Stefan Persson was born on 4 October 1947. He is the son of Erling Persson, founder of H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB.
Stefan Persson was the managing director at H&M from 1982 to 1998 - a period of rapid growth. In 1998 he was made executive chairman of the board.
"Companies are part of society and therefore companies must take an interest in social matters and take on social responsibility. Today's companies often serve as social models and are, furthermore, moulders of public opinion.
A problem in today's society is the growing use of drugs. We therefore feel that it is important to support Mentor's preventive work against drugs."