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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 | Webmaster

Mr. Astrom works as a Assistant Director, Senior User Experience Designer for Moody's Analytics where he is responsible for interface design, development, and user experience for financial 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.

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.

Tommy Postek

Thomas Swanson | Emeritus Director

Mr. Swanson is the Founder of SACC-Carolinas. Mr. Swanson has held positions with management roles in the IT and Pharmaceutical industries. He has 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. Provided leadership for an International Business & Trade Symposium which Included US Department of Commerce, NC Department of Commerce, Embassy of Sweden, Consulate of Germany, and Consulate of Russia. Topics included: Immigration & Workforce issues, Relocation, Logistics, and Taxation. Thomas is retired and currently serves on the boards of three non-profits in Raleigh.

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