Presented in partnership by Boyden Global Executive Search and Interim Search, Årets Förändringsledare recognizes leadership across several categories.

May 5, 2021 - Today, we proudly announce Sara Lindholm Larsson, Change Leader in the Management Team, Region Stockholm and Martin Tegnér, Director of Operations Heart, Vascular and Neuro, Karolinska University Hospital, as the co-recipients of the Crisis Leader of the Year, recognizing their innovation and agility towards protective equipment challenges amidst the COVID19. 

The Awards Jury shares their motivation for this year's celebrated co-recipients:

" In one of the most challenging pandemics in world history, Sara and Martin were in March 2020 commissioned to secure the supply of protective equipment to Karolinska University Hospital, which soon expanded to include the entire region. By setting up a "Command Center" (centralizing competences, information, decisions and control to the same location) and starting collaborations with a number of large companies such as Scania, SAS, Coor, HM, Camfil and IKEA, they managed, despite a global shortage, to secure a sufficient amount of equipment, so that they could also help other regions and cope with the continued challenging situation during the autumn. Sara and Martin had a clearly shared responsibility for the task, both to be able to support each other and to ensure that the assignment would not stand and fall with one person. With a strong focus on the task, they have worked dedicatedly and purposefully and they have engaged both internal and external partners in a joint and truly exceptional effort."

The Crisis Leader of the Year is the second of three categories awarded as part of the Change Leader of the Year Awards, recognizing business leaders who, in times of change, have led their team and operations in an inspiring and successful way. The award also reflects the company’s positive impact on society. This is the sixth year that the Change Leader of the Year Award has been presented. As in previous years, the awards are presented across the following categories: Large Companies, Medium-sized Companies, with one final category reflecting a unique theme for the year. This year, we present the Crisis Leader of the Year category.

Successful change management is among the most demanding in the business world. Boyden Executive Search and Interim Search, presenters of the awards, are especially honored to celebrate transformational leaders who drive their organizations forward with ambition and vision –  precisely in challenging and disruptive times. Katarina Brixéus and Elise Andström, Managing Partners, Boyden Sweden, and members of the jury, comment, "Today, we proudly congratulate two dedicated leaders in this unique category recognizing agile crisis leadership. It is our honour and privilege to congratulate Sara Lindholm Larsson and Martin Tegnér, leaders who demonstrated resilience and innovation in truly life-saving effortt."

Read our interview with Crisis Leaders of the Year, Sara Lindholm Larsson and Martin Tegnér

About Årets Förändringsledare / Change Leader of the Year Awards

Awards Criteria

The jury analyzes the candidates from three perspectives:

  1. Internal influence. This refers to results achieved by the change leader in his own organization through changes that have positively affected the financial result, staff, organization, etc.
  2. External influence. How the person's change management has successfully affected external stakeholders and contributed to society at large.
  3. Personality. The jury also weighs personality and the degree to which the candidate has acted as an example with a positive, engaging and inspiring way.

Read more about Årets Förändringsledare / Change Leader of the Year Awards here.

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