Konecranes to Undergo Major Changes


The Board of Directors of Konecranes have appointed new members of the Group Executive Board (GXB) subject to the closing of Konecranes’ pending acquisition of Terex Corporation’s MHPS business (MHPS Acquisition) and have also decided to split the Strategy and Technology function of the group into two parts.

Juha Pankakoski, who spoke at the 2016 PTI Terminal Automation & Training C-Level Networking Conference, will assume responsibility for the group’s Technology function in addition to his duties as the Chief Digital Officer and will continue as a member of the GXB as Executive Vice President, Technologies.

Changes to how Konecranes reports its business is also expected as of January 1 next year as it will cover three business areas instead of two, adding Port Solutions, keeping Service, and recategorising Equipment to Industrial Equipment.

Konecranes and Terex are not allowed to close the MHPS Acquisition until the European Commission has approved the buyer of the STAHL CraneSystems business in early 2017 as planned.

As of the closing of the MHPS Acquisition, Susanna Schneeberger will be appointed as Executive Vice President, Strategy. Further changes include:

  • Fabio Fiorino will continue in his current position as Executive Vice President, Business Area Service and as a member of the GXB
  • Mikko Uhari will continue as a member of the GXB as Executive Vice President, Business Area Industrial Equipment
  • Mika Mahlberg has been appointed as Executive Vice President, Business Area Port Solutions, and as a member of the Konecranes GXB.

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Mika Mahlberg has been employed by Konecranes since 1997 and is currently holding the position of Senior Vice President, Business Unit Port Cranes. He has been heading the Business Unit Port Cranes since 2008. Prior to that, he held various managerial positions within Konecranes’ port cranes business.

Susanna Schneeberger is currently leading the global Terex Material Handling business and is Managing Director of Terex MHPS Germany GmbH. Between 2007 and 2015, she led sales and marketing for Trelleborg’s Industrial Solutions business area and group’s strategic business development.

Prior to Trelleborg, she had managerial strategy, business development and commercial roles within several companies operating in IT and publishing sectors.

As of the closing of the MHPS Acquisition, the Konecranes GXB will consist of the following members:

  • Panu Routila, President and CEO
  • Teo Ottola, CFO and Deputy CEO
  • Fabio Fiorino, Executive Vice President, Business Area Service
  • Mikko Uhari, Executive Vice President, Business Area Industrial Equipment
  • Mika Mahlberg, Executive Vice President, Business Area Port Solutions
  • Juha Pankakoski, Executive Vice President, Technologies
  • Susanna Schneeberger, Executive Vice President, Strategy
  • Timo Leskinen, Senior Vice President, Human Resources
  • Sirpa Poitsalo, Senior Vice President, General Counsel

Konecranes and Terex continue to be fully committed to the MHPS Acquisition and are working closely with the competition authorities in the remaining jurisdictions to obtain regulatory approvals allowing completion of the MHPS Acquisition.

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