For more than 20 years, Aqeri Holding AB has been supplying computer and communications equipment for extreme conditions to clients across the defence and civil sectors. With a wealth of expertise and knowledge to draw on, Aqeri is identifying and adapting to market trends to maintain its impressive growth.

Manne KA Koerfer has been the president and CEO of Aqeri since March 2012 and a member of the board of directors since May 2011. With a degree in mechanical engineering and a strong background in the navy, Manne is used to leading diverse and challenging teams.

The CEO Magazine Europe sat down with Manne to discuss how he turned Aqeri around, the agile nature of the company, and the interesting future ahead for the industry and Aqeri.

“I’ve been working within the armed forces and defence industry my entire life. After leaving the largest Swedish defence company, Saab, I helped out a smaller consultancy in the defence sector and was headhunted to join the board of Aqeri at the same time in the winter of 2010.

I was formally elected director of the board at the AGM in May 2011. At the time, the company was going through quite a troubling time and, pursuing my normal modus operandi, I asked a lot of questions during our board meetings in the summer of 2011. Eventually, in September 2011, the chairman pointed to me and said, “Since you have so many good ideas and questions, we would like you to take over.”