Following the acquisition of Fagelviksgruppen (now renamed Cabonline Group) by investment capital group H.I.G. Capital in London, Thomas Ekman (46), at present CEO Tele2 Sverige will join Cabonline Group as CEO and will assume his position on the 25th of April. He succeeds temporary CEO Ole Oftedal, who stays on as Chairman of the Board of Cabonline Group.
“I am thrilled to announce Thomas Ekman as our new CEO”, commented Ole Oftedal. “Thomas brings a strong leadership experience combined with a very solid trackrecord of value creation in sales, marketing and business development across a number of different companies and senior positions.”
“Under Thomas’ leadership, Tele2 Sweden has grown substantially, both top and bottom line, and has been a key driver in delivering a steep change in the Swedish telecoms market overall. Given Cabonline Group’s current focus on expansion and quality improvement, across Sweden and internationally, Thomas will be a key player for us as we look to take Cabonline Group to the next level.”
“There are few markets that will undergo such a large period of change in the coming years as that of urban mobility”, said Thomas Ekman. “People are increasingly moving to our cities and less and less people are buying their own cars. Cutting edge technology has the potential to revolutionalise the taxi industry and rightly puts the customer in charge in a completely new way.”
“Cabonline Group, with its vast experience in the traditional taxi market, combined with a world class technology platform, is by far best positioned to lead and drive this change. I am really looking forward to taking the lead at Cabonline Group and making the urban mobility industry simpler and more accessible to everyone with better service and higher quality.”
Apart from naming the new CEO – as was promised last year – further strengthening of the Leadership Team has also taken place:
- Olof Fransson (41) has been appointed as CFO for Cabonline Group. Olof has longstanding experience as a CFO within many different companies such as Carema Care and most recently at TeliaSonera.
- Ronnie Bodinger (42) has been appointed as CIO for Cabonline Group. Ronnie hase held similar positions within Modern Times Group as well as Avanza, where he was one of the founders built and lay the foundation for the IT platform and architechture.
- The Board of Directors has furthermore been strengthened through James Mitchell H.I.G Capital, Andreas Rosenlew, Managing Partner at Grow and Jon Risfelt, former CEO of American Express and Europolitan.
“I am very pleased with the development of Cabonline Group since we acquired the company in April 2015”, said Carl Harring, Managing Director H.I.G. Capital. “The strengthening of the Leadership Team as well as of the Board of Directors we announced are very important as we embark on the next stage for the group with major investments in technology, improved quality and stronger customer focus as well as continued acquisitions.”
• Ole Oftedal (left) becomes Chairman of the Cabonline Group as Thomas