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Scandinavian secrecy about SAS successor. Mats Jansson’s announcement that he’s to step down as president and CEO of SAS after four years hasn’t exactly set the cat amongst the Scandinavian pigeons. It’s made them start flying around a bit. Jansson’s had a challenging period. What with growing competition from Norwegian Air Shuttle, at least one private placing, job cuts, a possible sell-off, and volcanic ash, his successor will have to have a steady hand on the control yoke. Mats JanssonSAS GroupFor the past sixteen years Jansson’s position has been taken by Swedes or Danes, whist Norway has played piggy in the geographical middle.

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Scandinavian secrecy about SAS successor

Published on Thursday, 12th August, 2010 at 14:43 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 16th September 2010 at 12:17.

Mats Jansson’s announcement that he’s to step down as president and CEO of SAS after four years hasn’t exactly set the cat amongst the Scandinavian pigeons. It’s made them start flying around a bit.

A SAS plane (illusration photo)
A SAS plane (illusration photo)
Photo: SAS


Nose-heavy

Jansson’s had a challenging period. What with growing competition from Norwegian Air Shuttle, at least one private placing, job cuts, a possible sell-off, and volcanic ash, his successor will have to have a steady hand on the control yoke.

Mats Jansson
Mats Jansson
SAS Group
For the past sixteen years Jansson’s position has been taken by Swedes or Danes, whist Norway has played piggy in the geographical middle.

Norwegian unions have now decided it’s time for a change, especially as it’s mainly the Danes who control the route network, and SAS’ head office is in Sweden.

“The Norwegian market is the biggest in SAS. I believe a Norwegian boss would have been good for SAS,” Jens Lippestad, Chairman of SAS’ Pilot’s Association (flygerforening) tells NRK.

Headhunter Per Erik Henriksen has also booked a seat in discussion class, complaining about the standard of the company’s financial bill of health.

“I believe one should look first and foremost different qualities than previous CEO’s have had. The results point towards that it could be appropriate to choose a Norwegian this time around. Nothing could be worse than what Bjørn Kjos, CEO of Norwegian
Bjørn Kjos, CEO of Norwegian
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has happened in the last few years,” he says.

Mystery passenger

Henriksen suggests Norwegian’s boss, Bjørn Kjos, takes the job to help SAS get airborne again.

But it’s still early days, of course. The Foreigner asked a few people who they thought would be a good candidate.

“It’s an internal matter for SAS. I don’t wish to elaborate, and suggest you ring them,” says Norwegian’s press officer Karl Peter Gombrii.

Meanwhile, back at SAS ranch, it’s also quiet on the Western front.

“Neither Mats Jansson nor other management group members will comment. It’s the work of the Board to find his replacement,” Elisabeth Manzi, director of Media and PR says.

The politicians elaborated slightly more. Trond Giske, Labour’s (Ap) Minister of Trade and Industry, who hinted earlier this year the Norwegian Government may consider selling its stake if the airline still showed bad results, was Trond Giske, Trade and Industry Minister
Trond Giske, Trade and Industry Minister
Minstry of Trade and Industry/Flickr
full of praise for Jansson.

“Mats Jansson has made greats effort in [what was] a very difficult period for SAS. The company has established a new strategy and put funding in place to meet future challenges.”

“I wouldn’t like to speculate too much, but wouldn’t be unhappy if it was a Norwegian,” says Svein A. Flåtten, the Conservative’s (H) head of Parliament’s Standing Committee on Business and Industry.




Published on Thursday, 12th August, 2010 at 14:43 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 16th September 2010 at 12:17.

This post has the following tags: mats, jansson, sas, norwegian, bjoern, kjos, trond, giske, labour, minister, trade, industry, per, erik, henriksen, svein, flaatten.





  
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