Defence and security company Saab appoints Jan Widerström as Country Head and Chairman, Saab India Technologies Pvt Ltd (SITL), reporting in to President & CEO Saab Asia Pacific, Dan-Åke Enstedt. The current Chairman of SITL, Lars-Olof Lindgren, will take up position as Special Advisor to the President and CEO of Saab.
Saab India will become a part of Market Area Asia Pacific as one of the Country Units in the organisation and will further reinforce Saab´s long-term commitment to the Indian market. Jan Widerström was appointed as Head of Country Unit India effective from April 1, 2015. He will continue to further strengthen Saab’s presence in India which is in line with Saab's long-term commitment to increase its activities and presence in this market.
Dan-Åke Enstedt, Head of Market Area Asia Pacific said, “India has been identified as one of Saab´s most important markets, and we look forward to further strengthening our position here. With India now a part of the larger Asia Pacific team, we will be able to mobilize resources across the region and understand our customers better. Many of our customers in the region collaborate with India in the areas of regional security and this common view of the region will take us closer to our customers and help us achieve faster growth in the market and the region.”
Jan Widerström has a long background and experience in India. He previously headed Saabs operations in India between 2005 to 2012. Currently, Jan Widerström is the Head of Major Campaigns at Saab for the Indian market.
Lars-Olof Lindgren, will take up a position as Special Advisor to the President and CEO of Saab. Lars-Olof Lindgren will, with his long experience and extensive network in India, advise the global management of Saab on business and governmental affairs, operating from India.
Lars-Olof Lindgren has headed Saab India Technologies Pvt Ltd in India since 2013 and was the Ambassador of Sweden to India between 2007 and 2012. Before taking office in the Embassy of Sweden, New Delhi, Lars-Olof Lindgren was the State Secretary to the Prime Minister, dealing with International Affairs and the European Union. Prior to this, he was the State Secretary for Trade in the Ministry of Trade and Industry.