CER Chair Crister Fritzson


Crister Fritzson, Chairman of the Swedish Association of Train Operators (ASTOC) and CEO & President of SJ

Elected CER Chair on 25 September 2017, reconfirmed on 23 September 2019

“It is a great honour for me to have been given this mandate to serve as Chairman of CER. The cohesion and future direction of Europe is facing many challenges. I believe that the railway sector has a very important role to play in this context, being a backbone of environmentally friendly mobility solutions, a promoter of social inclusion, and a large employer. I intend to work closely with all the members of CER and the dedicated team in Brussels, but also seek to strengthen the voice of European railways by means of better coordination with other railway organisations. There are many priorities, one of them being the implementation of the Fourth Railway Package, where I will contribute with the Swedish experience of market opening and related reforms in the strive to achieve a truly competitive European railway sector.” 



2012 to date   -   CEO & President, SJ AB

SJ is the Swedish state-owned train operator with net sales amounted to SEK 9,000 million and operating profit to SEK 625 million and 5,000 employees (2015). SJ’s services goes from Copenhagen in Denmark to Narvik in Norway, every day 450 000 passenger travels with SJ. SJ operates two types of rail services: commercial services and services subject to public tender with regional public transport authorities (PTAs).

Chairman, ASTOC – Association of Swedish Train Operating Companies

ASTOC is the association of 43 freight and passenger train operators in Sweden.

2007-2012   -   CEO & President, Terracom Group

Turnaround of the Swedish state owned TV and radio distribution to become one of the leading broadband, net and pay TV operators in the Nordic region.

2001-2006   -   CEO, Boxer AB

Leading Pay TV provider with 2 Billion SEK turnover, operating profit of 450 Million SEK, and a customer base of more than 700.000 households.

1999-2001   -   Executive VP Global Marketing & Sales, Allgon Systems

1991-1999   -   Country and Channel Manager, Nordics & Baltic, Motorola Cellular



  • 2011 - INSEAD, Senior Executive Program
  • 1999-2000 - Stockholm School of Economics, Advanced Management Program
  • 1995-1996 - IHM, Executive Program



  • Board member of Systembolaget
  • Board member of Net Insight
  • Board member of Svenskt Näringsliv-The Confederation of Swedish Enterprises
  • Board member of Samtrafiken
  • Board member of Svensk Turism AB - Swedish Tourism Board
  • Board member of Almega – Swedish Employers’ Organisation