Pehr G. Gyllenhammar

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Person.png Pehr G. Gyllenhammar  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(businessman, deep state actor)
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Born8 April 1935
Alma materLund University, Centre d’Etudes Industrielles
Member ofAttali commission, European Round Table of Industrialists, Kissinger Associates
Swedish CEO, European Round Table of Industrialists, Banque Rothschild, with deep state ties

Employment.png Volvo/Chairman

In office
1983 - 1994

Employment.png Volvo/CEO

In office
May 1971 - Oct 1990

Employment.png Skandia/CEO

In office
1970 - 1971
Preceded byPehr G. V. Gyllenhammar

Not to be confused with his father, Pehr G. V. Gyllenhammar

Pehr Gustaf Gyllenhammar is a Swedish businessman. He is mainly known for his 24 years as CEO and chairman of Volvo, between 1970 and 1994. In the early 1980s he took the initiative for the mighty European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT) and the European Financial Services Round Table.

Gyllenhammar lists his current position as Vice Chairman of Rothschild Europe[1] (although a search of Rothschild Europe's website for his name yielded no results).[2] He was also chairman of Reuters Founders Share Company; on the International Advisory Committee of David Rockefeller's Chase Manhattan Bank; Kissinger Associates and a member of the Foundation for Political Innovation, a French think tank.

Early life

Gyllenhammar was born in Gothenburg, Sweden to a Swedish businessman of the Swedish noble family Gyllenhammar and a Jewish mother. He is the son of Pehr Gyllenhammar Sr. and Aina (née Kaplan).[3] He did his military service at Bohuslän Regiment from 1954 to 1955 and became a sergeant. In case of war, Pehr was to be part of a government-in-exile.[4]

Gyllenhammar graduated from Lund University with a degree in law in 1959 and did internship at law firms in Sweden and studied maritime law in the United States and then aspects of Industrialism at the Centre d’Etudes Industrielles in Geneva, Switzerland in 1968.[3][5]


He was employed at the insurance company Amphion AB in Gothenburg from 1961 to 1964 and became Deputy Chief Administrative Officer of Skandia Group in 1965. Gyllenhammar became Deputy CEO in 1968 in 1970 he replaced his father, Pehr Gyllenhammar Sr., as CEO.[3] After only a few months he moved to Volvo where he became the CEO in 1971. He replaced his father-in-law Gunnar Engellau, who became chairman, in that position.

At Volvo

Gyllenhammar became one of the most famous businessmen in Sweden at Volvo. He mixed success with failure. He oversaw a wide-reaching diversification of Volvo's business, buying, among other things pharmaceutical company Pharmacia. What finally forced him to leave Volvo was a failed merger with French company Renault.

After Volvo

After Volvo, Gyllenhammar withdrew from Swedish public life and moved to London where he eventually became chairman of insurance company Aviva. He returned to Swedish business in 2004 as Chairman of Investment AB Kinnevik. Gyllenhammar is no longer a member of Investment AB Kinnevik's board.[6]

Other work

Gyllenhammar was the CEO of Svenska skeppshypotekskassan and Ship Transport Secondary Loan Fund (Skeppsfartens sekundärlånekassa) in Gothenburg from 1970 to 1976, chairman there from 1976, board member of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken from 1979 to 1994 including vice chairman from 1979 to 1994. Gyllenhammar was board member of United Technologies in Hartford, Connecticut from 1981, Swedish Intercontinental Airlines from 1982, Kissinger Associates in New York City from 1982 to 1997, Atlas Copco from 1982, Hamilton Brothers Petroleum in Denver, Colorado from 1982, S. Pearson & Son in London from 1983 to 1997, Swedish Employers Association from 1979, Sveriges Industriförbund from 1979, FA-rådet from 1981, member of the Reuters Holdings PLC from 1984.[3][7]

He was also a board member of Philips Electronics NV in Eindhoven from 1990 to 1995, Régie Nationale des Usines Renault SA in Paris from 1990 to 1993 and well as chairman of Procordia from 1990 to 1992. Gyllenhammar was board member of Polygram NV from 1996 and became chairman of the board of Commercial Union PLC in 1998 and senior advisor of Lazard Frères & Co LLC in New York City in 1996.[7] Gyllenhammar was the chairman of Aviva and deputy chairman of Rothschild Europe, chairman of Reuters Founders Share Company Limited and of the European Financial Services Roundtable.[8] He was also a member of the International Advisory Committee of Chase Manhattan Bank 1972-1995.[9]

Majid Al Futtaim Group

Majid Al Futtaim Group, a major business chain in the United Arab Emirates, listed Mr Gyllenhammar as its Chairman from June 2007 until March 2009.[10]


He became a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in 1974, honorary member of Gothenburg nation at Lund University in 1975 and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Medicine of the University of Gothenburg in 1981.[3] Gyllenhammar also conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Technology at Brunel University London, England in 1987, the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Engineering at the Technical University of Nova Scotia, Canada in 1988, the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Social Sciences at the University of Helsinki in 1990, the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Law at the University of Vermont, USA, in 1993, and the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Economics at the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg in 2003.[5][8][11] He is also a fellow of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences.[12] Gyllenhammar became an Honorary Master of the Bench of the Inner Temple in London in 2001.[11]

Gyllenhammar was made Commander of the "Ordre National du Mérite" in France in 1980 and he was made Commander of the Legion of Honour in France in 1987. Gyllenhammar became an Honorary Master of the Bench of the Inner Temple, London in 2001.

Political views

Gyllenhammar has in the past been an outspoken supporter of the Liberal People's Party. In his 1973 book I Believe in Sweden (Jag tror på Sverige) he was steadfast in his support for the Scandinavian model and argued for the kind social liberalism the Liberal People's Party used to support. Gyllenhammar served on the Party board and was widely considered as a future leader of the party. At times, he revealed an ambition to become Prime Minister of Sweden.

He is a member of the Foundation for Political Innovation, a French think tank, he was appointed by Nicolas Sarkozy in June 2007 to the Commission for the Liberation of French Growth (known as the Attali Commission).

Personal life

Gyllenhammar was married 1959–2008 to Christina Engellau (1936-2008),[13] the daughter of Volvo CEO Gunnar Engellau and Margit (née Höckert).[3] They had three daughters and one son: Cecilia, Charlotte, Sophie, and Oscar. He married the horse sports journalist Christel Behrmann in 2010. They divorced in 2012. In April 2013 he married the British-Canadian doctor of psychology, Lee Welton Croll. Their first child was born in 2016.[13]