THE COMPANY IS FOUNDED – PIONEERS
The company was founded in 1963 by Caj Sigstam, Bengt Stahre and Harald Marthins and was one of the first management and business consultancy firms in Sweden. The name Sevenco is an abbreviation of seven consultants and the original idea was that the company would consist of just that. However, the company quickly grew beyond that number.
FIRST AND BIGGEST IN SWEDEN WITH THE PERT METHOD
Sevenco was an early adopter of NASA’s PERT method. PERT (Program Evaluation and Review Technique) is used to calculate and predict critical points and their interdependence within complex project planning. NASA’s aim was to win the space race and put the first man on the moon and Sevenco became Sweden’s first and, at that time largest, user of the PERT method.
Pilot projects, planning and infrastructure projects made up the majority of the company’s assignments. Notable jobs included the expansion of Järvafältet, Ormingestaden on behalf of HSB, the renovation of Danderyd Hospital and the construction of Huddinge Hospital. One of Bengt’s colleagues, consultant Sven Sandström, who was involved in the Huddinge project, went on to become managing director of the World Bank in Washington.
SWEDEN’S FIRST INTERIM CEOS
In order to develop himself, around 1973 founder Bengt Stahre decided to rent out his own services as chief executive, becoming one of Sweden’s first interim CEOs. Over the next 20 years, his intervention was instrumental in solving a variety of situations and problems for his clients. Caj Sigstam chose to specialise on defaulted payments and soon found himself working with a foundation facing major challenges. The Promobilia Foundation is still in existence and in 1999 it sold its Permobil wheelchair business for SEK 3 billion. As of 2017, founder Caj is still active in the foundation, ensuring that various projects in the field are able to receive funding.
PUBLICATION OF THE BOOK LINDANSARNA – OM KONSTEN ATT LEDA INTRESSEORGANISATIONER (TIGHTROPE WALKERS – ON THE ART OF LEADING INTEREST ORGANISATIONS)
A number of the company’s consultants wrote an acclaimed book, Lindansarna – om konsten att leda intresseorganisationer (Tightrope Walkers – On the art of leading interest organisations). (Bauer/Eisler/Halberg/Jackert, ISBN 91-87026-16-3).
EXPERTISE, KNOWLEDGE AND READINESS TO DELIVER STILL IN FOCUS
Having the right expertise and experience, to know your stuff, is more important than ever. The business world is always changing, and much has happened since Sevenco started. We continue to ensure that we provide high levels of quality and expertise and that we deliver results.
THEN AND NOW
Quality and value creation stand the test of time
Maintaining high levels of quality and expertise was the touchstone for our founders, as was their preparedness to deliver – to be able to step in at short notice as a management consultant or interim executive and help businesses and organisations. Their clients were scattered throughout Sweden. Hidden away, we have discovered map books that make one think of brown suede driving gloves, checked caps and perhaps even a nodding dog in the car’s back window. A genuine nostalgia trip indeed.