Swedish Investment Fund Association elects new board

Six new appointments have been made to the board of the Swedish Investment Fund Association, including a new chairman.

Thomas Eriksson, chief executive for Swedbank Robur has been elected chairman, with Eva Gottfridsdotter-Nilsson of Länsförsäkringar Fondförvaltning being re-elected deputy chair.

Two existing board members retain their seats: Katja Bergqvist of Handelsbanken Fonder, and Erik Feldt of Nordea Fonder.

The following have been elected as new members: Peter Branner of SEB Fonder, Declan Mac Guinness of Carlson Fonder, Jessica Malmfors of Skandia Fonder, Adam Gerge of Didner & Gerge Fonder, and Per Wennberg of Skagen Fonder.

Eriksson, the new chairman, said: “The funds industry stands before big changes, with new opportunities when the law on investment funds comes into force 1 August. The Swedish Investment Fund Association plays an important role in what the industry can do to protect trust in funds and create good conditions for the industry both here in Sweden and internationally.”

“Starting from the position of shareholders’ interests is written both into the [Association’s] statutes and in the law on investment funds. This is the starting point for the Association’s work. Funds investments today are to a large degree done within the framework of pensions savings, and that is something which will remain at least as important going forward. Funds suit long term savings in the pension system which is premium based.

“Increasing knowledge is something that will be high on my wishlist in future. With all due respect to consumer protection, stronger consumers are even better.”

 

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