Both owner and member

Södra is owned by about 50,000 forest owners in southern Sweden.  Södra’s members are organised into 36 forestry districts, and the opportunity for individual influence is greatest in their own forestry districts. In other contexts, issues are raised through elected representatives. Each forestry district appoints a district council of about twelve members, as well as a Nomination Committee, at the local annual meeting. The local annual meetings also appoint delegates to Södra’s Annual General Meeting.

  • 36 district councils: The annual meeting of each FD elects a district council to promote the members’ financial and business policy interests. Responsible for the co-operative activities (about 12 members).
  • Annual General Meeting: 200 delegates are elected at the annual meetings.
  • Administrative Council: The chairpersons of the 36 district councils form the Administrative Council, which is an advisory body to the Board, and works to establish member backing for important issues.
  • Board of Directors: Elected at the AGM, long-term and strategic issues, appoints the President.
  • Nomination Committee: Elected at the Meeting, based on a recommendation by the Administrative Council.

Södra has three business areas


Södra Skog

Södra Skog purchases forest products from members and delivers them to Södra’s mills. Södra Skog also provides forestry services and, on behalf of Södra’s members, manages the entire ecosystem of their forests – from planting and forest management to final harvesting, land preparation and replanting for future-generation forestry. The business activities are locally based, in 19 geographic forestry operations areas and 36 forestry districts.

Södra Wood

Södra Wood comprises two product segments: sawn timber and interior wood products. High-grade sawn and planed construction materials are produced at Södra’s sawmills and planing mills. Interior wood products include moulding, panelling, flooring, glue boards and posts. Södra Wood also offers pellets, wood shavings and other by-products of wood raw material.

Read more about our sawmill industry and sawn timber products

Södra Cell

With its three pulp mills at Värö, Mörrum and Mönsterås, Södra Cell is one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of pulp for the pulp market. The operations have now entered a phase of expansion, due to a major investment programme. Softwood pulp accounts for some 80 percent of the production volume, and hardwood pulp for the remaining portion. Dissolving pulp is also produced at the mill in Mörrum. Södra is a major supplier of biofuel, green electricity and district heating.

Read more about our pulp mills

Management

Södra applies a form of corporate governance whereby the co-operative association is the Parent Company and operates, where applicable, in accordance with the Swedish Corporate Governance Code. The Group’s management is also based on the Swedish Co-operative Societies’ Act, other applicable laws and regulations and the association’s Articles of Association.

Read more:

Articles of Association for Södra

Code of Conduct

Corporate Governance Report 2016

Corporate Governance Report 2015

Corporate Governance Report 2014

Group Senior Management

Group Senior Management consists of the President and CEO, business area presidents and staff directors and normally meets once a month. Financial, market and HR matters are recurring agenda items.

The quarterly meetings conduct in-depth reviews of mainly business area performance. The CEO is responsible for the ongoing management in accordance with Board guidelines and instructions. 

Lars Idermark

President and CEO. Born 1957.

Agronomist and MBA. Employed 2013. Group management since 2013. 

Previous experience: President and CEO of PostNord AB and Kooperativa Förbundet. President of Second AP Fund. Deputy President and CEO of Capio AB. Vice President and Deputy President and CEO, FöreningsSparbanken AB (Swedbank). CFO and Vice President, Föreningsbanken AB. President and CEO, the Federation of Swedish Farmers (LRF) Holding AB.

Other assignments: Chairman of the Board of Swedbank.

Total contributed capital in Södra: SEK 301,419.

 

Anica Kabbenäs

Secretary and Executive Assistant. Born 1956.

Employed 1972.

Håkan Larsson

President, Södra Skog. Born 1967.

Master of Science in Forestry. Employed 1994. Group management since 2013.

Previous experience: Various positions at Södra, such as Head of Production, regional manager and IT Project Director.

Total contributed capital in Södra: SEK 602,563.

Gunilla Saltin

President of Södra Cell business area. Born 1965.

Maste of Science, Chemical Engineering and MBA. PhD Chemical Engineering University of Idaho, USA. Employed 2000. Group management since 2008.

Previous experience: Site manager at Södra Cell Värö, process engineering manager at Södra Cell Värö, process engineer at MoDo Paper AB..

