Ostnor is taking additional steps to strengthen its position as the market leader in the Nordic region and has appointed Aki Helminen as the new President of its Finnish operations. Aki Helminen has solid experience of conducting sales of consumer goods through retailer networks, primarily from the Whirlpool Group.
Ostnor acquired Damixa in May 2014 as a supplement to the company’s FM Mattsson and Mora Armatur brands. In August 2015, Ostnor announced that the company was to take over sales responsibility for Damixa from the previous distributor in Finland, thus gathering all of the brands in the same organization. Aki Helminen will take office as the President of Ostnor Finland on October 1, 2015.
“Aki Helminen is a leader with a clear focus on sales and results. His approach to and experience from sales of consumer goods via retailer networks will add valuable expertise to the operations. We believe that he is the right person to develop our Finnish operations in terms of both sales and profitability, while also integrating Damixa with our Finnish subsidiary,” says Claes Seldeby, President and CEO of Ostnor.
Aki Helminen has held various senior positions at Whirlpool for many years, including Country Manager and the Head of Marketing and Sales for Norway and Finland. Prior to that, he worked with sales at Coca Cola.
“It will be very exciting to lead the Finnish team and contribute to Ostnor’s journey forward. It is a company with a long history, a strong market position in the Nordic region and significant development potential in Finland. I have extensive experience from working with sales and brand development, and I look forward to building a successful partnership with Ostnor’s customers in Finland based on the company’s three strong brands,” says Aki Helminen, incoming President of Ostnor Finland.
For further information, please contact:
Claes Seldeby, President and CEO, Ostnor AB, +46 (0)70 631 6405
Ostnor conducts the sale, manufacture and product development of water taps under the strong, well-established brands of FM Mattsson, Mora Armatur and Damixa. The Nordic countries are the main market. The Group generates turnover of more than SEK 1 billion and has more than 550 employees.