HG Wessberg appointed to succeed Schenström

HG Wessberg appointed to succeed Schenström
Photo: Pawel Flato
Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has appointed HG Wessberg to succeed Ulrica Schenström as his state secretary.

Born in 1952, Hans Gustaf Wessberg has been a government state secretary since 2006, at both the defence and foreign ministries.

He was also one of the state secretaries who admitted in an informal survey earlier this week to paying cash-in-hand for domestic services.

He has previously held senior positions at Confederation of Swedish Enterprise and the Federation of Swedish Industries. In 2004 he was appointed director general of the Companies Registration Office.

“In the 1990s I paid under the table for a cleaner to an extent whereby I should have sent in an income statement. I stopped when I was elected as chairman in Stockholm and had reason to think about what one should and shouldn’t do,” he said on Tuesday.

Wessberg is a reserve officer with the rank of major. He is married with three children.

Fredrik Reinfeldt faced a deluge of criticism over his leadership abilities last week after a string of new scandals capped a stormy first year in power for the centre-right government.

On Friday he came under fire again after it was revealed that Nicola Clase, who temporarily replaced State Secretary Ulrica Schenström, had paid under the table for a carpenter.

The resignation of Schenström, Reinfeldt’s closest aide, came after she was photographed kissing a TV4 journalist during a wine-fuelled evening at a Stockholm bar. It later emerged that she was on call for the government’s crisis management organization.