Ekstrand will take over in January 2013 from Capt. Lars Säfverström who has held the position since July 1998.
Ekstrand is currently Group Vice President of GAC's Asia-Pacific region and was previously the head of the Middle East region.
“Bengt brings substantial experience in GAC's core businesses plus an intimate understanding of GAC's values to the position of Group President,” says GAC's Group Executive Chairman, Björn Engblom. “He has been part of the GAC team for 20 years and has shown in that time that he has the vision and the determination to take GAC forward.”
Engblom paid tribute to Capt. Säfverström for his successful management of the GAC Group's worldwide expansion.
“Lars has not only overseen substantial growth in GAC, but at the same time has ensured that we have maintained our ethical standards and values.
“Further, I am pleased to announce that Lars has agreed to join me as Co-Chair of GAC so that we will continue to benefit from his skills and experience.”