New CEO at United Spaces has profitability in focus

Yvonne Sörensen Björud is known for her superb financial results – for turning losses into profits, at such major brands as Svenskt Tenn and Berns Hotel. She will now step in as the new CEO for United Spaces. 

Yvonne Sörensen Björud is known for her superb financial results, for turning losses into profits, at such major brands as Svenskt Tenn and Berns Hotel. She will now step in as the new CEO for United Spaces.

Yvonne Sörensen Björud arrives with impressive experience in management positions at successful companies within the decorating and hospitality industries, as well as a wide-ranging leadership background from various European countries.

“Yvonne Sörensen Björud’s substantial background of creating successful, profitable companies makes her the totally right person for developing and producing United Spaces coworking offers for a fast-growing operation, while increasing profits”, says Henrik Saxborn, Castellum CEO.

Current shared-office demand gives rise to predictions of strong growth in coming years, and through the acquisition of a coworking-specialist company like United Spaces, Castellum can invite new and existing customers to shared office space at very attractive addresses in Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Malmö, as well as other cities. Over the next few years, Castellum plans to increase leasable office area at United Spaces to approx. 40,000-50,000 square meters, from the current 11,000 sq.m.

Göran Garberg, who founded United Spaces with Lars Rydén, will continue to be actively engaged in operations as Senior Advisor.

Yvonne Sörensen Björud will assume her new position in February, 2019, and comes most recently from operating her own company, where assignments have included serving as a working Board Chairman for Sven-Harrys Konst- och Bostadsstiftelse cultural foundation and within the Stureplansgruppen hospitality and entertainment group.
“I really burn for creating added value for customers and guests. United Spaces is already the leading coworking company in the Nordic countries, and it feels extremely exciting to join Castellum in creating future work- and meeting-spaces for everyone who goes to work in our buildings”, says Yvonne Sörensen Björud.

For further information, contact:

Henrik Saxborn, Castellum CEO, 031 60 74 50
Anna-Karin Nyman, Communications Director, Castellum,  070 206 75 62
Castellum is one of the largest listed real estate companies in Sweden. Property values amount to SEK 89.2 billion and holdings comprise office, warehousing/logistics and public sector properties, covering a total leasable area of 4.3 million square metres

      The real estate portfolio is owned and managed under the Castellum brand through a decentralized organization with strong and clear local presence in 20 cities in Sweden and also in Copenhagen and Helsinki.
   In 2018, Castellum received two awards for sustainability efforts; designated Number One in the world by GRESB for the offices-and-logistics sector, as well as the Level Gold award for sustainability reporting from the EPRA (European Public Real Estate Association). In addition, Castellum is the only Nordic real-estate and construction company elected to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), joining a select group of companies in the world who perform best on sustainability issues. The Castellum share is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm Large Cap. 

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