Andersson, a former Swedish army major, started his career with Saab Automotive AB in 1987, followed by a 16-year career at GM. He held several positions at the automaker, including vice president of global purchasing and supply chain from 2001 to 2009. He was seen as instrumental in cutting $2 billion annually from GM's parts bill.
About a month after leaving GM, he was elected chairman of GAZ Group. In short order, he added president to his title, and in 2013, he was appointed to lead AvtoVAZ, the largest Russian car manufacturer.
Russia proved to be a challenge for the hard-nosed executive, who was ousted as CEO after being blamed for nearly $1 billion in losses in 2015.