Release time : 2015-06-12 09:19:54
Tom Johnstone has been awarded the Order of the Polar Star for his personal services to Sweden and Swedish interests. The County Governor Lars Bauml;ckstrouml;m presented the order at a recent ceremony at the County Governor residence in Gouml;teborg.
Tom Johnstone was born in Scotland and is a graduate of the University of Glasgow. He started working as a salesman with SKF's British subsidiary SKF (U.K.) in 1977. Thereafter, he has held a number of managerial positions within sales and marketing within SKF. He is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the SKF Group since 2003.
The Order of the Polar Star is a Swedish royal order instituted in 1748 by the Swedish King Fredrik I. Until 1975 the Order of the Polar Star was a reward for Swedish and foreign "civic merits, for devotion to duty, for science, literary, learned and useful works and for new and beneficial institutions". Nowadays it is only awarded to members of the Swedish royal family and foreign citizens for personal services to Sweden and Swedish interests.
Among those who have received the Order of the Polar Star in the past are Christopher Polhem, Jonas Alstrouml;mer and Greta Garbo.