New Moderate secretary named

The Moderate Party has named communications director Per Schlingmann as its new party secretary, to replace Sven-Otto Littorin.

It is so far unclear why Littorin has left his job, although there is speculation that he may be given a ministerial post in the new Alliance government, which will take office next week.

Schlingmann, 35, has had a low public profile as communications director, but has been referred to as one of the most powerful people in the Moderate Party. Göteborgs Posten named him last year as one of the chief architects of the “New Moderates”, along with the party’s chief economist Anders Borg and leader Fredrik Reinfeldt.

The new party secretary started his career as press secretary at MUF, the Moderate youth movement. He later worked as a consultant for media conglomerate MTG and for international PR firm Hill & Knowlton. He later founded his own PR consultancy, Spider Relations.

Sven-Otto Littorin has also played a major role in bringing the Moderates to power. The 40-year old, who gained an MBA from Fairfax University in the United States, co-founded a venture capitalist firm and was on the board of PR firm Kreab, has been a more public face of the Moderate revival.