Jansson was educated in economics and sociology at the University College of Örebro, before he started a career in ICA, where he held a range of senior positions from 1973 to 1994. He then worked as CEO of Catena until 1999 when he was hired as CEO of Fazer Group. In 2000 he became CEO of Axfood and in 2005 Chairman of the company while changing to CEO of Axel Johnson. He was hired as CEO of SAS Group in 2007. Jansson is married and has four daughters, and lives in Stockholm.
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