Education and career
Falkengren holds a degree in economics from Stockholm University. After this, she applied for SEB’s holding trainee programme in 1987. She has worked for SEB since 1987, when she started as a trainee, worked in the Trading & Capital Markets division from 1988 until 2000, and was Head of the Corporate & Institutions division from 2001 until December 2004, when she was appointed by the board to succeed Lars H. Thunell on 1 January 2006, meanwhile serving as Deputy Group Chief Executive. As Thunell left for the World Bank, she eventually took office on 10 November 2005.
Falkengren was nominated to the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen in 2011. The media have often focused on her gender and her good looks and the fact she had a child in 2005 just a few months before entering her top position. Swedish business magazine Veckans Affärer named her the most powerful woman in Swedish business in 2005., and the Financial News Online has ranked her as No 68 among the "100 most influential people in European capital markets".
- "Annika Falkengren B.Sc.". Businessweek. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
- Emilie Westholm, "Annika Falkengren" at the news site Realtid.se, Sept. 29, 2005 (mentions that she studied economics at Stockholm University); SEB Board of Directors (mentions her degree).
- "Annika Falkengren". EuropeanCEO.com. 9 October 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
- SEB Board of Directors; "Annika Falkengren VD i SEB 1 januari 2006", press release from SEB dated 15 December 2004.
- "Annika Falkengren". European CEO. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
- Changes in Volkswagen's Supervisory Board, press release by Volkswagen AG, released 2011-02-25, retrieved 2011-02-26
- Mary Mårtensson, "Bebismamma knep toppjobbet" ("Mother of baby took the job"), Aftonbladet, December 16, 2004.
- "Näringslivets 125 mäktigaste kvinnor" ("The 125 most powerful women in [Swedish] business").
- "The Financial News 100 most influential people in European capital markets", Financial News Online, undated. Other Swedes on the list are Marcus Wallenberg (b. 1956), President and CEO, Investor AB, chairman of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (no. 43), Conni Jonsson, Managing partner, EQT Partners (78), Björn Savén, Chairman and chief executive, Industri Kapital (92), and Karin Forseke, Chief executive, Carnegie Investment Bank (98).
- http://www.e24.se/mankvinna/efterborsen/riktliv/artikel_742653.e24 (Swedish)