Per Heggenes

IKEA Foundation

Per Heggenes is the CEO of the IKEA Foundation, based in Leiden, The Netherlands. The foundation is the philanthropic arm of Stichting INGKA Foundation which owns the IKEA Group, the Swedish home furnishing company.
Prior to joining the foundation, Heggenes was the Global Head of Corporate Affairs and member of the Global Executive Team for the shipping and logistics company Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics.
Before joining WWL he was the UK President and CEO for the global public relations firm Burson-Marsteller and Co-CEO for Europe. Previously, he held different global roles (Global Head of Human Resources, Worldwide Chief Knowledge Officer, Global Affiliate network director) based in New York. Prior to these roles, Mr. Heggenes was chairman of the Corporate Practice in Europe followed by a period as Chief Operating Officer of Burson-Marsteller Europe. Mr. Heggenes joined Burson-Marsteller in Norway where he was appointed country manager in 1992.
He served as a journalist with the Headquarters Defense Command in Norway and graduated from the University of Augsburg in Germany with a “Diplom Oekonom” (MBA). He is married with three children and lives in Switzerland.