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: Peter Augustsson leave Saab........


edusaab
9th March 2005, 06:32 AM
Carl-Peter Forster Named Chairman, Jan-Ake Jonsson Managing Director of Saab Automobile





Peter Augustsson to leave, pursue other business opportunities





Trollhättan, Sweden -- Peter Augustsson, the Chief Executive of Saab Automobile since 2000, has decided to leave his position at Saab and General Motors. Carl-Peter Forster, President of General Motors Europe, will assume the role of Chairman of the Saab Automobile AB board, and Jan-Ake Jonsson will assume the role of Managing Director for the brand.



“Peter has demonstrated a true belief in the Saab brand, and its people, over the years of his stewardship,” said GM Europe Chairman Fritz Henderson. “He has steadfastly led Saab to a significant brand positioning within the GM brand structure, and has supported the improvement in the production facility there in Trollhattan, ultimately leading to the decision to build the all-new Cadillac BLS along side Saabs in the facility beginning early next year.



“We wish him the best in his new endeavors.”



Augustsson had joined Saab as Executive Vice President in 1998, rising to the chief executive role in 2000, and assuming the chairman title in 2002. He plans to open a business development company in the near future.



“This has been a very challenging, but exciting, time for me professionally,” Augustsson said. “I am absolutely convinced that the direction GM is taking the Saab brand is good for the brand and the local employees here in Sweden. GM is committed to the brand and its growth potential, and there is every reason to believe we will have a solid production future here in Sweden.



“I felt that it was the right time for me to move on to something I’ve wanted to do for some time. I wish Jan Ake and Carl-Peter the best of luck in their future roles with Saab.”



Augustsson’s departure is effective April 1, as are the appointments of Forster and Jonsson.



“The combination of Jan-Ake leading the Saab brand, and Carl-Peter leading the Board is a strong one,” said Henderson. “Combine that with the functional alignment we have in Europe for the sales and marketing, manufacturing and engineering operations, and there’s every reason to believe in the future success of Saab.”



Jan-Ake Jonsson first joined Saab-Scania Car Division in 1973 in Nyköping Sweden, and held a variety of positions until becoming Director, Aftersales & Services for Saab Automobile AB in Trollhättan Swedenin 1990. Since then he has held a variety of executive positions in the engineering and sales and marketing organizations within Saab and General Motors Europe. Most recently, Jonsson was Executive Director of Sales and Marketing for the Nordic region for General Motors Europe, including Saab.


In my opinion, it is the worst moment to leave the company, I understand it could be for personal reasons, and now Saab it is in a "inflexion" point and seems to be a good moment if you have interest to leave a company, but now with the uncertainty.....I has the sensation that he leave the company, tired of looking that Saab is "loosing".

greetings

saabfan
9th March 2005, 10:06 AM
Devil's advocate:

I thought captains were supposed to be the last ones off sinking ships?

moronputz
9th March 2005, 05:27 PM
Devil's advocate:

I thought captains were supposed to be the last ones off sinking ships?

But did he really jump or was he pushed? You don't usually leave a position at that level with relatively short notice unless you have no choice (though we don't know how long ago he resigned.

Either way, at least that have appointed someone from within Saab as the new head (even if not of the Board). That they have appointed someone from GM Europe to the Chairmans role is the key here. Really shows what GM think of Saab (that they really answer to GM Europe and as such will be subservient to Opel).

Swade
9th March 2005, 06:39 PM
I'd have to agree, Moron (good name for Canberra resident. You're not Peter Costello are you??).

My take on the resignation here at Trollhattan (http://redinterior.typepad.com/trollhattan/2005/03/saab_chief_jump.html). In summary, maybe believeing the soul of the brand should stay rather than just 'adding Swedishness' wasn't such a good idea.

Good luck to him.

wolverinewizard
9th March 2005, 10:40 PM
Funny link from fark.com
"Saab CEO plans to leave the company as soon as he can find ignition switch"

squishmann
10th March 2005, 12:02 AM
Funny link from fark.com
"Saab CEO plans to leave the company as soon as he can find ignition switch"


LOL:cheesy:

i like that

saabfan
10th March 2005, 02:01 AM
But did he really jump or was he pushed? You don't usually leave a position at that level with relatively short notice unless you have no choice (though we don't know how long ago he resigned.That's a good point. I wonder if his recent comments had any role to play in his resignation.

SaabKen
10th March 2005, 03:36 AM
"He plans to open a business development company in the near future"


I was hoping it said: "He plans to open a new company called SAAB" !