Exciting news: Year’s Entrepreneur and Annual Meeting

May has been a busy and exciting month for ArkivDigital. On May 12th  ArkivDigital  was recognized as the Entrepreneur of the Year at the Industry Gala (Näringslivsgalan) in Mariestad. Then on May 19th, the annual shareholders’ meeting was held at the company headquarters in Lyrestad.

Year’s Entrepreneur  (Årets Företagare)
On May 12, 2016, Mikael Karlsson, managing director of ArkivDigital, was honored to receive the Entrepreneur of the Year prize at the Industry Gala (Näringslivsgalan) in Mariestad. Mikael Karlsson said, “We have worked hard for many years and it is wonderful to be recognized with this special honor.” In his acceptance remarks, he thanked his employees, investors and customers.

Björn Mossberg, chairman of the Business Owners Association (företagarna) in Mariestad, stated that the directors on the board looked at profitability and development among other criteria when they selected the year’s entrepreneur. The justification for the prize reads, “An innovative entrepreneur in our time, who with current technology makes the past accessible in the future.”

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ArkivDigital’s Annual Shareholders’ Meeting

company meetingImage: From ArkivDigital’s Annual Shareholders’ Meeting, May 19, 2016

On Thursday, May 19th, ArkivDigital’s annual shareholders’ meeting was held at the company headquarters in Lyrestad, Sweden. The number of shareholders who attended the meeting represented nearly 70% of the outstanding shares.

All board members, Jan Aronson (Chairman of the Board), Paul Johansson and Häkan Skogsjö were reelected. Jonas Backlund was appointed as a substitute board member.

All the financial numbers for 2015 pointed in the right direction. Net sales increased by 16 percent to nearly 24 million Swedish kronor. Profits were nearly 2.9 million Swedish kronor, an improvement of 2.4 million compared with the previous year. The number of subscribers increased 5 percent to nearly 26,000.

Mikael Karlsson, managing director of ArkivDigital, highlighted the most recent developments at the board meeting. The All-in-one subscription, launched in early April, has already become very popular and the number of subscribers is nearly 7,000. The subscribers who have chosen to subscribe or upgrade to the All-in-one subscription have access to our two latest name searchable indexes: Population of Sweden 1880-1920 and Population of Sweden 1960. New registers of various types will be added to the All-in-one subscription in the future.

Along with index development, the company has continued to focus on photographing new records at a record pace. During 2015, nearly 7 million images were added to the database and at the end of the year more than 57 million images were in the online digital archive. Around the end of April and beginning May 2016, ArkivDigital reached another major milestone: 60 million images!

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Jan Aronson – New Chairman of the Board for ArkivDigital AD AB

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Effective December 3rd, Jan Aronson has been appointed the new Chairman of the Board of Directors for ArkivDigital AD AB. He replaces Karin Almlöf who recently chose to leave this position.

Jan Aronson has been a member of ArkivDigital’s Board of Directors during 2014. He was educated in systems analysis at the Stockholm University and has extensive experience in the information technology sector especially in senior management roles within sales and marketing. Former positions include: Marketing Manager at Digital Equipment in Sweden and the EMEA, CEO of Information Highway and Merkantildata Systems and Director of Global Sales and Business Development for Orange Business Services in the Nordic and Baltic countries.

“Jan Aronson’s solid experience and qualifications make him a valuable and strong asset for the company” said Mikael Karlsson CEO of ArkivDigital. “In his new role as Board Chairman, this will be become even clearer than before.”

“ArkivDigital is in an exciting development phase and many new initiatives will occur in the coming year,” said Jan Aronson.  “Being able to step in as the new chairman at this time is very inspiring. We have an exciting future before us!”

ArkivDigital AD AB’s Board of Directors also includes:
Håkan Skogsjö och Paul Johansson