“We started the 'new Lindgens' in 2005 through a management buy-out, and since then it’s been a busy time – putting two quite different businesses together, moving around production, making an acquisition in Turkey, not to mention opening an office in Russia and launching our products in North America," said current CEO Jan Koivula, who will be moving to the role of board chairman. "By the end of 2008, we will have also grown sales by close to 50 percent, which is a great endorsement from our customers that our products and services meet an industry need.
“We're now entering phase two, with further improvements to come in production and product development to further strengthen our business for the years head," Mr. Koivula added. "We feel very satisfied in presenting Andrew Garner as the new CEO to lead the company through this next phase.”
“I’m excited with what I find at Lindgens," Mr. Garner said. We’re going from strength-to-strength across all our markets with our range of system solutions. Moving forward, we will be fine-tuning our commercial approach as well as enhancing our operational and supply chain capabilities. Lindgens has developed rapidly since the time of the MBO; my ambition is to build on the foundations created by Jan and the management team and lead the business further in its quest of becoming the supplier of first choice in this industry."
Prior to joining Lindgens, Mr. Garner has worked across a wide range of industries as a manager and business improvement consultant. His career includes time as a senior manager with the General Electric Company (GE) and as a consultant with
McKinsey & Company. Mr. Garner has a strong entrepreneurial background, having founded and built several successful companies in diverse industries. He has a bachelor's degree and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering.
As board chairman, Mr. Koivula will continue to support Lindgens commercial activities and lead key customer relationships.