Lars H. Thunell
Lars H. Thunell is a Swedish businessman, since January 2006 Executive Vice President and CEO of IFC (International Finance Corporation
International Finance Corporation
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), a member of the World Bank Group
World Bank Group
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Thunell attended Stockholm University
Stockholm University
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, were he majored in political science
Political science
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 and received a doctorate with his dissertation about Political Risks in International Business: Investment Behavior of Multinational Corporations.

Thunell has had a number of leading positions in Swedish and international businesses, among them at ABB in Zürich
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 and American Express
American Express
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 in New York
New York
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. In the mid 1990s he was director of the Swedish insurance company Trygg-Hansa and he retired as chief executive for a main Swedish bank, SEB
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