Avant Tecno Oy announces changes to operational management

Published 24/11 at 16:42

The 30th fiscal year of Avant Tecno Oy ended on the 30 September 2021. At the same time the company announced a change of generation to run the company, which has been prepared by the family business for several years, and which will be implemented when the founder and long term CEO, Risto Käkelä, steps down. He will continue as chairman of the board for Avant Tecno Oy and Leguan Lifts Oy, posts he has held since founding of the two companies.

“The company is now in excellent condition and growing strong. During the last 30 years our turnover has fallen only once compared to the previous fiscal year, and not once we have made a loss. All in all, we could say that it’s easy to continue from this. The new generation will certainly bring a lot of new ideas and thoughts and I’m confident that the growth rate will accelerate further. However, it needs to be remembered that it’s   about the state of mind when it comes to success: the urge to be the best. This has supported our operations until now and for sure we will continue on the same path also in the future,” commented Risto Käkelä. 

Jani Käkelä, who has been the sales and marketing director of the company for the last 11years has been nominated as the new CEO. He has been involved in the company’s operations practically since he was a child.  He says, “Continuing the family business has been self-evident for me for a long time. During the history I have participated a lot in the company’s operations and gradually gotten more responsibilities when growing up. At the moment we have a clear growth strategy and we have already done a lot to secure our excellent competitiveness. The future steps are clear and our operation will be continued with decisiveness.” 

As replacement for Jani Käkelä, Jukka Kytömäki has been nominated as the new sales and marketing director of Avant Tecno Oy. He has been with the company for the last 10years, previously serving as the president of Avant Tecno USA. Jukka knows the operating environment and the products very well and transfers to his new position with enthusiasm. Also, the managing director of Leguan Lifts Oy, which is a subsidiary of Avant Tecno Oy, is set to change when the long term post holder Antti Otava retires on the 30 September 2021. Otava leaves the company with strong international growth to his successor Esa Vuorela, M.Sc. (Eng.) who has extensive experience in different development and management positions in industrial companies.

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