The CMG Team

The management group, ensuring everything runs smoothly and professional – including contact with the clients, clubs and partners. The strategy work, how we organize, our marketing and communication. Basically everything that you can see and experience for yourself.

maria karlsson de cecco

ceo & client manager

Maria is CEO with main responsibility for all areas. She does also work as client manager with close relations to both players and clubs. Maria has a bachelor degree in sport science and has been a professional football player in four different countries. Based in Sweden and Italy.

+46 70-033 81 34

Lisa Ek

Client Manager

Lisa is a client manager based in Italy and Sweden. She works very close to both players and clubs. Lisa has a background as a professional football player and a national team ice hockey player. She holds an UEFA A coaching license and a sport management bachelor degree.

+46 70-824 64 42

Malin Levenstad

Client Manager

Malin has a long background as professional football player with over 300 games in Damallsvenskan. Malin has experience from the different national team as well. She retired 2020. The last four years she has worked as a coach at the highest level. She’s in the middle of her FIFA PRO education right now.

+46 73 971 42 98

Carola Söberg

Head of Marketing

Carola is responsible of overseeing the marketing and communications strategies, as well as the overall branding for both CMG and the clients. She is a former Swedish National team goalkeeper with seventeen years on the top level. She has a UEFA-A coaches license and runs her own business.

+46 738-11 16 20


Client Relations Manager

Danijela works as a client relations manager and helps out with everything outside the football field. As a former hockey player, three times Olympian and seven World Championships she knows the life of our clients. She supports them with everything they need and more.

+46 73-729 24 91

Kari Kuikka

Scout Finland

Kari is responsible of scouting in Finland. He is also an ex-player, currently the star of the Finnish veteran leagues. Kari has MSc from Umeå University and he also works in big Nordic confectionery company. He loves the sport and it is not uncommon to see Kari in the stands all over the world.

+358 50 537 17 55

Svata Macek

Scout East & Central Europe

Svata is from Czech Republic and is responsible for East/Central Europe region within CMG. He has been working as a coach in the Women's game since 2012 and he has the experience of what is needed to be done and overcome on the long way to grow up from a kid to be a professional player.

+420 605 829 205

The Board
& Economy

Beyond the management group, you can find the board and owners of CMG. This is where the foundation is set, the economics are secured and where we make sure the vision for the company is followed through in the best possible way.

Ingvar "Putte" Carlsson

Chairman & Founder

”Putte” is one of the founders of CMG. With a history in both football and ice hockey and with positions like general manager, head coach, sport manager and national team coach, he is one of the most prominent people in the Swedish sports arena and plays a significant part of CMG, both history, present and future.

Sabine Söndergaard

Board member

Sabine is a swedish lawyer and board professional with a long experience within the legal field of sports. She was cofounder of the sports law department at one of the biggest law firms in Sweden and chairman of the board of the swedish premieur league club BK Häcken (Gothia Cup). She has also been part of different committees within the Swedish Football Association.


Carina Brorman

Board Member

Carina has a long-standing background from both the cultural sector and the business community. She has been deputy CEO of Malmö Opera, head of SVT Syd, communications director for E.ON Nordic and Saab Group and board member of Malmö FF. Today, she is an independent consultant and board professional with assignments such as senior advisor at Prime Weber Shandwick, chair of STIM and board member of the Swedish Film Institute and Dramaten (2008-2016).

Isabella Bengtsson

Board Member

Isabella is a medical doctor and a former handball player, having represented Skuru in Elitserien and Sweden in youth and junior national teams. She is our youngest board member and brings the perspective of being a young woman, both in sports and society.

Fredrik Lemmel

Board Member

After 25 years of legal experience in startup companies with entrepreneurs, Fredrik is now one himself. He’s devoted to make things better, more efficient and create value regardless if the company operate a submarine, run private High schools or provide advanced financial services.

maria karlsson de cecco

ceo, client manager & Board Member

Maria is CEO with main responsibility for all areas. She does also work as client manager with close relations to both players and clubs. Maria has a bachelor degree in sport science and has been a professional football player in four different countries. Based in Sweden, Italy and Russia.

Hasse Arkinger

Economics & Founder

Hasse has a background as finance manager in primarily construction companies for many years. He is one of the founders and has been active within CMG for many years, first as chairman of the board and now as responsible for CMG’s accounts.

Åsa Arkinger


Åsa has been working with accounting for several years. She is responsible for CMG’s invoicing in collaboration with the company’s CEO. Outside of work she has a great interest in their dogs and horses in the family.