He will also work with engineering and research matters within the Volvo Group and he will have overall responsibility for emission and environmental issues as well as safety.
Jan-Eric Sundgren has been President of Chalmers for the past seven years and his present appointment comes to an end on November 30, 2006. He expects, however, to move to Volvo once the matter of a successor has been resolved:
“Until then I will of course work resolutely for Chalmers. My work here over the years has been extremely exciting, with both successes and setbacks. Even if finance has been a major part of my work I have also been involved in seeing exciting and internationally first-rate results emerge. Chalmers has entered a new phase and with two strong campuses it is well set to meet the challenges of the future, not least on the international front.It is now time for a new president to lead Chalmers forward. Personally, I am looking forward to new challenges by being involved in and contributing to the development of a fantastically exciting and well-run company,” says Jan-Eric Sundgren.
“I am pleased to welcome Jan-Eric Sundgren to Volvo and I am convinced that with his broad base in the academic world and his engineering know-how he will be a valuable addition to the Volvo Executive Committee,” states Volvo CEO, Leif Johansson.
Jan-Eric Sundgren, 54, was previously Secretary General of the Swedish Research Council for Engineering Sciences, Vice Chairman of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and Professor of Solid State Physics at Linköping University. He took both an MSc and a PhD at the same university. He became President at Chalmers in autumn 1998.