Lena Olving had a connection to Chalmers even before she began her studies in mechanical engineering. Her father, Sven Olving, was a professor and later president of the university, so her technical interest was not far
– Chalmers has been with me all my life. I was only two or three years old when I ran around in the corridors outside my father's study at the Department of Electron Physics. It feels nice that he was president of Chalmers when I graduated, says Lena Olving.
After graduating, Lena started at Volvo Cars and she worked there for 25 years in various management positions, first at Volvo Components in Skövde, then for the assembly plant in Torslanda, which was then Sweden's largest industrial workplace. Her curiosity and desire to learn something new led her to new challenges abroad, as head of Volvo in Asia.
In 2010, Lena Olving was appointed vice president and COO of Saab AB, she became the woman with the highest position in the defense industry in the western world. That year she was named the most powerful woman in business by the Swedish magazine Veckans Affärer.
During her time as President and CEO of Mycronic AB, manufacturer of equipment for monitors, she managed to increase sales, profitability, and stock exchange value significantly.
In 2019, Lena stepped down from her operational role at Mycronic to share her experiences fulltime. Today she is active on eight boards, three of which as chairman and is engaged in something she calls "sounding board as a Service". Where she is a sounding board for CEOs, Vice presidents and business area managers.
During her long and successful career, she has repeatedly been pioneering and her leadership is often described as modern and intuitive, with a result of increased productivity, quality, and profitability. This can be seen in the jury's motivation.
– Of course, it feels fantastic, and it is with great modesty that I receive the medal. It feels a little sad that my dad, who passed away in 2016, did not get to see me receiving the medal. I think it is especially wonderful that it is the Chalmers Alumni Association and my civil engineering colleagues who think that I deserve it - thank you!
About the Gustaf Dalén Medal
The Chalmers Alumni Association has awarded the Gustaf Dalén Medal to honor the Nobel Laureate and Chalmers Engineer of the same name since 1950. The medal will go to an alumnus for "deserving activities based on Chalmers competence areas" .
About Chalmers Alumni Association
Chalmers Alumni Association (Chalmersska Ingenjörsföreningen, CING) is an association for everyone who has a degree from Chalmers University of Technology. The association is the largest of its kind and since 1907 has been a cohesive link for Chalmerists all over the world.