Stefan Ranstrand

BEST CEO in the sustainable resource management industry

Stefan Ranstrand


Norwegian technology company TOMRA is a leading supplier of sensor-based solutions. It enhances resource productivity in order to support the circular economy.

At the head of this major operation is Stefan Ranstrand, who has stood as president and CEO since 2009. Ranstrand has held various managerial positions at ABB, Data General and IKEA, all of which led him to his current role. In his time as CEO of TOMRA, Ranstrand has drawn together the various strands of the business to create a consolidated, powerful brand.

In addition to his corporate experience, Ranstrand has a master’s degree in industrial and management engineering from the Institute of Technology at Linköping University, as well as a diploma in industrial engineering from the Technical University of Darmstadt. Both of these qualifications have helped Ranstrand understand the technicalities of the complex industry in which he works. He speaks Swedish, German and English, and has a basic understanding of Mandarin.

Thanks to Ranstrand’s expert leadership, TOMRA has cemented an excellent reputation in the sustainable resource management industry. It impressed many by winning European Business Awards’ Business of the Year Award for companies with a turnover of €150m or more in 2014/15 and 2017/18. The company is the leading supplier of reverse vending solutions for used beverage containers, as well as cutting-edge sorting solutions for the food, recycling and mining industries. TOMRA continually invests in research and development to keep on top of the latest industry trends and to ensure customers get the best value from its products.

TOMRA’s solutions are part of a widespread push to operate more sustainably. The global population is expected to increase by 30 percent over the next 40 years; as such, it has become essential for organisations to rethink how they obtain, use and re-use resources. TOMRA has been in business for four decades and its executives have never stopped promoting these values.