Ikea founder’s former assistant becomes new CEO

Ikea founder's former assistant becomes new CEO
Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of Ikea. Photo: Tomas Oneborg/SvD/TT
Ingvar Kamprad's former assistant has been named new chief executive of the Inter Ikea Group.

Jon Abrahamsson Ring, 45, will take over the reins on September 1st, replacing Torbjörn Lööf, 54, who resigned after seven years at the head of the group, it said in a statement.

Under Lööf’s management, the Swedish flat-pack furniture company expanded into 15 new markets and is scheduled to open its first South American store in Chile next year.

His newly appointed successor joined Ikea in 1998 as a trainee and worked for the company in Canada before becoming Ingvar Kamprad’s assistant for four years and then holding a senior position in China.

In 2008, Abrahamsson Ring left Ikea to become CEO of the Swedish fashion brand Filippa K and later CEO of the Nordic gardening store chain Plantagen.

The Inter Ikea Group controls the Ikea brand and selects the franchises that sell Ikea items worldwide, in physical stores or online. It also controls the development of new products.

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Jon Abrahamsson Ring. Photo: Ikea


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