Bo I. Andersson grew up in Falkenberg, a tiny coastal town south of Gothenburg on Sweden’s west coast. After completing his mandatory military service, he set out to become an officer and studied at the Borensberg military college. But in 1987, he left the army to become a buyer at Saab Automobile. Three years later, he was Saab’s top purchasing manager, but his mother was worried. Wasn’t there any better company to work for than one that lost several million dollars a day?
“I have worked in all functions, and understand finance, engineering, manufacturing, public relations, and legal, because in a small company, you have to deal with them all.”
“The GM board wanted a non-American on this job. That was clearly spelled out, and it pissed some people off,” says a Swede who seems to have left the infamous Law of Jante behind.