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Board of Directors


Riber Gustafson | President

Mr. Gustafson is the Owner of R&R Consulting. He has had a successful track record of various positions within international companies. Mr. Gustafson has lived, worked and experienced numerous cultures in different countries, and has held executive positions within product marketing, sales, aftermarket management, product support and project management. His cross-cultural experience, language skills, people and customer focus through the years bring unique added value to his clients. His key competencies lie within strategic and operational leadership and management skills. He is familiar with how to reduce constraints between people and processes in highly matrixed organizations.


Anders Rydberg | Treasurer

Mr. Rydberg started his life and career in Sweden, then moved to North Carolina in connection with an expatriate assignment with Ericsson 2002. He has held various leadership positions at different global organizations within the area of product development  and management. Mr. Rydberg was active in the Swedish-American business community for the last decade, including a period as President of SACC-Carolina, and a board member of SACC-US.


Cissi Couch | Secretary

Mrs. Couch was born in Sweden and moved to the US as a student. With dual citizenship and education in business administration she started her career as sales representative in the highly competitive fashion industry. She advanced rapidly to a position as VP of Sales, responsible for the North American market with employees and sales representatives in both the USA and Canada. After 14 years in the fashion industry, Cissi decided to join her husband in managing their family owned company with primary responsibility for Finance, administration and business development.

Lars Astrom

Mr. Astrom works as a financial system programmer for ZM Financial Systems where he is responsible for interface design and development as well as user experience for web applications. He has worked in various information technology roles including release management, project management, graphic design and web development for over 15 years and is a certified Microsoft Application developer. Originally from Gothenburg, Sweden, he immigrated in 1996 and, as of 2007, has dual citizenship.


Tungar Gencel

Mr. Gencel is the owner of Nestate LLC, which is a Raleigh based company involved in property management and rental operations. In his prior career Mr Gencel was a Financial Controller for companies with international manufacturing operations, having worked and lived in Sweden, Turkey, Poland and USA. Mr Gencel served as the Treasurer for the past four years. He is a naturalized US citizen with an MBA in Finance and accounting.


Jonas Hedin

Mr. Hedin joined the Chamber in 2015 and resides in Charlotte, NC. Originally from Stockholm, Sweden, he studied business administration and managerial leadership at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte while simultaneously playing on the Men's Golf Team. After completing 6 seasons as a professional golfer and PGA member, Jonas transitioned into a career in the recruiting industry. Today, he works for the executive search firm Coleman Lew as a lead consultant and recruits C-suite level executives across a variety of industries and functional areas.



Johan Hultin

Mr. Hultin is quality manager at Volvo Group North America, responsible for Electrical, Electronics and Vehicle Connectivity. He has served the Volvo Group in multiple international leadership positions for the past 10 years, including Chief Engineer Americas, Telematics. Prior to his Volvo tenure, Mr. Hultin ran his own Carolina-based consultant company focusing primarily on IT/Security and Project Management, following a 15-year career leading software- and robotics development for industrial automation across all continents of the globe.  Mr. Hultin is a naturalized US citizen, born in Sweden, and holds an MSEE from Chalmers University.


Magnus Natt och Dag

Mr. Natt och Dag, an American citizen with Swedish heritage, is the President & General Manager and Chief Financial Officer for SBLLC. He directs the Executive Management Team in the daily operation and is responsible for the overall success of the business. Since 2006 Mr. Natt och Dag has served as the Swedish Honorary Consul for North and South Carolina. In this capacity Mr. Natt och Dag represents the interests of Sweden in the Carolinas and more particularly, those of the Swedish citizens who reside here.


Stephan Ogenstad

Dr. Ogenstad is an Expert Biostatistician at Statogen Consulting LLC, North Carolina since 2006, Founder and Principle of Innovalyst LLC, North Carolina, and In Silico Biosciences, Inc., MA. Dr.Ogenstad served as chief statistical advisor and reviewer to the Nobel Prize Committee for Medicine and Physiology and was before 2006, Vice President of Biometrics at Vertex Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. He has 25+ years of experience with major pharmaceutical companies and distinguished university hospitals from around the world.


Thomas Swanson

Mr. Swanson is the Founder of SACC-Carolinas. He has held positions with management roles in the IT and Pharmaceutical industries and led a number of economic development trips to Sweden with the NC Department of Commerce and regional economic development offices. Thomas served as a director on the national BOD's Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce USA, Inc. and a member of the Executive Committee. Thomas was a member of “Advantage Sweden” organized by the Embassy of Sweden for trade discussions. In addition, he successfully lobbied the Embassy of Sweden and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for an Honorary Consulate in North Carolina.

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