Published 30 June 2017

Christina Björklund to become new CEO of the Göteborg Opera

Christina Björklund, previously MD and CEO of Hallpressen AB, to become new CEO of the Göteborg Opera. 

Christina Björklund’s CV already included roles such as hotel manager and marketing manager when she was appointed managing director of Västgöta Tidningar, a subsidiary to Hallpressen, in 2010. Three years later she was managing director and CEO of Hallpressen AB and in charge of around 500 employees across 30 locations. Her most recent appointment was as VP and operations manager of the furniture design company Offecct.

Christina Björklund
Jenny Blad

-    “I like working in complex organisations where there are various processes in motion concurrently and where different interests and driving forces, such as the artistic, the democratic and the commercial, intersect. I look forward to leading the Göteborg Opera, and to continuing to develop it together with the staff and other stakeholders, in-house and externally. It is an amazing organisation that awakens emotions and thoughts and makes a difference to society, visitors and employees,” says the newly appointed CEO.

Christina Björklund has been appointed by the board of the Göteborg Opera. What swung the decision in favour of Björklund was, among other things, her experience of leading complex organisations, regional knowledge and business acumen, plus the fact that she is a present, visible and highly committed manager with a passion for culture.

-    “We have chosen a person who has previously made a significant mark on the business world and who has a real passion for culture. She is a rational and realistic team player with a talent for inclusion. Christina Björklund understands that the Göteborg Opera works locally, regionally, nationally and internationally,” says Tord Gustafsson, chairman of the board of the Göteborg Opera. 

Björklund succeeds Ronnie Hallgren, who resigned on 30 June after three years in the role. Peter Hansson will serve as interim CEO until Christina Björklund takes up the position, which will be no later than 1 October.


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