Matias Bonnier is a self-proclaimed Swedish-American “hybrid.” He was born in California to Swedish parents and raised in Sweden but returned to the U.S. to receive higher education. He has worked within engineering and management for GE, AT&T and Lucent Technologies, among other things. He has also been sitting as a Chairman for the Karl-Adam Bonnier Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden. Today he contributes immensely to the Swedish-American Chamber as the the chairman of SACC-USA.
Hi there Matias Bonnier!
Tell us about a service/application that you’ve recently used that WOW:ed you?
The work that SACC’s J-1 Visa trainees perform throughout the network and affiliated businesses.
Mention an inspiring person you’ve met through SACC!
Without a doubt, Gary Bruce. He has been my greatest sounding board during my tenure as the Chairman of SACC-USA.
How do you extend/maintain your network?
Work. The more I work, the more new people I meet and more opportunities to re-meet.
Top 3 things about your city most people don’t know?
Columbus, Ohio: Home to the Battelle Memorial Institute, the world’s largest private research and development foundation; Chemical Abstracts Service, the world’s largest clearinghouse of chemical information; NetJets, the world’s largest fractional ownership jet aircraft fleet, The Ohio State Fair is the 3rd largest US State Fair, Ranked as the no. 1 up-and-coming tech city in the nation by Forbes in 2008 and ranked a top ten city by Relocate America in 2010. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium was rated no. 1 in 2009 by USA Travel Guide and, In 2008, COSI was the named the #1 science center in the United States for families by Parent Magazine.
Ohio: In 2010, Ohio was ranked No. 2 in the country for best business climate by Site Selection magazine, based on a business-activity database. The state has also won three consecutive Governor’s Cup awards from the magazine, based on business growth and developments. As of 2010, Ohio’s gross domestic product (GDP) was $478 billion. This ranks Ohio’s economy as the seventh-largest of all fifty states and the District of Columbia. Almost 60% of North American population is within 500 miles from Ohio (or an overnight trucking distance).
Who is your dream keynote for SACC Summit – and why?
Tomas Franzén, CEO of Bonnier AB, He is an excellent speaker with a keen understanding of how communication and media is evolving.