The Leader of the Year - Roland Nilsson, Scandic Hotels

The Leader of the Year - Roland Nilsson, Scandic Hotels Roland Nilsson, President & CEO of Scandic Hotels, has been named "Leader of the Year ", in Sweden. The recognition as "Leader of the Year" is being awarded for the sixteenth time by the recruiting company Futurestep and the Affärsvärlden business weekly. The naming of "Leader of the Year" is intended to focus attention on positive role models within the Swedish business community. "Decentralized service companies must be managed with values and corporate culture. This is why they are interesting from a viewpoint of leadership. Roland Nilsson has done an outstanding job with this decentralized service company," says Arne Mårtensson, CEO of Handelsbanken and a jury member. The Jury's motivation, Leader of the Year 2000: The Leader of the Year, Roland Nilsson, Scandic Hotels AB, was awarded this recognition for his work in making Scandic Hotels a successful hotel company, which has become a model for the industry. Roland Nilsson has carried out a turnaround of the company and today it is highly respected by the stock market. The company was first listed on the exchange in 1996 and currently has a market capitalization exceeding SEK 6 billion. Scandic is continuing to grow through acquisitions and has developed a system that makes it possible to "add a new hotel to the family" in six to twelve months. Succeeding in managing a company such as Scandic Hotels requires a leadership style that permits decentralization and that is based on common values within the company. Roland Nilsson has been very successful in this respect. He is a leader with the ability to listen and promote participation and a feeling for results, regardless of where a person serves in the organization. The jury for "Leader of the Year" comprises Sven Wallgren, Chairman, Per-Olof Eriksson, Professor Christer Karlsson, Stockholm School of Economics, Arne Mårtensson, CEO of Handelsbanken, Anitra Steen, President of Systembolaget, Caroline Drabe, Manager of Futurestep Sweden, Anders Gulliksson, Managing Partner of Korn/Ferry, and Pär Isaksson, Acting Editor-in-Chief, Affärsvärlden. Previous award winners: 1984 Marcus Storch, AGA 1985 Anders Lindström, Bacho 1986 Bengt Eskilsson, ESAB 1987 Ingvar Eriksson, Scania Divisionen 1988 Stefan Persson, Hennes & Mauritz 1989 Allan Larsson, AMS 1990 Bernt Magnusson, Nordstjernan 1991 Christina Jutterström, Dagens Nyheter 1992 Berthold Lindqvist, Gambro 1993 Christer Agell, Ankor Group 1994 Nils-Erik Johansson, Hemköp 1995 Maria Lilja, Nyman & Schultz 1996 Hans Mellström och Thord Wilkne, WM-data 1997 Salvatore Grimaldi, Monark Stiga 1998 Carl-Henric Svanberg, Assa Abloy 1999 Sven Landelius, Teddy Jacobsen och Peter Lundhus, Öresundskonsortiet Contact person: Gunnar Brandberg, Senior Vice President Communications, tel: +46 8 517 352 12 or +46 709 73 52 12. Scandic Hotels AB is the Nordic region's leading hotel company with 155 hotels in 10 countries. Scandic Hotels' strategy is to be a dedicated hotel operator. Its business concept is "to offer as many people as possible the best value for money hotel accommodation possible, whether they are travelling on business or for pleasure" [REMOVED GRAPHICS] Scandic Hotels AB (publ) Box 6197, 102 33 Stockholm, Sweden Tel: +46 8 517 350 00, Fax: +46 8 517 352 70 E-mail: info@scandic-hotels.com, Internet: www.scandic-hotels.com Company no.: 556299-1009 ------------------------------------------------------------ This information was brought to you by BIT http://www.bit.se The following files are available for download: http://www.bit.se/bitonline/2000/11/22/20001121BIT01060/bit0001.doc http://www.bit.se/bitonline/2000/11/22/20001121BIT01060/bit0002.pdf