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SAS’ Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer Karl Sandlund to Depart Airline

SAS’ Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Karl Sandlund, will depart the carrier after 18 years of service by October 2022 to pursue an opportunity outside of the company.


SAS' Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer Karl Sandlund - Courtesy SAS

Today (April 4, 2022), SAS announced that long-time executive, Karl Sandlund, currently serving as the airline’s Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), will leave the company to pursue an outside opportunity no later than October 2022. SAS will begin the recruiting process immediately for Mr. Sandlund’s successor to ensure a smooth transition.


In Monday’s announcement, SAS’ President and CEO, Anko van der Werff, said,


“Karl has been at SAS since 2004 and it is with regret, I see him leave. He has been a key player in many different areas of the company for the past 18 years. Both from a personal and professional level I’m grateful for how Karl introduced me to SAS when I joined last year. I am sure that his drive and passion for society is something his new company will value as well. I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”


Also commenting on his upcoming departure from the airline, SAS’ EVP and CCO, Karl Sandlund, said,


“It’s with mixed feelings I am leaving SAS. It has been a fantastic journey and I have held different exciting positions within the company throughout the years. The changes we have seen and the movement toward a more sustainable aviation industry with SAS in leading position are close to my heart. I have now accepted an irresistible opportunity in a company promoting excellence and opportunities for our next generation which is something I highly value. I like to thank my colleagues at SAS for their engagement and support throughout the years and I will closely follow the developments of SAS FORWARD, our plan which will ensure a sustainable future for this fantastic company.”


SAS is the leading airline in Scandinavia, normally carrying over 30 million passengers annually from its main hubs in Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm to 125 destinations in Europe, the US and Asia (pre-pandemic figures). The company has targeted a reduction in carbon emissions by 25 percent by 2025, compared to 2005 levels, and hopes to transition to 100% biofuel for domestic flights by 2030. SAS also offers ground handling services, technical maintenance and cargo services. The carrier is a founding member of the Star Alliance, which offers an extensive global network.



Source: SAS/Cision

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