Avant Tecno Announces Changes in Operational Management

Published: 21/12, 2021

Avant Tecno marked its 30th anniversary on a bittersweet note, with Risto Käkelä stepping down as the company’s CEO. He will continue as Chairman of the Board for Avant Tecno and its Leguan Lifts subsidiary, posts he has held since the two companies were founded.

“The company is now in excellent condition and growing strong,” Käkelä says. “During the last 30 years, our sales have 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.

Käkelä adds that Avant Tecno’s next generation will bring new ideas to sustain the company’s growth. “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,” he says. “This has supported our operations until now and for sure we will continue on the same path also in the future.”

Jani Käkelä, who has been the Sales and Marketing Director of the company for the last 11 years, has been nominated as the new CEO. Jani Käkelä has been involved in the company’s operations practically since he was a child.

“Continuing the family business has been self-evident for me for a long time,” he says. “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”, Käkelä tells.

Jukka Kytömäki has been nominated to take Jani Käkelä’s place as Sales and Marketing. He has been with the company for the last 10 years, previously serving as the President of Avant Tecno USA. Kytömäki knows the operating environment and the products of Avant very well and transfers to his new position with enthusiasm. Leguan Lifts’ Managing Director Antti Otava has retired as well, the company with strong international growth to his successor Esa Vuorela. Vuorela has a long experience from different development and management positions in industrial companies.


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