In April Anders Jernhall became Holmen’s new CFO. He takes over the reins from Anders Almgren, who has been his mentor and source of inspiration since 1997. “I was 26 years old and working in a US bank when Anders Almgren called and persuaded me to come over to Holmen. Since then he’s been my boss and has naturally inspired my management style quite a lot.”
Courage to ask the right questions. Willingness to think a step ahead to find a way through problems and see the bigger picture. Constantly with a goal of taking the business to the next level. Anders Jernhall sums up the leadership style he seeks to represent. “My taking over doesn’t mean any immediate changes. My job is to continue to make sure that the economic and finance functions at Holmen are handled in the best way.
"FINANCE HAS ALWAYS interested me, from accounts to wider financial issues and different aspects of financial and business management. What most stimulates me is trying to link all these aspects together to influence the company’s development in the right direction.” The role of CFO means taking responsibility for a Group staff unit comprising 15 people and covering five areas of responsibility: accounting, controlling, finance, tax and insurance.
“Holmen has an efficient financial organisation that works hard to improve even more by reducing administration, for example.” Acting as an interface with the stock and capital market is another important task, particularly in the light of the tough market conditions in printing paper. “It’s true that Holmen’s largest operations are in printing paper, but the other business areas are showing positive development. It will take a little time but personally I think we will achieve a good printing paper business which will also earn us money.”
FINALLY, WHO IS Anders Jernhall – the man behind the figures?
“A 39 year-old father of three who spends all his free time helping his children with their football, tennis, athletics, floorball and gymnastics. I’m also an assistant football coach and a team manager in floorball.” In many of his lunch breaks Anders Jernhall puts on his trainers and leaves the office for a jog round Djurgården. “Since last summer I’ve been in regular training and I run ten to twenty kilometres several times a week. I’m completely convinced it boosts efficiency,” he says.
Name: Anders Jernhall.
Education: Degree in Economics and Business Administration.
Family: Wife and three children aged 5, 7 and 9.
Spare time: Family, running, children’s sports.
My best feature: Commitment.