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Legal eagle

Åsa Thunman, as of October 1 the new Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Sandvik, has a wealth of experience from companies such as Elekta and Securitas.

You have worked at Securitas since 2009. What experiences from securitas are you transferring with you to Sandvik?

The greatest experience is perhaps to have been working in a very large global organization. I have been responsible for more than 60 legal advisers worldwide. Sandvik is also a global organization in the process of building an international legal network in different parts of the world. My job will be to build on the company's strong tradition and try to help everyone work in the same direction, with the same core values and fundamental attitude to the risk balance.

My job will be to build on the company's strong tradition and try to help everyonework in the same direction.

Sandvik is dealing with legislation in many countries.
What are the challenges froma legal perspective?

I would say there are both local and global challenges. The local challenges vary depending on the development of markets, access to commodities and so forth. The legal situation is affected by what is happening locally. From a global perspective the main legal challenge is, as for all big companies, the need for better compliance systems. We need clear and understandable policies on how to run the business and a strong implementation into the organization. These policies must also be applied with reason, so that they give protection but still allow the business to move forward.

Tell us a little moreabout your background.

I began my career as a law clerk and later became a lawyer at one of the major firms in Stockholm. Then I was asked to become the general counsel at Elekta, where I had ten very interesting years. For a while I was also CEO of the Swedish part ofthe company. After Elekta, I went to Securitas, where I have enjoyed four years in a service-dominated business. I have also spent four years on the board of Scania. The service business is very interesting, but I really look forward to returning to a solid development and manufacturing business.

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