Maria has worked as the CEO in the cluster organisation Paper Province for more the 5 years. Previously she has worked within the IT industry at Ericsson AB and Tieto AB. She started as a technical writer, but spent the main part of total 16 years in different leading positions. As the CEO of the cluster Maria has led an strategic change and renewal of the cluster which now is more successful than ever with a strong focus on innovation and development within forest bioeconomy. Maria has also successfully worked to improve cooperation with other actors in the region.
Maria’s areas of expertise include:
- Cluster development and strategy
- Innovation process, entrepreneurship
- Involvement in regional development and smart specialisation
- Change management and business development
Paper Province (PP) is a European World-Class Cluster working in all value chains of the forest industry. The non-profit cluster organization was established 2003 but started as an initiative already in 1999. Many companies (>200) in the region work within the forest based bioeconomy. PP is owned and managed by 100 member companies in Värmland, northen Dalsland and Örebro county in central Sweden. In 2013 Sweden’s innovation agency (Vinnova) granted Paper Province a ten year financing, supporting the strategic idea to build a large scale demonstrator that from a service perspective can verify, test and implement new products and services derived from the forest-based industry value chains.