Founder, Chairman, and shareholder of Collector and Collector Bank
Former CEO of Securum Finans
Previous leading positions in SEB, DNB and Societe Generale
With more than 16 years at the helm of the financial services company Collector AB and over 30 years in the financial sector to her credit, Lena Apler is an undisputed heavyweight in the field. It is, therefore, no surprise that she led the list of the top 15 women entrepreneurs in 2015, as ranked by Business Week Sweden.
After more than 15 years in senior positions in leading banks and five years at the state-owned market stabilizer Securum Finans, Apler co-founded the financial services company Collector AB. Since then she has steered the company to sustained profitability and most recently, guided it through an Initial Public Offering (IPO) on the Stockholm Stock Exchange in 2015. In June 2015 NASDAQ OMX Nordic quoted the company’s market cap in excess of SEK 6.3 billion. In 2014 she stepped down as Collector President and CEO.
A trailblazer in her field, Apler is keenly interested in gender equality and advocates for equal remuneration for women. She works with the NGO Hand in Hand Sweden to help vulnerable women achieve self-sufficiency through entrepreneurship.