Board of Directors

Mölnlycke’s Board of Directors has the ultimate responsibility for the company and its operations. The Board of Directors consists of nine members, two employee representatives and one deputy, of whom seven members are independent from the owners.

Chairman of the board

Karl-Henrik Sundström

Chairman of the Board, elected 2022

(Board member since 2018) 
Born: 1960 

Nationality: Swedish 

Education: Bachelor of Economics
Board assignments: Chairman of the Board of Boliden and the Climate Leadership Coalition. Board member of NXP Semiconductors, Vestas A/S and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation.
Professional experience and previous assignments: CEO of Stora Enso 2014–2019. Former leadership positions include, among others, CFO & Executive Vice President of Stora Enso, NXP Semiconductors and Ericsson. 


Aashima Gupta

Board Member, elected 2023 
Born: 1970 
Nationality: American 
Education: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Master of Science in Computer Science 
Board assignments: Board member of Neogen, Member of the HIMSS NA and GRAIL Advisory Boards. 
Professional experience and previous assignment: Currently holds the position as Global Director of Healthcare Industry Solutions at Google Cloud. Former executive leadership roles driving digital strategy for Kaiser Permanente, an integrated health system, and senior leadership roles in software development at J.P Morgan Chase and Fidelity.

Christian Cederholm

Board Member, elected 2020 
Born: 1978 
Nationality: Swedish 
Education: Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration 
Board assignments: Board member of Hi3G Scandinavia and SignUp Software. 
Professional experience and previous assignments: CEO Investor AB. Joined Investor in 2001 and has held different positions, including Co-head of Patricia Industries 2017-2021, Head of Patricia Industries 2021 to 2024.

David Perez

Board Member, elected 2019 
Born: 1959 
Nationality: American 
Education: Bachelor of Arts 
Board assignments: Chairman of the Board of Advanced Instruments and Laborie. Board member of NeoGenomics, Book Trust and Nurse Family Partnership. 
Professional experience and previous assignments: President and CEO of Terumo BCT (and its predecessor companies Cobe BCT, Gambro BCT and Caridian BCT) 1999–2019. Former board member of Terumo Corporation, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics and Sarnova. He serves on the United States Department of Health & Human Services Advisory Committee for Blood & Tissue Safety & Availability. 

Jenny Ashman Haquinius

Deputy Board member, elected 2021 
Born: 1986 
Nationality: Swedish 
Education: Master of Science in Finance 
Board assignments: Board member of Vectura and Navigare Ventures. 
Professional experience and previous assignments: Since 2015 an investment professional at Patricia Industries, part of Investor AB. Previous position at Corporate Finance department of Nordea Markets Investment Banking. 

Johan Malmquist

Board Member, elected 2015 
Born: 1961 
Nationality: Swedish 
Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration 
Board assignments: Chairman of the Board of Getinge and Arjo. Board member of Elekta, the Dunker Foundations, Stena Adactum, Trelleborg and Chalmers University of Technology Foundation. 
Professional experience and previous assignments: President and CEO of Getinge 1997–2015. Previous leadership positions within Getinge and the Electrolux Group. 

Kristina Willgård

Board Member, elected 2021 
Born: 1965 
Nationality: Swedish 
Education: Bachelor of Economics 
Board assignments: Board member of Addnode Group AB and Ernströmgruppen AB. 
Professional experience and previous assignments: CEO of AddLife 2015-2022. Previous senior positions include CFO of Addtech and Finance Director at Ericsson. 

Lars Axelsson

Employee representative, elected 2021
Born: 1961
Nationality: Swedish
Education: Master of Science in Engineering Physics, Masters of Business Administration
Board assignments: -
Professional experience and previous assignments: Project Manager, R&D, OR Solutions.

Leslie McDonnell

Board Member, elected 2023 
Born: 1972 
Nationality: American 
Education: Masters of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Business.
Board assignments: Board member of Laborie Medical Technologies.
Professional experience and previous assignments: Previous executive leadership roles in MedTech at Medtronic, 3M Healthcare and Natus Medical. Most recently, President, CEO and Board Member of Iradimed Corporation.

Niclas Flach

Employee representative, elected 2021
Born: 1975
Nationality: Swedish
Education: Concept Design
Board assignments: -
Professional experience and previous assignments: Senior Concept Designer, R&D, Wound Care.

Sharon James

Board Member, elected 2018 
Born: 1961 
Nationality: British 
Education: Doctor of Philosophy in Neurobiology
Board assignments: Board member of Novozymes
Professional experience and previous assignments: Senior advisor to Bain & Company. Former Research & Development leadership roles within Bayer Consumer Health, Reckitt Benckiser, PepsiCo and GlaxoSmithKline. 

Zlatko Rihter

Board Member, elected 2020 
Born: 1970 
Nationality: Swedish 
Education: Master of Science Mechanical Engineering 
Professional experience and previous assignments: President and CEO of Mölnlycke. Former CEO of CellaVision, 2015-2020. Previous positions include EVP Global Sales & Marketing at Cooper Companies, President Chronic Dialysis and EMEA commercial at Gambro and VP Patient Handling Product Division at Arjo.