SAS unveils new chief

Scandinavian Airlines Systems (SAS) announced on Monday the appointment of 54-year-old Swede Mats Jansson as the group's new president and chief executive officer.

“Mats Jansson is a leader with documented skills and experience of both the consumer and business-to-business sectors. He is accustomed to working in sectors characterised by major changes. The Board is unanimous in its view that he is the right leader to continue developing SAS,” chairman of the SAS board of directors Egil Myklebust said in a statement.

Jansson was to take up his position at SAS on January 1 2007, the company said.

He currently heads Swedish industrial and consumer giant Axel Johnson AB.

He has also served as CEO at Catena/Bilia, Fazer and Axfood.

At SAS Jansson replaces Joergen Lindegaard who stepped down in August. The group’s deputy chairman Gunnar Reitan has led the group since August and will continue to do so until Jansson takes over in January.