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Swe-Cham News Feed | June 10, 2024


Swedish Chamber 64th Annual General Meeting

On June 4, 2024, the Swedish Chamber of Commerce held its 64th Annual General Meeting, marking a significant day for the organization. We are thrilled to announce the addition of three new members to our Board:

  • Mark Verbakel, Managing Director of SKF BV
  • Fatih Noyan, Country Manager Netherlands at Ericsson
  • Kerstin Gerlagh, General Manager of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce

In a special honor, we elected outgoing Chairperson Johan Uhlin as an Honorary Member of the Swedish Chamber. Johan’s tenure as Chairperson has been marked by his dedication and exceptional leadership, and we wish him great success in his new role as Managing Director of Scania Sweden.

The meeting also saw the approval of the New Articles of Association, updated by the Governance Committee under the leadership of Bert Heikens.


Welcome Svalner Atlas Group as Swe-Cham Patron Member

The newly formed Svalner Atlas Group, consisting of tax and transaction advisory firms Svalner and Alder, are excited to announce their union with the Dutch tax advisory firm, Atlas Tax Lawyers. The ambition is to form a new premier advisory group – Svalner Atlas Group, offering high-end tax advisory, transaction services and related services in the Nordics and Benelux. We look forward to welcoming them to the Swedish Chamber community!

Welcome to the new Swe-Cham Patron Member Proact

The Swedish Chamber is excited to present Proact as a new Patron member in the network! Proact is Europe’s leading specialist in data and information management with focus on cloud services and data centre solutions. Wherever you are on your digitalisation journey, we can assist you in propelling your organisation forward through the power of data. The Swedish Chamber look forward to meeting Proact at upcoming events. Welcome!


NEW: Business Climate Survey the Netherlands 2024

Business Climate Survey 2024 for the Netherlands is now available! Sustainability is a key priority in the Netherlands, presenting both challenges and opportunities for Swedish companies.

The 2024 Business Climate Survey, conducted amidst shifting economic and political winds, aims to capture the viewpoints, experiences, and insights of Swedish business leaders in the Netherlands. The political ties between Sweden and the Netherlands remain robust, and the like-mindedness between the countries in the EU is striking. The Netherlands solidified its position as Sweden's seventh-largest trading partner in 2023, with exports of goods exceeding 115 billion SEK.

This year marks the fourth time the Business Climate Survey has been conducted in the Netherlands, providing unique insights into the local economic outlook, specific market parameters, and success factors for Swedish companies to thrive in the Dutch market. In 2024, the survey was distributed to 185 recipients across the Netherlands between March and April. Thanks to the joint efforts of Business Sweden, the Embassy of Sweden in The Hague, and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce, 58 responses were collected, representing a 31% response frequency. We extend our sincere gratitude to all survey participants who contributed their valuable time and observations. Your input serves as a powerful resource in our mutual work to strengthen the enduring relationship between Sweden and the Netherlands.

Welcome new member Markedly

The Swedish Chamber is very proud to present Markedly as the newest member of our business network!

"We are a trademark agency and specialize in the protection of intellectual property such as trademarks, designs, copyright, tradenames etc. Our work consists of assisting companies on clearing their marks (and other assets) in Benelux and Europe, assisting with the entire registration process and – if needed – assisting if an infringement of our client’s rights occurs. We furthermore help in devising IP strategies and effecting due diligence searches."


Meet Hendrik Jan Guitink: Passionate Coach, Mentor & Sponsor of the Swedish Female Hockey Team

We’re thrilled to introduce Swe-Cham member Hendrik Jan Guitink, the Managing Partner at AIMS International Netherlands B.V. Hendrik isn’t just a leader in Executive Search and Leadership Consulting—he’s also the driving force behind the Swedish Chamber Mentorship Program, where he helps nurture young professionals by connecting them with seasoned business execs. Hendrik’s passion for coaching extends beyond the boardroom. He’s a big supporter of the Swedish women’s field hockey team. Field hockey might...

Meet Alexander, new Chair of  the YP Committee

We are pleased to welcome Alexander Ljungström, founder and managing director of Einar and Partners, as the Chairperson for the Young Professionals Committee. Alexander brings valuable knowledge and experience, and we eagerly look forward to collaborating with him to further develop our Young Professional community.

"With special attention to creating a support and peer network between YP members and esteemed members and companies of the Swedish Chamber, I'm looking forward to intentionally designing attractive events and an inspirational career/network platform with the rest of the committee" says Alexander.


Introducing Forvis Mazars

The valued Swedish Chambers member  Mazars, is excited to share that as of now they will continue with their new name Forvis Mazars. Forvis Mazars is a leading global professional services network. The network operates under a single brand with just two members: Forvis Mazars, LLP in the United States and Forvis Mazars Group SC, an internationally integrated partnership operating in over 100 countries.

​ With a legacy spanning more than 100 years, Forvis Mazars is a natural extension of both firms’ heritage. At our core is our commitment to providing a different perspective and an unrivalled client experience that feels right...


Thank you to Hanna, Alexandra, and Emma – the fantastic management trainees of 2023-2024!

The Swedish Chamber would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Hanna Bräcknell, Alexandra Gummesson, and Emma Wergeland, our three fantastic Management Trainees, for their excellent contributions to the Swedish Chamber of Commerce over the past year. 

Hanna, Alexandra, and Emma have played a vital role within the Swedish Chamber team, making significant contributions not only to their respective areas but also to the overall efficiency of our organization's day-to-day operations. The Swedish Chamber wishes them the best of luck in their future careers! 

Furthermore, the Swedish Chamber wants to extend its warmest thank you to the three foundations that enable us to work with such ambitious and talented young professionals.


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