1989: Leif Östling becomes President and CEO

1989: Leif Östling becomes President and CEO

Leif Östling, Managing Director of Scania operations in the Netherlands, becomes President and CEO of Scania. He is soon bombarded by questions from journalists who wonder whether Scania might merge with another truckmaker. He emphatically denies such rumours, citing the risk of losing market share. “In the truck world, one plus one are seldom two, but at best one-and-a-half,” Östling says.