Most recently, he was Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of EF (Education First) North America. EF is the world’s largest language school and provider of educational travel services. At EF, he headed up the North American office in Cambridge, Mass. His responsibilities included all of North America including managing satellite offices in five locations in U.S. and Canada as well as European offices in Rome, Paris, Madrid, Stockholm, Heidelberg and London with 300 people reporting to him.
Before joining EF in 1995, he served as Senior Vice President for Astra USA, a subsidiary of what is now AstraZeneca, the British pharmaceutical company. Solvell also worked in Astra Germany (Astra Chemicals GmbH). During his 15-year career with Astra, Solvell served in many capacities. He was part of the original turn-around team that brought Astra USA from a $30-million-deficit operation to a multi-billion-dollar successful pharmaceutical company. Today, AstraZeneca is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Stefan was instrumental in organizing and training a 600-person sales force visiting doctors, dentists and hospitals in the USA. In his most recent assignment for the company he was responsible for manufacturing, quality assurance and pharmaceutical development with 400 people reporting to him.
e-pill Medication Reminders is Boston based medical device company. Since 1999 e-pill timers, alarm watches, pill boxes with alarms and pill dispensers have helped patients around the world remember to take medications on time (improve medication adherence / patient compliance).