BOARD OF DIRECTORS
SACC-DC BOARD MEMBERS
Nancy A. Fischer - Chairperson
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Ms. Fischer leads Pillsbury Law’s 60-lawyer Public Practices and Public Policy sections. She concentrates her practice oninternational trade law and international dispute resolution, including compliance and litigation matters related to export controls and embargoes, foreign investment reviews under the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS), foreign ownership mitigation for Defense Security Service (DSS) cleared facilities, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), trade remedy laws, customs law as well as WTO and NAFTA disputes. She has represented Australian, Brazilian, British, Canadian, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Israeli, Japanese, Mexican, Russian, Swedish, Thai and U.S. companies in a variety of industry sectors, including aerospace, agriculture, automotive, chemicals, communications, defense and government contracts, electronics, energy, financial services, insurance, photographic products, satellites, plastics and technology.
Charlotte Kramer - Executive Director
Ms. Kramer is a senior professional in the energy and environmental industry with over 10 years of global work experience in project management, change management and engineering with companies such as ABB, Vattenfall, Aker Subsea and Siemens. She has been an active member of SACC-DC since 2016, developing program offerings and events incl. last year’s SACC-USA Summit. Charlotte is a graduate of Linkoping Institute of Technology in Sweden, where she earned her Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Her master thesis was conducted in Boston, MA at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Northeastern University. She also has a degree in naval engineering from Lindholmens gymnasium in Gothenburg, Sweden. Prior to pursuing her career in engineering, she worked in the Swedish merchant navy as an able bodied seaman and sailed around the world. In her spare time she enjoys outdoor activities such as cycling, hiking and gardening and she competes in domestic and international triathlon races. She lives in Chevy Chase, MD with her husband and three children.
Jesica Lindgren - President
Blue Star Strategies, LLC
Ms. Lindgren (formerly Seacor) is the General Counsel at Blue Star Strategies, LLC, and works on a variety of client issues. Previously, Ms. Lindgren was a Director and Senior Vice President at ResCare, Inc., a leading U.S. human services company. She handled government relations and business development for ResCare’s Youth Services. She also led ResCare’s international Workforce Services group, with operations primarily in Europe and the Middle East, and was a board member of ResCare’s international subsidiaries. Ms. Lindgren began her career at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Washington, DC. In 1997, she joined the International Labor Organization (ILO), a specialized agency of the United Nations, based in Geneva, Switzerland. She participated in a staff exchange from the ILO to the World Bank’s External and UN Affairs Unit in Washington, DC from 2004-2005 and then served as Deputy Director of the ILO’s Washington Office from 2005 until she joined ResCare in 2008.
Zerina Kurlancheek - Treasurer
Ms. Kurlancheek moved to Washington, DC as a SACC-DC trainee in 2014, and today works as VP of Finance for a rapidly growing Swedish tech company InnSpire Inc. She focuses on financial optimization and profitable expansion on the American market, and is driven by innovative ideas, new solutions and challenging status quo. She has a Master of Science in Business Management from Linköping University in Sweden, with six months rotation in Hong Kong. To balance out all the numbers and financial statements in her day-to-day Zerina enjoys traveling, cooking and being creative through interior design.
Bradley J. Olson - Secretary
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Mr. Olson is a partner in the intellectual property group of the law firm of Barnes & Thornburg LLP working in their Washington, DC offices. His practice includes all aspects of intellectual property law, with an emphasis on intellectual property licensing and enforcement. Mr. Olson has extensive experience in the patent field and advises clients on patentability, infringement, and validity issues, with a focus on the biotechnology and bio-medical fields.He has also published numerous articles concerning intellectual property law in legal journals and national business periodicals. Mr. Olson is currently the Chairman of the Washington, DC chapter of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, as well as Immediate Past-Chairman of its nationwide umbrella organization: The Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce of the USA, Inc. He has been an active member in the Washington DC chapter in various capacities for almost 20 years. Mr. Olson has worked with numerous Swedish-based companies assisting them in transitioning their businesses and networks into the United States of America.
Sven-Olof Hökborg - Honorary Director Of The Board
Mr. Hökborg graduated from the Pilot Training School of the Swedish Air force in 1962. After graduation he served at different fighter wings in the Swedish Air Force. Early on he became interested in flight safety and served as an expert assigned to the Defense Department Commission for Accident Investigations. The general has earned academic degrees in different disciplines. In 1965 he earned a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. He later attended the University of Stockholm where he obtained a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in 1969.
Jim Creevy - Golf Committee Chair
Mr. Creevy oversees ABB’s U.S. federal and state government relations activities. He works on an array of public policy issues to drive ABB’s growth in the United States, promote its pioneering technology in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, and support its customers. He serves on the Board of the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) and is Chairman of the National Association of Manufacturers’ International Trade Policy Committee. He is active at the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and the Organization for International Investment (OFII). Prior to joining ABB in 2014, Creevy spent four years working in government relations at NEMA. He also served as senior staff to several members of the U.S. House of Representatives over seven years and managed a U.S. Congressional campaign. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Georgetown University and lives in McLean, Virginia with his wife and two children.
