Arvid Lindman - Chairman of the Board and Statesman



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Admiral Arvid Lindman was a man with many strings to his bow. Having been a naval officer and president of AB Iggesunds Bruk between 1892 and 1904, and director general of the Swedish Board of Telecommunications, he became Sweden’s prime minister in 1906 on the strength of his program for general and proportional representation for parliament’s chambers and in 1907 he was appointed Admiral in the naval reserve. Following left-wing party victories in the 1911 election, Lindman resigned and became leader of the opposition.

As a politician Lindman was intensely involved in matters related to industry and commerce and he held a number of senior business appointments. These included his chairmanship of Svenska Handelsbanken from 1912 to 1923 and chairman of the board of AGA AB for a full 24 years, from 1912 to 1936. The socially involved Arvid Lindman, who was a personal friend of Gustaf Dalén, can be seen behind many of Dalén's progressive efforts designed to promote the security and well-being of the employees.