Åsa Thunman has been appointed executive vice president and general counsel of Sandvik. Scot Smith has been appointed president of Sandvik Mining. Both will be included as new members of group executive management.
Thunman is currently senior vice president general counsel of Securitas AB, a role she has held since 2011. Prior to Securitas, she held senior positions at Elekta AB, one of which was general counsel. She also has extensive experience from private practice at one of Sweden’s major law firms. In addition to her position at Securitas, Thunman is a member of the board of directors of the Scania Group. She will succeed Bo Severin, who will take on a role as group senior advisor at Sandvik.
Smith is currently president of the Sulzer Pumps Division. His previous position was head of the Weir Group’s mining division, a post he held for 11 years. Prior to this, his career included senior positions with Schefenacker, Britax Vision Systems, General Motors and the Van Dresser Corporation. Smith will join Sandvik at a date that will be communicated later.
Gary Hughes, president of Sandvik Mining, will assume the position as head of sales and marketing for the same business area.
“Gary Hughes has contributed substantially to our mining operations during difficult times, providing Scot Smith with an excellent platform to develop our business even further. Scot Smith will strengthen the Sandvik Mining management team, while Gary Hughes will make a great contribution to the team in his new role focusing on sales and marketing,” says Olof Faxander, president and CEO of Sandvik.
“Both Åsa Thunman and Scot Smith have extensive experience from relevant industries and companies. With their backgrounds, they are highly suited to the task of bringing forward our legal function and mining business, respectively,” says Faxander.
Sandvik will incorporate ZZ Zhang, executive vice president and head of emerging markets, and Olle Wijk, executive vice president and head of group R&D, into Group Executive Management.
Sandvik is a global industrial group with advanced products and positions in selected areas –equipment and tools for the mining and construction industries, stainless materials, special alloys, metallic and ceramic resistance materials as well as process systems. In 2013, the group had about 47,000 employees and representation in 130 countries.