Gothenburg, Sweden — Tom Johnstone has decided to step down as president and CEO of SKF on 1 January 2015. He will be succeeded by Alrik Danielson, who has been president and CEO of Höganäs AB since 2005.
Danielson worked at SKF between 1987 and 2005 and held a number of executive positions there, including that of president of the SKF Group’s Industrial Division, and he was a member of the SKF Group’s Executive Committee.
“I am very pleased to welcome Alrik Danielson back to SKF. His experience during 18 years at different positions in SKF and the last nine years as CEO of Höganäs AB makes him a competent successor to Tom Johnstone,” said Leif Östling, chairman of the board of SKF.
“I want to thank Tom Johnstone warmly for his great achievements during close to 38 years at SKF and above all during his time as president and CEO. Under Tom’s leadership, SKF has developed into a Knowledge Engineering company, profitably increased its sales from SEK 41 billion in 2003 to SEK 63 billion last year, and delivered a Total Shareholder Return of over 400 per cent.”
Danielson said he is “proud and happy to rejoin SKF … I look forward to continuing to build on the Group’s positive development during the last decade.”
“To retire from SKF after almost 38 years with the company will not be easy,” Johnstone said. “However, the time is right and the decision to step down has been made easier by the Board choosing Alrik Danielson as my successor. I wish him and the SKF team the best of luck. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Board, our shareholders, our customers and distributors and all the fantastic employees within SKF for their strong support in my years as president and CEO.”
About the new president and CEO
Alrik Danielson, 52, is a Swedish citizen and holds a B.Sc in Business Administration and International Economics from the University of Gothenburg. He joined SKF in 1987 as a financial controller in Gothenburg. Before leaving SKF in 2005, he held a number of managerial positions in Sweden, Venezuela, Spain, Portugal, the Czech Republic and Brazil.
Between 1996 and 1999, he was president of SKF’s Industrial Division in Spain and Portugal. Thereafter he was appointed President of SKF do Brazil between 1999 and 2003 and from 2003 to 2005 he was president of the SKF Group’s Industrial Division and member of the SKF Group’s Executive Committee. From 2005 to 2014 he has been president and CEO of Höganäs AB.
Danielson is married and lives with his family in Gothenburg.