Today Inter IKEA Group is working with its partners in the IKEA value chain to develop a new IKEA operating model. The new operating model will clarify roles and a common, more focused IKEA agenda. Inter IKEA Group is introducing a new Global Operations Manager to lead its development: Henrik Elm.
With more than 10 years leading IKEA Supply, Henrik has a deep and unique perspective on the IKEA value chain. As Global Operations Manager, he’ll apply this knowledge to reduce costs and develop new capabilities to support the IKEA business agenda.
As part of a planned succession, Inter IKEA Group will appoint Susanne Waidzunas as the new Global Supply Manager. Susanne is today Supply Chain Operations Manager, and she has deep experience in IKEA Supply. Before and during the pandemic, she has proven herself as a people-focused leader with a passion for sustainability – qualities that will serve her (and IKEA) well in her new role. Susanne also has strong business focus; developing the business, finding solutions and meeting new challenges.
Henrik and Susanne will start their new roles on 1 September 2022.
Inter IKEA Group is also introducing new leadership for the global range and business areas. As announced separately, Peter van der Poel will leave his role as Global Range Manager for a new role in Ingka Group. Fredrika Inger, today Range & Product Development Manager, will succeed Peter as Global Range Manager.
Fredrika brings a strong passion for the IKEA range offer along with a total value chain perspective. With her values-driven leadership, she’ll lead the development of an even better IKEA home furnishing offer. She starts her new role on 1 May 2022.
“The past few years have been a challenging time for many,” says Inter IKEA Group CEO Jon Abrahamsson Ring. “Along the way we’ve faced unprecedented challenges and a global pandemic. IKEA continues to stand strong. We’re grateful for the talented leaders who’ve brought Inter IKEA this far. Now a new group of IKEA leaders will continue their work to make Inter IKEA Group and IKEA even better.”
IKEA offers well-designed, functional and affordable, high-quality home furnishing, produced with care for people and the environment. There are several companies with different owners, working under the IKEA Brand, all sharing the same vision: to create a better everyday life for the many people. IKEA was founded in Sweden in 1943.
About Inter IKEA Group
Inter IKEA Group includes Inter IKEA Systems B.V., IKEA of Sweden AB, IKEA Supply AG, IKEA Industry AB and related businesses. Inter IKEA Holding B.V. is the holding company for the Inter IKEA Group.
About the IKEA franchise system
The IKEA retail business is operated through a franchise system with franchisees that are authorised to market and sell the IKEA product range within specified geographical territories. Inter IKEA Systems B.V. is the owner of the IKEA Concept and worldwide IKEA franchisor, who also assigns different IKEA companies to develop the range, supply products and deliver communication solutions. Today, 12 different groups of companies own and operate IKEA sales channels under franchise agreements with Inter IKEA Systems B.V.