Karl-Johan Persson

Benjamin Wachenje

Title: President and CEO, H&M

Born: March 25, 1975

Education: Business and economics, European Business School, London

Early Marker: Turned an events management company he purchased in 2001 into the leading one in Scandinavia, selling it in 2007 to MCI.

Big Idea: Driving forward the rapid international expansion of the world's second-largest fashion apparel retailer founded by his grandfather, particularly in its largest markets, the U.S. and China, and expanding the Stockholm-based group's global online presence.

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