Saab CEO Jan Åke Jonsson retires
Jan Åke Jonsson has decided to retire from his position as president and chief executive of its subsidiary Saab Automobile AB, effective from Spyker's annual general shareholders meeting on May the 19th. Until a successor to Jan Åke Jonsson is appointed, Spyker Chief Executive Victor Muller will temporarily assume the role of president and chief executive of Saab, in addition to his role as chairman of the board. The search for a successor to Jan Åke Jonsson has been initiated, according to the company, and he has agreed to assist Saab's management with a smooth transition for his successor. Jonsson will remain available as such until the first of September. "I have been with Saab for almost my entire career of 40 years, of which almost six years as the head of Saab Automobile. The last three years have of course been very demanding and forced me to focus on one thing only - my work. Now it is time for me to also spend some time on other things that had to stand back for my duties to Saab," Jan Åke Jonsson said in a statement. "Jan Åke has not only been instrumental in Saab's survival but also in the transition of Saab into an independent car company. I am really sad to see him leave, but understand and respect his rationale," said Victor Muller. No doubt the driving force behind the salvage of SAAB, we did a profile interview with Jonsson in 2007, a year prior to the tumultuous times of 2008 and 2009: The Power of BIO

Japanese radiation has reached Sweden
Low radiation levels from the nuclear power plants in Japan, have reached as far as Sweden, according to the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority. Leif Moberg, head of research for the authority, said there have been readings of radioactive iodine in Sweden (Stockholm and also the most northern parts of Sweden), as expected, but the amount is "very low and it does not pose any health risk at all for humans or the environment."

Apple salad à la Susanne
Chef Susanne Jonsson, who lives in Umeå, often cooks on Swedish TV. She has a Masters Degree in gastronomy and calls herself “obsessed with food”. Her favorite spice is pepper, her favorite kitchen tool her knives. Best tip: “Use only the best produce!” We like Susanne’s apple salad for 4 people and pass it along here. Ingredients: One part mayonnaise express with nobis dressing, 600 g haricots verts, 4 oz crushed and roasted walnuts, 1 head romaine lettuce, 1 apple, thinly sliced. To make the mayonnaise, you’ll need: 1 egg, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, ½ teaspoon red wine vinegar, 1 cup olive oil, ½ teaspoon salt, white pepper to taste. The Nobis dressing: 1 garlic clove, a dash of Worchester sauce, a dash of Tabasco, 2 Tablespoons freshly cut chives. Put all ingredients in a bowl and use a hand blender to mix. It’s important that all ingredients have the same temperature or the sauce won’t mix properly. For the salad, put the haricots verts in boiling water for a minute or so, then pour off the water. Roast the walnuts in a dry saucepan. Wash the lettuce and let dry. Put haricots verts, lettuce and apple slices in a big bowl and pour the mayonnaise on top, stir and top with walnuts.