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Björn Wahlroos


Björn Wahlroos (born 1952) is former Professor of Economics at Hanken Swedish School of Economics in Helsinki Finland. During his academic years he also taught at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and Kellogg School of Management at North-Western University in Evanston, Illinois. He switched careers to banking in 1985, and after some years with Union Bank of Finland, took its investment banking operations private, creating Mandatum, the leading advisor in mergers and acquisitions in Scandinavia in the 1990’s. In 2000 he merged his banking group with the bancassurer Sampo plc, and took over as CEO. During his years at the helm, Sampo rose to become the biggest insurer in Northern Europe and the leading shareholder in the region’s biggest bank, Nordea.

Björn Wahlroos retired as CEO in 2009 when elected chairman of Sampo. He is also chairman of the world’s largest producer of magazine paper, UPM-Kymmene, and chairman of Nordea Bank. He spends much of his time travelling, but counts Aminne in South Western Finland as his home. He is married with two grown-up children.


Works published in / Rights sold to:

Sweden (Atlantis)


Published books