Markus Larsson - Finance Committee Chair
Mr. Larsson is the founder and Executive Director of Life Asset, a non-profit organization in Washington DC providing microloans and business training to low-income entrepreneurs. In addition, Markus is the founder and organizing chair of Life Asset Credit Union to be chartered in Washington DC. Markus also manages an import/export business that he founded. Markus moved to Washington D.C. from Sweden in 2003 to establish SWE-DISH Satellite Systems Inc. During 6 years of rapid expansion for the company, Markus gained valuable experience establishing and operating a Swedish subsidiary in the U.S. and managing the company to be successfully acquired by a US defense company, traded on the NY Stock Exchange. Markus has also provided consulting services to several Swedish companies wanting to do business in the U.S.
Wesley Martin - Member of the Board
Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.
Michael Andersson - Member of the Board
Saab North America, Inc.
With over 30 years seniority in the Saab Group, Mr. Andersson is Head of Saab’s Market Area North America and holds the title of President & CEO of Saab North America Inc., a subsidiary of the Saab Group. Established in 2010, Market Area North America has overall responsibility for Saab’s marketing activities, business development and continued growth in US and Canada. From 2006 through 2012, Michael held the position of Deputy Head for Saab’s Support and Services Business Area. Michael Andersson has also held the positions of President, Saab Support and Services, LLC. (2006-2013) and President for Saab Aircraft AB (2003-2006), as well as several additional management roles within Saab AB.
Christer Bergman - Member of the Board
Mr. Bergman is the founder of Novexus, LLC, a business development consultancy company based in Vienna, Virginia. Since 2000, Mr. Bergman has been a well-known business leader in the Security and Biometrics industry and has been involved in numerous speaking engagements before industry groups as well as Congress. He currently serves as Board of Directors of EyeVerify, Inc., as well as on the Supervisory Board of WCC Group He previously served as a member of the Board of Directors for Fingerprint Cards AB, Authasas BV, Ubiqo AB, SweCard AB, and Quard Technology AS. The focus of his services is within the Biometrics and Security industry as well as business development and business expansion for non-U.S. based companies into the US marketplace.
Jared Carlson - Member of the Board
Mr. Carlson is responsible for Ericsson’s interests in net neutrality and broadband regulation, among other topics. He is Vice President and Head of Ericsson’s, Government and Industry Relations group for North America, chairs the Information and Technology Industry Council’s Broadband Committee, and is active in the Federal Communications Bar Association. Prior to joining Ericsson, Jared spent three years with Sprint Nextel’s Government Affairs group and before that, nearly seven years at the FCC. His various positions at the FCC included Legal Advisor to the Common Carrier Bureau Chief and Deputy Division Chief of the Wireless Bureau’s Spectrum and Competition Policy Division. Jared graduated from the University of Virginia in 1991 with a Bachelor of Economics and earned his law degree in 1996 from the College of William and Mary.
Andrew Dunn - Member of the Board
Securitas Security Services
After leaving the commercial finance industry, Mr. Dunn began his career with Securitas as a Security Officer in 2009 and rose through the ranks, holding positions of Field Service Supervisor, Patrol Manager, Mobile Services Manager, Branch Manager, and Area Vice President before assuming his current role of President of the Mobile Guarding Division for North America in 2018. Andrew is progressive leader who fully embraces new technologies, corporate culture, and creatively looks for ways to incorporate them both into the protective services industry in ways that benefit his clients and team members. As the head of the largest mobile security footprint in North America, Andrew has proven to be a leader in the evolving state of the security industry. Andrew became a Mentor for the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce in 2018 and this experience, alongside other active mentorship roles are his passion. As the youngest President within Securitas North America, he fully supports giving the leaders of tomorrow opportunities and looks to our young professionals for inspiration. In addition, Andrew serves as the Securitas Liaison for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as well as the Leader of the Asian & Pacific Islander Business Resource Group pushing for equality and diversity in the workplace.
Magnus Eriksson - Member of the Board
Skanska Infrastructure Development
As Executive Vice President of Skanska Infrastructure Development (ID), Mr. Eriksson brings more than 20 years of senior leadership and management experience in project development, project financing and public private partnerships. During his 16 years with Skanska ID, he has been part of delivering public private partnership projects (P3s) to the Skanska group in excess of $14 billion. Magnus is a member of Skanska ID’s executive team and overseas the P3 bid development activities in North America. Under his leadership three of the largest P3 projects to date in the US, the Midtown Tunnel Project, Virginia, the Ultimate I-4, Florida and most recently the LaGuardia Central Terminal Replacement Project in New York have been successfully closed and are now under construction.
Douglas L. Faulkner - Member of the Board
Mr. Faulkner has been a leader in expanding the global use of clean-technologies for over fifteen years. Throughout his careers in government and business he has promoted market-based solutions and public-private partnerships. He is President and Founder of Leatherstocking LLC, a cleantechnology advisory firm that draws inspiration and its name from the classic early-American frontier novels by James Fenimore Cooper. The firm provides advice on business strategy where politics, diplomacy, trade, technology, finance and science overlap. Mr. Faulkner offers guidance on the best path through federal and state governments for assistance as well as a network of key partnerships and contacts in both the public and private sectors.
