On May 24, nearly 120 American Chamber of Commerce in Sweden members gathered for the Annual AmCham General Meeting held at Hilton Stockholm Slussen. Managing Director Peter Dahlen presented highlights of the Chamber's activities in 2017, as well as information from the more than 200 AmCham member companies representing 300,000+ employees and $370 billion in revenue.
Over the previous 12 months, 33 new member companies joined AmCham during the organization's Silver Anniversary year. The Chamber celebrated by promoting US-Swedish trade and investment, and by championing its members and stakeholders through more than 50 activities ranging from seminars, speaker events, roundtables and working committee meetings.
After voting by members during the AGM, a special panel gathered to discuss Transatlantic Leadership in the new economy: What role for businesses? Peter Dahlen moderated the panel consisting of: Malin Parkler, Country Manager Pfizer Sweden; Lena Johansson, Secretary General, ICC Sweden; Sasha Krstic, Vice President Services, Asia Pacific, Mastercard; Annete Tånneryd, Managing Director, Capco Nordics; and Mattias Lewren, Sweden Country Managing Director and Managing Director Communications, Media & Technoloyg Nordics, Accenture.
"If you want to talk to the public and build trust in the trade, it is time to broaden the discussion, because there is so much movement and trade between companies and there is more to offer in this volatile place we are in the world today," said Malin Parkler. "Corporate citizenship and delivering on the corporate values of building bridges and learning from and appreciating other cultures is vital," added Mattias Lewren. "The more we talk about the human side of transatlantic trade, the easier it is to convey the importance of people and connecting people to the public. We in business can take a stronger role and discussion on topics which will impact business."
"Many companies that are global have a view on the benefit of balance of global employment and trading and if you balance that global view with the bilateral country conversations on trade," said Sasha Krstic. "Companies can help by providing the trade dialog views that are more balanced is really critical."
Discussions continued after the panel over cocktails and a stunning view of the sunny Stockholm skyline.
AmCham would like to thank our sponsors for making the 2018 Annual General Meeting possible: Hilton Slussen Stockholm, 3M, and British-American Tobacco. We would also like to recognize the contributions and wise counsel of departing board of director member, Helena Olsson of Burson-Marsteller. The Chamber also welcomes two new members to the board: Barbara Tönz of Coca-Cola and Casper Bjørner of Walt Disney.