Ericsson considers his greatest achievement his development at Cisco, where he currently works. He came to San Francisco two years ago after being promoted to vice president and global lead at Cisco IBSG Financial Services.
Ericsson studied at the Wharton School of Business in Pennsylvania and the Stockholm School of Economics where he graduated with three majors: managerial economics and control, finance, and organization. Now, as he looks back on his remarkable career, he can see that he has used all of these aspects in his professional life.
Ericsson started his career at McKinsey & Company as a strategic management consultant. After working there for five years, he moved on to Adera, where he became the youngest CEO to head up a listed company in Sweden. His success at Adera brought him to A.T. Kearney as the head of Nordic Communications and High Tech Practice and the Nordic Private Equity Practice before he started to climb the ladder at Cisco in 2004.
Ericsson started at Cisco as a director in the Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) and helped achieve stretched performance targets for Sweden and other Nordic countries. After a year in that position, he became the director of an even broader market which included Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands and Belgium. In 2006, he became the senior director at IBSG of the northern region as well as the UK and Italy. He was then promoted again to managing director at IBSG for the European region before relocating to San Francisco for his VP and global lead position for Cisco IBSG Financial Services.
Ericsson believes in the principle of putting people first, because without people with the right skills, the right background, knowledge and attitude, he says the organization does not have a chance to serve customers with a superior experience and drive growth. He admires Cisco's efforts to keep running the company and driving innovation with the efficiency of a small organization.
It is his goal with his membership in SACC-SF/SV to help people expand their networks and gain valuable connections, thereby getting the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in San Francisco/ Silicon Valley as well as in Sweden. He thinks SACC-SF/SV is a great link between Sweden and Silicon Valley—“the mecca” of innovations. A lot of Swedes need help to either establish themselves or further develop in the U.S. market, and that is one of the things SACC-SF/SV helps accomplish. Ericsson is thrilled to support this journey.
The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco/Silicon Valley could not be happier to welcome such an inspirational person to our board!