Magnus Friberg - Member of the Board
Mr. Friberg is a transformational and strategic leader with a proven track record of success in achieving revenue, profit and business growth with start-up, turnaround, SME and large multi-national organizations. With over 20 years of sales, marketing and management experience, he has built and led various teams in the Americas with significant backgrounds in the high tech industry. Currently CEO of Icomera, he previously held executive and senior level positions at Scanreco, Reverb Networks, CMG Management Group, SmartTrust, MobileAccess Networks, Allgon Telecom, Flextronics and Telcom Global Solutions, prior to its acquisition by Flextronics. Magnus also serves on the board of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, Washington D.C., InnSpire Intelligent Hotel Solutions , as well as on the advisory board of Widelity and Mobrise.
Dennis Harmsen - Member of the Board
Mr. Harmsen is the Area Marketing Team Lead for the Mid-Atlantic Business Area at Axis Communications. In this capacity, he is responsible for developing and executing the marketing strategy for the Business Area, developing strong partner relationships and managing the marketing team. Mr. Harmsen has been working for Axis Communications since 2018 as PR Manager and Team Lead Communications, Middle Europe (Benelux & DACH), before relocating to Washington DC in 2022. Prior to Axis, Mr. Harmsen held several positions in marketing communications and PR. He graduated from the Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands with a Bachelor of Journalism.
Nils Johansson - Member of the Board
Office for Defense Industry Cooperation, Embassy of Sweden
Mr. Johansson is Senior Advisor for Defense Industry Cooperation with the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, D.C. For more than fifteen years in this position, Mr. Johansson has assisted Swedish defense contactors with business development and government relations on the U.S. market. The main focus of his work has been to provide support to traditional Swedish defense contractors such as Saab, BAE Systems Bofors and Hägglunds. In addition, small and medium sized Swedish companies have benefited from his consulting services. Prior to his current position, Mr. Johansson worked with enterprise resource planning software implementation at U.S. manufacturing businesses for the Baan Company. After graduating from the University of Lund in Sweden with a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering in 1986, Mr. Johansson worked for five years in sales and project management in the chemical and environmental field.
Pete Kesterson - Member of the Board
Beyer Volvo Cars of Falls Church
Mr. Kesterson is General Manager of both the Beyer Volvo and Beyer Kia locations in Falls Church. With just about 10 years in the automotive industry Pete has used his expertise in negotiation, coaching, and customer relations in every aspect of the automotive retail business. He honed these skills through many years in the music products industry. While National Sales Manager of Roland Corp US Pete managed the activities nationwide for one of the world’s leading music product manufacturers. After many years at the helm he retired and joined Merrill Lynch as a Financial Advisor in El Segundo, CA. While there, Pete also was Chairman of the Budget and Finance Commision for the City of Redondo Beach and ran for Congress in what was CA Congressional District 32. Pete is also a Graduate of the NADA Dealer Academy and Volvo’s Executive Leadership Program at the Yale University School of Management.
Jonathan Miller - Member of the Board
Volvo Group North America
Mr. Miller is Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs for Volvo Group North America. He has been in this position since August 2007 and is responsible for leading Volvo Group North America’s government relations efforts in Washington D.C. Prior to joining Volvo Group, Mr. Miller was Senior Trade Advisor to the European Commission Delegation in Washington from 1997 to 2007. He held various staff positions for U.S. Representative David Minge from 1994 to 1997. Mr. Miller earned a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota.
Jim Solyst - Member of the Board
Swedish Match North America
Mr. Solyst is the Vice President, Federal Regulatory Affairs with Swedish Match North America, where he coordinates the Company’s Modified Risk Tobacco Product (MRTP) process and related regulatory science engagements. He has held senior positions in Washington DC based companies and associations, including the National Governors’ Association, American Chemistry Council, and the consulting firm ENVIRON International Corporation. During his over 30 years in Washington he has worked closely with federal agencies, including EPA, FDA and the Office of Management and Budget. He has also worked with international organizations, including the UN, WHO and OECD.
Robert Thomas - Member of the Board
Mr. Thomas is Elekta’s Senior Vice President of Corporate and Government Affairs. In this role, Bob creates, builds, and leads a formal Public Policy team in Washington, D.C., and is responsible for representing Elekta’s interests on important healthcare policy issues concerning the treatment of cancer. Bob also serves on the Elekta North American corporate senior leadership team. Prior to joining Elekta, Bob held positions of increasing responsibility at IBM, MEDRAD, and Bayer Healthcare, including sales management, talent acquisition and retention, and public policy. His areas of expertise include legislative affairs, business development, customer engagement, coalition management, and corporate affairs. Bob has also served in multiple corporate leadership roles in the areas of diversity outreach, CRM, college recruiting, and major event planning.