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Independent Non-Executive Director - Erik Engstrom

Appointed Independent Non-Executive Director in January 2015. Erik is a Member of the Audit Committee and the Nomination & Governance Committee.

Career and Experience

Erik is a graduate of the Stockholm School of Economics (BSc) and of the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (MSc). In 1988, he graduated with an MBA from Harvard Business School as a Fulbright Scholar. Erik commenced his career at McKinsey & Company and then worked in publishing, latterly as President and Chief Operating Officer of Random House Inc. and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Bantam Doubleday Dell, North America. In 2001, he moved on to be a partner at General Atlantic Partners, a private equity investment firm. Between 2004 and 2009, he was Chief Executive Officer of Elsevier, the division specialising in scientific and medical information and then from 2009 Chief Executive Officer of RELX Group.

Other Current Appointments

  • Member of Bonnier Group’s Board.
  • Chief Executive Officer of RELX Group.

Skills and Competencies

Erik has successfully reshaped RELX Group’s business in terms of portfolio and geographies. He brings a deep understanding of how technology can be used to transform a business and insight into the development of new commercial models that deliver attractive economics. His experience as a Chief Executive Officer of a global company gives him valuable insights as a member of our Audit and Nomination & Governance Committees.



Board and committees of Smith+Nephew

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