This is a seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day job,” Forseke stated.

“I have had a firm to run, and been busy delivering a good result. And that’s what I’ve done.”

The five current female managing directors are Annika Falkengren at SEB, Eva Rooth at Feelgood, Marike Philipson at Wise Group, Christina Detlefsen at Nexus and Heliane Canepa at Nobel Biocare.

TT/The Local


Stockholm Pride is a little different this year: here’s what you need to know 

This week marks the beginning of Pride festivities in the Swedish capital. The tickets sold out immediately, for the partly in-person, partly digital events. 

Pride parade 2019
There won't be a Pride parade like the one in 2019 on the streets of Stockholm this year. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

You might have noticed rainbow flags popping up on major buildings in Stockholm, and on buses and trams. Sweden has more Pride festivals per capita than any other country and is the largest Pride celebration in the Nordic region, but the Stockholm event is by far the biggest.  

The Pride Parade, which usually attracts around 50,000 participants in a normal year, will be broadcast digitally from Södra Teatern on August 7th on Stockholm Pride’s website and social media. The two-hour broadcast will be led by tenor and debater Rickard Söderberg.

The two major venues of the festival are Pride House, located this year at the Clarion Hotel Stockholm at Skanstull in Södermalm, and Pride Stage, which is at Södra Teatern near Slussen.

“We are super happy with the layout and think it feels good for us as an organisation to slowly return to normal. There are so many who have longed for it,” chairperson of Stockholm Pride, Vix Herjeryd, told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Tickets are required for all indoor events at Södra Teatern to limit the number of people indoors according to pandemic restrictions. But the entire stage programme will also be streamed on a big screen open air on Mosebacketerassen, which doesn’t require a ticket.  

You can read more about this year’s Pride programme on the Stockholm Pride website (in Swedish).