Lars Ramqvist

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Person.png Lars Ramqvist  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(businessman, chemist)
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Born2 November 1938
Grängesberg, Sweden
Died20 May, 2023 (Age 84)
Alma materUppsala University, University of Stockholm
Member ofEuropean Round Table of Industrialists
Swedish industrial manager who attended the 2001 Bilderberg meeting as Chairman of Ericsson, a multinational telecommunications company in the Wallenberg sphere.

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In office
1998 - 2002
Attended Bilderberg 2001

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In office
May 1990 - March 1998
Attended Bilderberg 2001

Lars Ramqvist was a Swedish businessman and chemist. He attended the 2001 Bilderberg meeting as Chairman of Ericsson, a multinational telecommunications company in the Wallenberg sphere.


Lars Ramqvist was born on November 2, 1938 in the mining district of Grangesberg, Dalarna, Sweden. Lars Ramqvist's father was the mining bailiff and industrial photographer Henry Ramqvist[1], and mother Alice was the daughter of union organizer Wiktor Södersten, who was union chairman of the mine during a major strike in 1928, and sister of national economist Bo Södersten.


Educated at the Universities of Uppsala and Stockholm, he obtained the Ph.D. in solid state physics and chemistry at Uppsala in 1969. Dr. Ramqvist's thesis included works in electronspectroscopy under the expert guidance of Professor Kai Siegbahn, Nobel Prize winner in physics in 1981.


Dr. Ramqvist began his industrial career in 1962, when he joined Stora Kopparberg AB in their material lab at Soderfors Bruk. In 1965, he moved to Axeljohnson Institute for Industrial Research, Nynashamn, where he was President from 1975-1980. The Institute's activities covered a number of areas such as electronics, process automation, and material science. Ramqvist produced a number of patented innovations, mainly in areas related to refractory metals and materials. International licensing of these and other patents became one of Dr. Ramqvist's main tasks during the 1970s.[2]

In 1980, Dr. Ramqvist was recruited by Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson as Vice President and head of the Information Systems Division. In 1984, he was appointed Senior Vice President and head of Business Area Components. There he worked out the strategy for Ericsson's present semi-conductor and microelectronic activities including a partnership with Texas Instruments in the USA.

In 1988, Ramqvist became head of Business Area Radio Communication and President of Ericsson Radio Systems AB. He was elected President and Chief Executive Officer of Ericsson on May 8, 1990. In 1994, Ericsson was an 11 billion dollar (U.S.) company with approximately 80,000 employees. Order intake, sales and profit have all risen sharply during the last 3 years. Ericsson is one of the world's largest suppliers of mobile cellular systems, both for analog and digital systems. Its AXE system was in later decades sold in more than 110 countries.[3]

These successes are the result of the heavy and persistant investment in research and development that Ericsson has made under Ramqvist's leadership. In 1994, Ericsson spent more than 2 billion U.S. dollars in technical development and 16,500 engineers and researchers were engaged in 40 research centers in 20 countries.

He moved over to Chairman of Ericsson from 1998 until 2002[4].

Other committments

Ramqvist had been chairman of the insurance company Skandia AB, but resigned in 2003.[5] He was appointed chairman of the board of Volvo in 1999, but resigned in 2004 after being criticized for his role in the Skandia affair, the exposure of a massive and secretive bonus program for senior executives[6].

Lars Ramqvist is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. He sat on the Boards of the Swedish Employers Confederation, the Association of Swedish Engineering Industries, the Federation of Swedish Industries and of the largest European pulp and paper company, Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget SCA, and of the pharmaceutical company Astra AB. Ramqvist was also a member of the European Round Table of Industrialists.[3]


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/200124 May 200127 May 2001Sweden
The 49th Bilderberg, in Sweden. Reported on the WWW.
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