Javier was born in 1977 and grew up in Barcelona, Spain. He first started his IKEA journey more than 20 years ago in 1997 as a self-serve co-worker in IKEA Badalona (Barcelona), before taking on a new role as Team Leader for various different business areas from 1999 onwards.
In 2005, Javier took over the position as Sales Manager in the Badalona store before joining IKEA Barakaldo in 2008 as Deputy Store Manager. He then became an official Store Manager in 2011 at IKEA Sabadell.
In 2014, Javier and his family (wife and two daughters) moved to London and he took on the role of Deputy Retail Manager, IKEA UK and Ireland. Since joining the UK & Ireland organisation four years ago, Javier has been a key contributor to the success of the business, with specific responsibilities for Sales, Com&In (interior design), IKEA Food and a number of stores, and more recently Marketing, Property and Expansion, and Corporate Communications.
In May 2018 Javier was announced as Gillian Drakeford’s successor to become Country Retail Manager, IKEA UK & Ireland. He is now responsible for more than 10,900 co-workers across both countries.
Country Sustainability Manager for IKEA UK & Ireland
Hege Sæbjørnsen is the Country Sustainability Manager for IKEA UK & Ireland, responsible for all aspects of the retailer’s sustainability strategy across both countries. Hege joined IKEA in May 2015 as Sustainability Expansion Manager, leading the integration of sustainability into the expansion agenda at a time of rapid growth for the business. She was a key member of the team behind the Greenwich sustainable store project, and has been instrumental in co-developing IKEA’s Role in Society strategic initiative.
Prior to joining IKEA, after an initial career as a photographer, Hege set up several creative projects for social and economic change such as the Affluenza exhibition and Platforma Arts & Refugee Network. This led her to co-founding Mindapples, a mental wellbeing social enterprise. Subsequently she spent five years developing values-led start-ups and social entrepreneurship programmes, including three years establishing a networks and engagement direction for UnLtd, the foundation for social entrepreneurs.
Country HR Manager, IKEA UK & Ireland
Carin was born in 1975 in Sweden, but she has lived more than half of her life abroad; in France as well as in Switzerland (Geneva and Zurich) and now in the UK. She is married and has a nine year old son.
Prior to her career in HR, she worked at the United Nations, in Asset Management as well as in a Hedge Fund. She has a Master in Economics as well as an MAS in HRM & Career Management from the University of Geneva.
Carin joined IKEA Group in 2011 as Learning and Development Manager and progressed to various roles throughout the business before taking on her current role as Country HR Manager at IKEA UK & Ireland in September 2017. She says that diversity of cultures and people have enriched her life and fueled her passion for transformational leadership and equality.
Carin is now responsible for the wellbeing of more than 11,000 IKEA co-workers across both the UK & Ireland.
Ireland Market Manager, IKEA UK & Ireland
Based in Dublin, Claudia is responsible for growing the IKEA brand in Ireland with IKEA’s co-workers, customers and the wider community at the heart of her focus. Claudia’s responsibility spans across all business activities in the Republic of Ireland including the IKEA Dublin store, the Order and Collection Point and Shop Online.
Originally from Germany, Claudia has over 11 years of in-depth experience working with IKEA. She joined IKEA in 2006, contributing to the development of IKEA’s customer distribution business as Customer Distribution Manager for Central Europe and later North Europe. In 2011, Claudia took the role of Distribution Services Area Manager for North Europe and later joined IKEA UK & Ireland as Store Manager in training in Wembley, London.