Sweden has appointed a new honorary consul for Georgia, though he is awaiting official approval from the U.S. State Department, which should come in a few months. 

Mikael Norin, a strategy consultant and executive who moved to Atlanta in 2007, received his appointment from Swedish Ambassador Björn Lyrvall Jan. 16 in Washington. Until the State Department gives its final nod, Mr. Norin is officially considered an honorary-consul designate. 

“It is an honor, definitely, and as I said, I saw it as a way of giving back a little bit and supporting the Swedish community here in Atlanta and Georgia,” said Mr. Norin, who is a Swedish citizen and a U.S. permanent resident. 

After moving to Atlanta in 2007 to head up the Americas division of information-management firm Recall Inc., a unit of Australia-based Brambles Ltd., he moved to Singapore for two years as president of Rolls-Royce Marine Services, which makes ship engines, deck loading equipment and other machinery for shippers. 

He currently sits on the boards of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia and a few international companies but has been concentrating on strategy consulting and nonprofit work since leaving Rolls-Royce. He has no plans to return to a full-time executive role – at least right now. 

“You should never say never, but not at the moment,” Mr. Norin told Global Atlanta. 

He replaces Jill Olander in the honorary consul role and says he plans to build on her positive work. 

For a full bio of Mr. Norin, click here

To contact the honorary consulate or the Swedish chamber, visit http://www.globalatlanta.comdirectory/#Sweden

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