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AmCham Sweden is the voice of American business in Sweden. We are champions of US - Swedish trade and investment and US commercial interests in Sweden and give members a networking platform, critical business information, and an amplified voice.

Gothenburg Fireside Chat: Stories From Executives


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Gothenburg Fireside Chat: Stories From Executives

  • United Spaces Östra Hamngatan 16 (map)

Please join us for our Fireside Chat. Hear from business professionals who have made successful journeys into the Executive Suite, and are happy to share their experiences with us.

The AmCham Sweden Mentoring Program Fireside Chat is an opportunity to personally meet executives and hear how they've charted their careers, including all the twists and turns they've taken on the way to their current positions. We’ll get tips on how to build a career, handle tough decisions, and hear how to avoid some possible pitfalls.

Our Mentoring Program is all about creating open discussions that pertain to career growth and personal development at work. Our Fireside Chat is a sample of the types of topics and interests we have to share. Come learn more, and stay for the mingle after.


Charlotte Forssander is the Managing Partner of Advokatfirman Vinge in Gothenburg. Charlotte has been splitting her time between providing employment law advice to clients and managing the firm since 2013. Before joining Vinge in 2000, Charlotte spent three years in New York, where she studied at NYU. She was admitted to the New York State Bar following graduation, before joining the law firm of O'Melveny & Myers.


Charlotta Kvarnström is a Managing Director at Accenture, and is responsible for Nordic Communications, Media and Technology Business Process Services, as well as a member of the Nordic Communications, Media and Technology leadership team. Charlotta has held several senior leadership positions across various industries at Accenture, and led many global large scale initiatives focused on business and market development. Charlotta is the Accenture Sweden Gender Diversity Business Sponsor, and a member of the Human Capital Board. While in this capacity, she led the transformation of the women’s recruiting program in Sweden. Previously, Charlotta was Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of an e-commerce start up, and was awarded the Accenture Entrepreneur of the Year prize in 2011. Charlotta has a Master of Science in Industrial Management & Engineering degree from the Luleå University of Technology.


Akash Passey serves as the Senior Vice President, Business Region International for the Volvo Bus Corporation. As a member of the Volvo Bus Executive Management team, Akash is responsible for the International Region covering India, China, the Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and CIS countries. Akash is the Chairman of Volvo Buses Business Board India and a Board member of Sunwin Buses China. Akash regards the opportunity to present innovative transportation solutions that result from working with talented people across the globe as the biggest perk of his job.
In prior roles, Akash has served as the Managing Director & CEO of Volvo buses in South Asia, which included all markets in the SAARC region. He had the privilege in 2001 to start and establish Volvo Bus as a ticket brand in India. Other roles included being on the Boards of VCE SIAM and CII Karnataka. Akash is also a founding member of ASDC (Automotive Skill Development Council of India). Akash has over 25 years of experience in the truck and bus industry.


Cecilia Hallengren has held the role of HR VP at AstraZeneca since 2015, with responsibility for Global Medicines Development (GMD). Together in partnership with Sean Bohen, EVP GMD and CMO, she works towards fulfilling the GMD HR & Business Strategy. Cecilia has a passion for developing people's skills, and has implemented a number of unique programs aimed at rapidly integrating existing and new talent within the organization. The accelerated focus on development comes from her drive to support AstraZeneca’s Bold Ambition, and to make sure that GMD has the required talent and leadership capability in place.  

Cecilia has been with AstraZeneca for nearly 20 years within R&D and the HR Centre of Excellence, and also holds the critical business role of Regional HR Lead for Sweden. She has a BSc in HR Development and Labour Relations from University of Gothenburg, and has completed an executive leadership program at Harvard Business School. Cecilia is based in Gothenburg, where she likes to train and compete with her three Labradors.

Click here to read more about our mentoring program

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Later Event: October 11
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