Scania has appointed a new chief executive and president, Christian Levin, from 1 May.

Levin is currently on the executive board of TRATON SE and chief operating officer of TRATON Group and has more than 20 years’ experience working at Scania.

As well as becoming chief executive, he will also remain a member of the executive board.

Levin succeeds Henrik Henriksson, who leaves after 23 years at Scania and more than five as its chief executive, to join H2 Green Steel, which aims to start production of fossil-free steel by 2024.

Matthias Grundler, chief executive of TRATON SE and chairman of the board of directors of Scania, regretted Levin’s departure, but said he was proud he would be taking on a challenge at H2 Green Steel: “Our industry will also benefit greatly from fossil-free steel, and TRATON will follow this venture with interest,” he said.

“Fortunately, we could not ask for a better-suited successor than Christian Levin.

“His experience and knowledge of both the industry and Scania is a perfect fit and will safeguard Scania’s commitment to sustainability and boost its transformation journey.”

Henriksson said: “It was a very difficult decision for me to take, to leave Scania, a company which I have spent my entire professional career with and that I see as family. I have had a fantastic journey at Scania and I feel proud of what we have achieved.”

Levin began his career at Scania in 1994 as a management trainee and has held several managerial positions.

He was executive vice president and head of sales & marketing at Scania before joining TRATON.