Other assignments: Board memeber of IVL AB.

Total contributed capital in Södra: 0.

Jörgen Lindquist

President of Södra Wood business are. Born 1965.

MBA. Employed 2015. Member of Group management since 2015.

Previous experience: CFO of Södra, CFO and Interim Vice President of the industrial division of Swedspan, Head of IKEA's development of a new furniture industry in the US, CFO and Vice President of the Axis Group and senior financial positions in the chemistry and packaging sectors.

Other assignments: Board member of Ting i Trä AB.

Total contributed capital in Södra: 0.

Annica Gerentz

Director of Communications. Born 1960. 

MBA. Employed 2014. Group management since 2014.

Previous experience: Management consultant at Neuman & Nydahl HB, Director of Communications at NCC, CEO of Tidnings AB Börsveckan, journalist at Nyhetsbyrån Direkt, Dagens Industri, Dagens Nyheter and Expressen.

Total contributed capital in Södra: 0.

Magnus Berg

Director of Members. Born 1967.

Master of Science in Forestry and MBA. Employed 2002. Group management since 2002.

Previous experience: Various positions at the Forestry Research Institute of Sweden, the Swedish Forest Industries Federation and the Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications.

Total contributed capital in Södra: SEK 22,692.

Laila Rogestedt

Head of Innovation and New Business. Born 1962.

Employed 2015. Member of Group management since 2015. Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from Chalmers Univeristy of Technology with Licentiate Degree in polymer technology.

Previous experience: Various positions in the international chemicals provider Borealis, most recently as Head of the Borealis Innovation Centre, and Volvo Cars.

Total contributed capital in Södra: 0.

Christer Thörn

HR Director. Born 1966.

Officer with Major rank. Employed 2013. Group management since 2013.

Previous experience: HR Director at TetraPak and PartnerTech.

Total contributed capital in Södra: 0.

Mattias Johansson

Chief Legal Officer and Director of Administration. Born 1972. 

Master of Laws, MBA and Master of Laws, London School of Economics and Political Science. Employed 2007. Group management since 2007.

Previous experience: Company lawyer at Saab AB, company lawyer at Södra and ABB Financial Services AB, law clerk at Västerås District Court.

Other assignments: Chairman of Trivselhus.

Total contributed capital in Södra: 0.

Anna Belfrage

CFO. Born 1962. 

MBA. Employed 2017. Group management since 2017.

Previous experience: CFO and Interim CEO of Beijer Electronics, CFO at ABS Group, part of the Cardo Group, various positions in such industrial companies as Dresser Wayne Fueling Systems, Obducat, Lund Eastern Energy and Åkerlund & Rausing, plus several years as an auditor at PWC.

Total contributed capital in Södra: 0.

Board of directors

The AGM is the highest decision-making body and appoints Södra’s Board. The Board has a maximum of 13 ordinary members, and three alternates for the employee representatives. Up to ten members are elected by the AGM of whom three are employee representatives. The CEO is not a member of the Board.

Lena Ek

Chairman. Born 1958.

Board member and Chairman since 2015. Term of office expires in 2017. Master of Laws with specialisation in international law. Honorary doctorate from Lund University, Faculty of Engineering, government offices-appointed coordinator of negotiations related to the European Spallation Source (ESS) in Lund, Board member of Sparbankernas Riksförbund.

Previous experience includes Deputy Mayor, Chairman of several national research projects, Board member of the Royal Institute of Technology, member of the Riksdag's Committee of Finance, member of the European Parliament's Industry, Research and Energy Committee, Swedish Minister for the Environment. Board member of Södra 2000-2010.

Forest holding: 171 hectares of productive forest land (jointly owned 50 percent). Total contributed capital in Södra: SEK 79,351.

Paul Christensson

Vice Chairman. Born 1959.

Board member since 2010. Term of office expires in 2018. Chairman of Agroväst. 

Forest holding: 209 hectares of productive forest land (50 percent jointly owned). Total contributed capital in Södra: SEK 182,863.

Marie Hallén

Born 1963.

Board member since 2011. Term of office expires in 2017. Agronomist, SLU Alnarp 1987. Board member of Svenska Säker Skog, Economic Association.

