The 26th BSPC unanimously appointed Mr Jörgen Pettersson, Member of the Åland Lagtinget, as President of the BSPC 2017-2018.
Jörgen Pettersson studied economy at Ålands handelsläroverk in the Åland Islands. He is also a journalist and previous deputy editor at a local newspaper, Ålandstidningen. In 2011 Mr. Pettersson left the news industry and joined the Centre Party and was elected to the Åland Parliament where he served as chairman for the Committee of finance, business and agriculture. He was reelected in 2015 and became the same autumn chairman of the Centreparty of Åland. Besides that Mr Pettersson is the chairman of Mariehamns Elnät Ab, a local electricity company, and publisher of Ålands Sjöfart, a shipping magazine. Jörgen Pettersson has long experience of international cooperation; since 2009 he is the chairman of the International Island Games Association.