Vaderstad appoints new global CEO

Väderstad, one of the world’s leading companies in soil cultivation and seeding technology and representation in 40 countries and on all continents, has appointed Henrik Gilstring (35) as President and Group CEO, effective from February 2022.

Henrik replaces current CEO Mats Båverud and represents the third generation of the owner family. He is the son of Christina Stark, owner of the second generation, and Gert Gilstring, who currently works as senior design engineer at Väderstad.

Henrik has worked at Väderstad since 2012 and currently serves as Vice President for Business Development and is a member of Group Management. He has a background as an economist with a degree in business administration from the Stockholm School of Economics.

“I’m looking forward to continuing to drive Väderstad forward sustainably and to ensure that, as a company, we are able to adapt to the challenges and opportunities ahead, both with regard to agricultural development in general and in terms of new political and global ground rules,” he says.

“Väderstad has an acclaimed history of innovation, strong customer relationships, and growth. This is a very exciting journey and it is progressing towards new goals. We have every opportunity to continue growing and evolving as a company, as a partner to our customers, and as an employer.”

Prior to his present role in Väderstad, Henrik served as business controller of production, sales and marketing, and product development. He also worked on issues related to product management and strategy and served on the board. Before joining Väderstad, He worked for Boston Consulting Group in Stockholm.

“Through longstanding ownership and strong commitment, from both the owners and employees, we continue to create innovation, drive and stability,” says Crister Stark, Chairman of the Board of Väderstad Group. “The decision gives us good conditions for an efficient and smooth handover, and a rejuvenation of the CEO role.”

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