Forest holding: 250 hectares productive forest land (50 percent jointly owned). Total contributed capital in Södra: SEK 433,862.

Karin Andersson

Born 1957.

Board member since 2014. Term of office expires in 2018. Agronomist specialised in economics, SLU Uppsala, 1986. Master of Science in Human Services, Springfield College, Massachusetts, USA 2000. Board member of Kairos Future Partners AB.

Forest holding: 124 hectares productive forest land. Total contributed capital in Södra: SEK 321,283. 

Ola Hildingsson

Born 1948. 

Board member since 2013. Term of office expires in 2017. Forest officer, Skogshögskolan in Stockholm, 1974. Honorary doctor of technology, Umeå University. Chairman of the Board of SilviLao AB. Board member of Malux AB.

Forest holding: 100 hectares of productive forest land (50 percent jointly owned, not in Södra's membership area).

Hans Berggren

Born 1956.

Board member since 2015. Term of office expires 2017. Agronomist. President of the co-operative association Sveriges Stärkelseproducenter and its subsidiaries Lyckeby Culinar AB, Lyckeby Starch AB and Kockens AB.

Forest holding: 627 hectares of productive forest land (25 percent jointly owned). Total contributed capital in Södra: SEK 249,093.

Ulf Johansson

Born 1971.

Board member since 2014. Term of office expires in 2018. Chairman of Falkenbergs Sparbank. Board member of Harplinge inköpsförening and the forest-owner delegation of Federation of Swedish Farmers (LRF).

Forest holding: 107 hectares of productive forest land. Total contributed capital in Södra: SEK 587,201.

Stefan Olsson

Born 1950.

Board member since 2012. Term of office expires in 2018. Master of Engineering Physics, Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg 1974. Chairman of Nexans Sweden AB.

Forest holding: 76 hectares of productive forest land. Total contributed capital in Södra: SEK 593,282.

Kent Almqvist

Born 1959.

Board member since 2007. Employee representative of the Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO). Chairman of the GS club at Södra Wood in Traryd.

Total contributed capital in Södra: SEK 3,450.

Anders Roman

Born 1961.

Board member since 2014. Term of office expires in 2018. MBA, University of Linköping 1988. Chairman of Romans Fastigheter AB and Swedbank Jönköping. Board member and executive member of Stiftelsen Fria Media. Board member of Kanonaden Entreprenad Nässjö and Blixt & Co, USA.

Forest holding: 811 hectares of productive forest land. Total contributed capital in Södra: SEK 1,027,187.

Dan Andersson

Born 1961.

Alternate since 2014. Board member since 2015. Employee representative for the Swedish Federation of Salaried Employees in Industry and Services (PTK). Chairman of SSF-Ledarna at Södra Skog. Member of the Södra Group Council.

Total contributed capital in Södra: SEK 600,393.

Nils-Erik Andersson

Born 1955.

Alternate since 2007. Board member since 2008. Employee representative of the Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO). Board member of the Swedish Paper Workers' Union since 2006. Chairman of division 9 of the Swedish Pulp and Paper Workers' Union at Södra Cell Värö. 

Total contributed capital in Södra: 0.

 

Teddy Hedlund

Born 1968.

Alternate since 2015. Employee representative for the Swedish Federation of Salaried Employees in Industry and Services (PTK). Chairman of the Board of Unionen trade union at Södra Cell Mörrum. Member of the Södra Group Council.

 

Pontus Johansson

Born 1980.

Alternate since 2015. Employee representative of the Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO). Chairman of the GS club at Södra Wood in Mönsterås. Member of the Södra Group Council.

 

Olle Svensson

Born 1952.

Alternate since 2008. Employee representative of the Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO). OHS officer at Södra Cell Mörrum. Member of division 34 of the Swedish Pulp and Paper Workers' Union at Södra Cell Mörrum. Member of the Södra Group Council.

Auditors

  • Erik Sandström, authorised public accountant Ernst & Young, Linköping
  • Erik Åström, authorised public accountantErnst & Young, Stockholm
  • Dick Stagmo, Hestra
  • Mats Löfgren, Vederslöv