Björn Lundvall

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Björn Lundvall and Marcus Wallenberg at the island of Armnö in the archipelago of Gryt, Sweden, in August 12, 1970.jpg
Ericsson's CEO Björn Lundvall (left) in conversation with its chairman, Marcus Wallenberg (1899-1982) (right), at Armnö in August 1970.
Born12 August 1920
Died14 September 1980 (Age 60)
Cause of death
traffic accident
Alma materKTH Royal Institute of Technology
Member ofBilderberg/Steering committee
Victim ofpremature death
As CEO of LM Ericsson, a part of the Wallenberg Sphere, Lundvall also represented the Wallenberg family as a member of the Bilderberg Steering committee.

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In office
1964 - 1977

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In office
1977 - 1980
Died in traffic accident

Dan Björn Hjalmar Lundvall was a Swedish engineer and business manager. As CEO of LM Ericsson, a part of the Wallenberg Sphere, Lundvall also represented the Wallenberg family as a member of the Bilderberg Steering committee.


Björn Lundvall took his civil engineering degree at the Royal Institute of Technology in 1943 and was employed the same year as an engineer at LM Ericsson.


He became head of the company's transmission department in 1961, deputy managing director in 1963 and managing director in 1964.[1] He remained in the post until 1977, when he was succeeded by Björn Svedberg. In the same year, he instead became Ericsson's chairman of the board.

During Lundvall's time as CEO, there was an extensive investment in technical development within the company, including through the development of the AX telephone exchanges and the creation of the development company Ellemtel.[2]

Lundvall was elected in 1970 as a member of the Academy of Engineering Sciences. In 1979, he was awarded an honorary doctorate at Chalmers University of Technology.

He died in the autumn of 1980 in a traffic accident in Gryts parish, and is buried in an open-air grave at Armnö in the Gryts archipelago.

At the time of his death, Björn Lundvall had a central role in Swedish business life. LM Ericsson's staff magazine described his many assignments in business in the fall of 1980, apart from the chairmanship of Ericsson: board member in Ericsson's subsidiaries in Argentina, Mexico and Italy as well as in Sieverts Kabelverk and SRA Communications AB, chairman of the board of Sweden's Export Council, LKB-produkter AB, Saab-Scania and the Institute for International Business at the Stockholm School of Economics, board member of SKF, Incentive AB, Stora Kopparbergs Bergslags AB, Svenska BP AB, Svensk Interkontinental Lufttrafik Aktiebolag (SILA), 4;e AP-fonden, Svenskt Stål AB, Sveriges Elektroindustriförening, Sweden's Confederation of Industry and in the International Council of Business.

He was also board deputy in ABA and member of the SAS representative board, chairman of "The Swedish Chapter of Sweden-Mexico Businessmen's Committee", member of the Academy of Engineering Sciences, international advisor at "The Conference Board" in New York, member of The International Advisory Committee at the Stanford Research Institute, as well as a board member of the "ADELA Investment Company" inNew York.[3]

Björn Lundvall had left two of these assignments "recently" and "in August 1980" respectively, and on what was to be his last working day "he handed over the following assignment to Hans Stahle: membership of "The BIAC Committee on International Investment and Multinational Enterprises" and in "The ICC Commission on Multinational Enterprises", both in Paris and in "The Swedish National Committee of ICC" (International Chamber of Commerce). [3]


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/196826 April 196828 April 1968Canada
Mont Tremblant
The 17th Bilderberg and the 2nd in Canada
Bilderberg/197525 April 197527 April 1975Turkey
Golden Dolphin Hotel
The 24th Bilderberg Meeting, 98 guests
Bilderberg/197722 April 197724 April 1977Imperial Hotel
The 25th Bilderberg, held in Torquay, England.
Bilderberg/197821 April 197823 April 1978US
New Jersey
Princeton University
The 26th Bilderberg, held in the US
Bilderberg/197927 April 197929 April 1979Austria
Clubhotel Schloss Weikersdorf
27th Bilderberg, 95 guests, Austria
Bilderberg/198018 April 198020 April 1980Germany
The 28th Bilderberg, held in West Germany, unusually exposed by the Daily Mirror
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  3. a b KONTAKTEN, Informationstidning för L.M. Ericsson med dotterbolag, nr 4 Augusti/September 1980, s. 7)