KONE Corporation, stock exchange release, August 30, 2013 at 9.30 EET
Tomio Pihkala (38) has been appointed Executive Vice President responsible for
installation, quality and safety globally as of September 1st, 2013. In this
newly established position Tomio Pihkala will be a member of the Executive Board
and report to Matti Alahuhta, President and CEO, KONE Corporation.
Tomio Pihkala has worked for KONE since 2001, first managing the Toshiba
alliance development in Japan, then in KONE Technology and Research &
Development Center in Hyvinkää Finland. During 2007-2010 he was contributing to
the strong growth in the KONE business in China first as Director for Product
Strategy and Marketing and later as Director for the Service Business. Since the
beginning of 2011 he has been leading KONE's largest Research and Development
Center in Hyvinkää, Finland. Tomio Pihkala has a Master of Science degree in
"Combining installation, quality and safety gives us even better possibilities
to actively develop our operations. Tomio's strong technological competence and
his wide experience in KONE business both globally and in the Asian markets are
an excellent background for the job", says Matti Alahuhta.
For further information, please contact:
Anne Korkiakoski, EVP, Marketing & Communications, KONE Corporation, tel.
+358 204 75 4775.
Kerttu Tuomas, EVP, Human Resources, KONE Corporation, tel. +358 204 75 4373
KONE is one of the global leaders in the elevator and escalator industry. The
company has been committed to understanding the needs of its customers for the
past century, providing industry-leading elevators, escalators and automatic
building doors as well as innovative solutions for modernization and
maintenance. The company's objective is to offer the best People Flow®
experience by developing and delivering solutions that enable people to move
smoothly, safely, comfortably and without waiting in buildings in an
increasingly urbanizing environment. In 2012, KONE had annual net sales of EUR
6.3 billion and around 40,000 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the
NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd in Finland.