STOCKHOLM, Nov. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The automotive technology company Veoneer, Inc. (NYSE: VNE and SSE: VNE SDB), has announced the appointment of Ray Pekar as Chief Financial Officer, effective March 2021. He first joined Autoliv in 1996 and became Vice President Business Development and Investor Relations for Veoneer upon its spin-off from Autoliv in 2018.
Ray Pekar will replace Mats Backman who has decided to leave Veoneer to seek new opportunities. Mats Backman will continue in his position as CFO until March 2021 and in order to ensure a smooth transition he will remain with Veoneer until May 2021. Backman first joined Autoliv in 2016.
"I have worked for five years as CFO first for Autoliv and later Veoneer. It has been a fantastic journey and we have achieved a lot, including establishing Veoneer as a stand-alone company with great growth prospects. Veoneer is now ready to enter a new phase, and this is the right time for me to take the next step", Backman said.
"I warmly welcome Ray to his new role. He brings solid experience from more than two decades with Autoliv and Veoneer. He is also highly respected in the global finance community. I would also like to sincerely thank Mats, with whom I have worked closely over the last five years, first at Autoliv and later at Veoneer. He has played a key role in building up a strong finance team with structured processes and has been the key contributor to our improved financial efficiency. I wish him all the best for the future", said Jan Carlson, Chairman, President & CEO, Veoneer.
"I look forward to taking on my new role. The timing for this transition is good, I get to participate in the next part of the build-up of Veoneer as the company enters a growth phase and advances its collaboration with Qualcomm", said Ray Pekar.
As an additional part of the development of Veoneer's financial management Christine Rankin, currently Vice President of Corporate Control, has been appointed Senior Vice President Corporate Control and Principal Accounting Officer for Veoneer, effective immediately.
Ray Pekar has more than 30 years in the automotive industry with positions of increasing responsibility in the areas of finance and accounting, business development, M&A and investor relations, including six years as VP Finance Autoliv North America. He is a CPA/CMA in Ontario, Canada and holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Windsor with a concentration in finance and accounting.
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Veoneer designs and manufactures products and solutions for active safety, autonomous driving, occupant protection and brake control. Our purpose is to create trust in mobility. Veoneer is a new technology company that is building on a heritage of close to 70 years of automotive safety development. In 2019, sales amounted to $1.9 billion. Veoneer has 7,400 employees in 12 countries. Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Veoneer is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: VNE) and on Nasdaq Stockholm (SSE: VNE SDB).
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