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John F. Smith became Chairman of the Board of Directors of General Motors (GM) in January 1996. He has also been Chief Executive Officer since November 1992. In addition, he served as President of GM from April 1992 to October 1998, and as President and Chief Operating Officer from April 1992 to November 1992.
From August 1, 1990 to April 6, 1992 Mr. Smith served as Vice Chairman of GM with responsibility for international operations. Prior to that, he had been Executive Vice President in charge of GM's international operations since June 1998.
Mr. Smith was born on April 6, 1938, in Worcester, Massachusetts. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Massachusetts in 1960 and a Master of Business Administration degree from Boston University in 1965.
Mr. Smith is a member of The Procter & Gamble Company Board of Directors and is a representative to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Advisory Council (ABAC). He is Chairman of the Economic Club of Detroit, Catalyst, and co-Chairman of the Business Roundtable. Mr. Smith is also a director of Detroit Renaissance, the Polish-American Enterprise Fund, and the U.S.-Japan Business Council. He also serves on the board of trustees of the United Way of Southeastern Michigan.
Dr. Lars Ramqvist, Former Chairman of Ericsson and one of the world's most respected business leaders, has had a long and distinguished career in the telecommunications industry. For more than three decades, his work diligently supported free trade worldwide.
After earning his Masters degree in Solid State Chemistry in 1965 and his Doctorate in Solid State Chemistry and Physics in 1969 from the University of Uppsala, Sweden, Dr. Ramqvist began his career at the Axel Johnson Institute for Industrial Research in Nynashamn.
Recruited by Ericsson in 1980, Dr. Ramqvist's 18 year tenure with the company was marked by tremendous achievement. Prior to his appointment as Chairman of Ericsson, he has held positions as Vice President of Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, President of Ericsson components, Executive Vice President and Member of the Corporate Executive Committee, President of Ericsson Radio Systems AB and Head of Business Area Mobile Systems, President of Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, and Chief Executive Officer of the Ericsson group.
While President of Ericsson's strategically important microelectronics company, Ericsson Components, Dr. Ramqvist laid the groundwork for a cooperation with Texas Instruments. Dr. Ramqvist also recognized the enormous potential of the cellular phone industry at an early stage. In 1989, while President of Ericsson Radio Systems AB and Head of Business Area Mobile Systems, he initiated a joint venture with General Electric that dramatically strengthened Ericsson's position in the US cellular market.
Norman Augustine has, for nearly four decades of public and private sector service, been widely recognized for his leadership of the aerospace industry and his advocacy of innovative technologies that have contributed to international stability and the extension of scientific knowledge.
For nearly two decades after earning Bachelors and Masters degrees in aeronautical engineering from Princeton University, Mr. Augustine held engineering and general management positions at leading aerospace concerns. He left the industry twice to serve as Assistant Director of Defense Research and Engineering, and later as Assistant Secretary and Under Secretary of the Army.
Mr. Augustine joined Martin Marietta Corporation in 1977 and became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 1988. In 1995, Martin Marietta merged with Lockheed Corporation and he served successfully as President, Chief Executive Officer, Vice Chairman, and Chairman.
In recognition of his significant contributions to science, engineering and the aerospace industry, Mr. Augustine was selected in 1997 to receive the prestigious National Medal of Technology. He was also chosen as one of Business Week's "Top 25 Managers of 1996" and one of "Fifty Great Americans" by the Library of Congress and Who's Who in America on the occasion of their 50th anniversary.
Mr. Augustine is married to the former Meg Engman of Stockholm, Sweden.
Dr. Nicolin was for many decades one of the most prestigious and successful industrialists. In 1961 he was appointed Managing Director of ASEA AB, and became Chairman of the Board in 1976. During Dr. Nicolin's years as Managing Director, ASEA AB expanded to become a major international company, and in 1987 he was instrumental in the merger between ASEA AB and Brown Boveri BBC. During ABB Asea Brown Boveri's important first years, Dr. Nicolin served as Co-Chairman of this global company.
From 1973 to 1991, Dr. Nicolin served as the Chairman of Scandinavian Airlines System, where, in 1961, he functioned as temporary head during its important reorganization. He was actively involved in the Swedish Employers Association as its Chairman from 1976 to 1984.
Dr. Nicolin was a respected and honored debater and lecturer, and has during his extensive career published several books and articles. He was always interested in the relations between business and industry, both nationally and internationally, and was received several awards. In 1991, he was decorated with His Majesty's Medal size 12 in the ribbon of the Order of the Seraphim.