Per-Olof Lööf has served as Honorary Consul of Sweden since he received his exequatur from the US State Department on January 18th, 2006.
Mr. Lööf joined KEMET Corporation (NYSE:KEM) on April 4, 2005, as the Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Lööf also serves as Chairman of the Board for NEC/Tokin, a Joint Venture between NEC Corporation in Tokyo, Japan and KEMET Corporation.
KEMET applies world class service and quality to deliver industry leading, high performance capacitance solutions to its customers around the world and offers the world's most complete line of surface mount and through-hole capacitor technologies across tantalum, ceramic, film, aluminum, electrolytic, and paper dielectrics. Production is measured in the billions of pieces per year. KEMET employs over 10,000, and is headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. KEMET has 24 manufacturing facilities globally. NEC/Tokin is headquartered in Shiroishi, Japan, and has seven manufacturing facilities in Asia and Japan. NEC/Tokin manufactures Polymer and Super capacitors, as well as Electromagnetic materials, Electro Mechanical Devices, Piezoelectric components and Access Device solutions. The company employs 8000 people. Jointly the group has operations, sales and service in 34 countries on all continents.
Prior to joining KEMET, Lööf was Managing Partner with The QuanStar Group, a Strategic Management Consulting Firm in New York City.
Lööf is the past President and Chief Executive Officer of Sensormatic Electronics Corporation, the world's leader in electronic security. He led the organization through a difficult turnaround and managed its successful acquisition by Tyco. The combined company is the world’s largest manufacturer, installer, and provider of fire protection systems and electronic security services. Its product lines include anti-theft systems, point-of-sale-monitoring devices, video surveillance products, access control and intelligent sensing and tracking systems. Sensormatic was the provider of security for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
A native of Sweden, Lööf has an extensive background in the global economy and has a proven track record of successful business-turnarounds. Prior to joining Sensormatic in 1999, he was Senior Vice President of NCR's Financial Solutions Group, one of the world’s leading suppliers to the retail financial services industry. Lööf reported to NCR Chairman.
Joining NCR from AT&T ISTEL, one of Europe's leading providers of integrated computing and communication services, where Lööf served as CEO. Previously he worked for 12 years at Digital Equipment Corporation where he was Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Europe. Earlier, Lööf was Vice President for the Financial Services Business Unit in Europe, where he successfully led the growth of that business, joined the company as a Senior Manager with Andersen Consulting in both the United States and Sweden. He holds a degree (MSc) in Economics and Business Administration from the Stockholm School of Economics, and has been awarded a U.S. Patent.
Since 1999, Lööf and his family have resided in Florida, and is active in many civic and charitable organizations, including: Member of the Board of the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children headquartered in Washington DC, member of the Board of Governors for the Boca Raton Regional Hospital, a Livery man and Freeman of the City of London, and Founding Member of the Guild of Security Professionals, City of London.
Mr. Lööf was instrumental in establishing the Swedish Church in South Florida. He serves as the president of the Church Board. Its foundation in December 2009 was attended by Bishop Lennart Koskinen.
His wife, Åsa Lena is the Past President of SWEA International Inc, active in several local and global charities; the Vice Chair of the Friends of the Conservatory at Lynn University, member of the board of Kissengo Foundation, a charity that will build medical services and schools in Kissengo Village in Katanga Province in The Democratic Republic of Congo, member of the board of Swedes Abroad, a lobby organization serving Swedes internationally. Mrs. Lööf is an educator and was previously the Headmistress of the Swedish School in London. Mrs. Lööf has degrees in Psychology and Education from the University of Stockholm, Uppsala and London. She completed her Graduate studies in Los Angeles, specializing in learning disabilities. They have twin sons: John, an engineering graduate of Tufts University who lives in San Francisco and works for LinkedIn; Carl graduated from the University of Chicago, received his Master's Degree from The London School of Economics and currently works for MetLife in New York City.
Most recently, he was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 in the Carolinas and South Florida Business Journal 2012 Broward Ultimate CEO.