Johnny Sjöström has been appointed head of SSAB Special Steels. He will join SSAB from Uddeholm, where he has been CEO since 2014.

According to SSAB, Sjöström has broad experience of the steel industry and of working internationally. In recent years he has been CEO at Uddeholm, where he, among other things, has renewed the production strategy and addressed both leadership and digitalisation. He worked for SSAB in China, where he was responsible for market, technology and strategy development and was formerly CEO at Scana Leshan in China. He has held various management positions at Outokumpu Stainless Oy.

“We have set the bar high for the SSAB Special Steels division and I am convinced that with his backgrund and experience, Johnny is the right person to take the division forward and to contribute to the development of the SSAB Group as a whole,” said Martin Lindqvist, CEO and President of SSAB.

Sjöström holds a PhD in material sciences from Karlstad University and an executive MBA from Stockholm School of Economics. He will take up the position by 1 April 2019 and will become a member of SSAB's group executive committee. He succeeds Per Olof Stark, who retires in 2019.