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Moventas welcomes new management team members

Moventas, one of the world’s leading gear manufacturers, has made two new appointments in its global management team. Mika Nieminen has been appointed to run the company’s operations globally, and the long-term head of Moventas’ German company, Gerwin Klaner, has been appointed to lead the Industrial Gears business area.

Mika Nieminen joins Moventas as Senior Vice President of Operations from Metso, where he has held a similar position, most recently in the Crushing and Screening Equipment business line. Nieminen will be in charge of Moventas’ global production and procurement operations, as well as the strategic investments and development of production.  Moventas’ production sites in Finland, Germany, United States and China report to Nieminen.
- I am very excited about the opportunity to join Moventas professional power transmission team. I am looking forward to helping Moventas develop the operations further in the global environment and support our customers to succeed, Nieminen comments.

Gerwin Klaner is appointed Senior Vice President of the Industrial Gears business area. He has been in charge of Moventas’ German company for over ten years and has been a part of the Industrial Gears business area management team. Moventas has an industrial gear manufacturing facility in Wuppertal, which is also the main service center for Moventas’ European customers.

- I am very pleased to be nominated to lead Industrial Gears. Together with my team, we will strongly focus on developing the business into a solid, constantly growing and profitable part of Moventas. Keeping our fiber & paper expertise strong, expanding our minerals offering and finding one new business segment are our priorities. Customer satisfaction and customer orientation will be very important to us also in the future, Klaner states.

Ahti Ahonen , who has led both Moventas’ Operations and the Industrial Gears business area since last winter, will retire at the end of the year. With 37 years of experience with Moventas and its predecessors, Ahonen will complete the company’s significant production reorganization project that centralizes the company’s Finnish manufacturing operations to Jyväskylä.

The appointments of Klaner and Nieminen will come to effect on 1 October, 2012. After this, Moventas’ global management team is formed, in addition to Klaner and Nieminen, by President & CEO Mikael Laine , Senior Vice President of Human Resources Maarit Herranen , Chief Financial Officer Veli Kronqvist , Senior Vice President of Wind Gears Arto Lahtela and Senior Vice President of Service Olli Välimäki . Ahti Ahonen continues as part of the management team until year-end.

Mikael Laine
Moventas Gears Oy

About Moventas

Moventas is a wind gearbox technology expert and service provider. Moventas’ technology strives for lowering the cost of energy across the lifecycle of wind energy generation, from superior gearbox design and manufacture to extensive multi-brand service for 20 different turbine brands' gearboxes globally.