Skanska CEO Johan Karlström leaves

  • Push-out Score suggests push-out forces
  • After ten years on the job
  • Accolades and praise for Karlström
  • Search for a successor
  • Karlström spoke briefly and said 39 words

(exechange) — Stockholm, Sweden, September 13, 2017 — Johan Karlström, chief executive of Skanska, leaves. As announced by Skanska AB in a news release on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, Johan Karlström leaves the post as Chief Executive Officer at the construction company after ten years on the job, effective April 13, 2018.

It is the end of an era.

Karlström’s move comes 17 months after Hans Biörck took over as chairman of Skanska AB.

Skanska will undertake a search for a successor.

No reason given

In the announcement, Skanska did not explicitly explain the reason for Karlström’s move, leaving room for speculation.

Precise information about the future plans of Karlström was not immediately available.

“Step down”

Skanska said: “Skanska’s President and CEO Johan Karlström has notified the Skanska AB Board of Directors that he wishes to step down.”

Chaired by Hans Biörck

Skanska AB is chaired by Hans Biörck.

Hans Biörck was elected as new Board member and Chairman of the Board on April 6, 2016.

On the job as CEO since 2008

Johan Karlström first joined Skanska in 1983 and has held a wide number of positions in the company: site manager, estimator, project engineer, project manager and regional manager.

He was appointed President and CEO for Skanska in April 2008.

Before that he had been a member of the Senior Executive Team since 2001 with responsibility for the business units in the Nordics and the construction operations in USA.

He will remain President and CEO until Skanska’s Annual General Meeting, April 13 2018, when he will also step down from the Board of Skanska AB.

He will serve as Senior advisor until January 2019.


Generally speaking, when a top leader announces to step down with no successor available, it’s a sign that the change was unexpected and too early.

Generally speaking, potential causes for an unplanned change can be, among others, disagreement or dispute, health reasons, family reasons and surprising new career opportunities.

Push-out Score suggests push-out forces

It is not completely certain what forces eventually triggered Johan Karlström’s move.

The Push-out Score™ determined by exechange suggests that push-out forces may have contributed to the management change.

Read the full story in the exechange report 38.2017 ($).