Sweden’s Ratos announces new CEO

Ratos, the Swedish listed private equity company, has announced Magnus Agervald as its new CEO after he left the DIY and construction supplies company Byggmax, where he also was CEO.

Agervald was in his previous role for a decade. At Ratos he will oversee one of the Nordic region’s biggest private equity investors in SMEs, which has a history going back over 150 years.

The appointment to Ratos represents a return of sorts to the private equity sphere for Agervald: before Byggmax, he was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, an investment manager at Nordic private equity firm IDI, and founder of Icomera, a mobile internet company.

Jonas Wiström, chairman of the Ratos board, said Agervald “possesses solid operational experience of investment operations and has led companies undergoing strong growth and rapid change. Magnus’s leadership is precisely what Ratos needs in the continued implementation of our strategy.”

Ratos’ acting CEO Lars Johansson is set to return to his role as investment director.

The company reported in its 2015 results that it owned 19 companies across the Nordic region, with combined annual sales of SEK32bn (€3.4bn).

Jonathan Boyd
Editorial Director of Open Door Media Publishing Ltd, and Editor of InvestmentEurope. Jonathan has over two decades of media experience in Japan, Australia, Canada and the UK. Over the past 17 years he has been based in London writing about funds and investments. From editing the newsletter of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Japan in the 1990s he now focuses on Nordic markets for InvestmentEurope. Jonathan was awarded Editor of the Year at the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) Independent Publisher Awards 2017. Shortlisted for the same in 2016, he was also shortlisted in 2017 and 2015 for the broader PPA Awards category Editor of the Year (Business Media).

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