Neonode Announces Appointment of new CEO
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, October 23, 2019 — Neonode Inc. (NASDAQ: NEON), the optical interactive sensing technology company, today announced that the Board of Directors has appointed Urban Forssell as new Chief Executive Officer, effective latest January 1, 2020.
“I am very pleased to welcome Urban Forssell to Neonode. He brings to the Company a demonstrated track record of outstanding business leadership and high technical skills that will be crucial to Neonode’s success moving forward”, says Ulf Rosberg, Chairman of the Board.
“I look forward to joining Neonode and feel inspired to work with the team and the Board of Directors to develop and grow the company. I'm impressed by Neonode's technology base and know-how and see great potential in the company", says Mr Forssell.
Effective immediately Håkan Persson resigns from his position as Chief Executive Officer and to ensure a smooth transition, Maria Ek, Chief Financial Officer at Neonode, will act as interim Chief Executive Officer until Mr. Forssell joins the company.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors and Neonode Executive team, we thank Håkan for his valuable contributions to grow our global sales presence and partner network and wish him well in his next endeavors” continues Ulf Rosberg.
Mr. Forssell, age 49, has served since 2013 as a Vice President and between 2011 and 2013 as a General Manager at Öhlins Racing AB. His positions at Öhlins Racing have included responsibility for sales and marketing of MC and Automotive suspension systems, research and development, and quality assurance. Prior to joining at Öhlins Racing, Mr. Forssell served as Manager at Autoliv Electronics AB from 2010 to 2011. Prior to that, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer at NIRA Dynamics AB between 2001 and 2010. Mr. Forssell has a Ph. D. in Automatic Control and a M.Sc. in Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering, both from Linköping University in Sweden.
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