Born: 28 April 1935 in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Education: Bachelor of Law at Lund University in 1959; later added degrees in medicine, technology, engineering and social science.
1970: Joined AB Volvo
1971-1990: Chief executive
1990-1993: Chairman of the board
1993-present: Chairman of UK insurance company CGU plc.
Has been a member of the board of various international companies, including Renault and several financial institutions. Has written several books on industrial topics.