On Sunday 28th January 2018, IKEA co-workers around the world were deeply saddened by the loss of our founder, Ingvar Kamprad. Ingvar was an inspirational man who touched the lives of many, many people around the world. From those of us working for IKEA in every corner of the globe, to customers who have gained from Ingvar’s vision to create a better everyday life for the many people, we’re eternally grateful for his values, his energy and his tireless spirit to always do better for the benefit of everyone. He will be truly missed by us all.
Everyone who was fortunate enough to meet Ingvar has a story to tell and they will tell you how he inspired them. He was a unique leader with a presence like no other, always making people feel important and valued no matter the position or role they were in. He had a remarkable ability to establish a real connection with everyone and made it his priority to listen to every single word you had to say.
It wasn’t just co-workers who felt inspired by Ingvar. Throughout his IKEA journey, Ingvar worked relentlessly to create a better everyday life for the many people and cemented it as a core value across the business. In everything he did, Ingvar always sided with the customer. He was a down-to-earth man and would always refer to how he and his late wife, Margaretha, would shop – helping him to view products and the shopping experience from the eyes of the customer.
Today I want to say “thank you” to our founder Ingvar Kamprad for giving to IKEA such a clear, meaningful and ambitious vision. As Ingvar said himself, “here’s to a glorious future”.