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Heikki Viika Named New CEO of Powernet

Heikki Viika joins Powernet as the new CEO, as Berndt Schalin reaches retirement age. Mr Viika brings vast experience from an international career at Bombardier, as well as from the power supply industry.

Powernet’s development and focus the few last years has centred significantly around the rail industry and working in partnership with major customers to solve their power supply needs.

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Heikki Viika (right) new CEO in Powernet, Berndt Schalin (left) “passes the torch”

Mr Viika’s Background

Heikki holds M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology and has done business studies in Helsinki School of Business Economics and IMD/Lausanne. He is experienced in international senior management, having held positions at Bombardier heading global Engineering, Marketing, Strategy, Sales, and Quality&Safety, as well as general management roles as Regional GM for Asia Pacific, and Head of BU London Underground. Subsequently he held the position of President and CEO in another power supply company. Heikki’s background supports Powernet in developing competencies in system integration and the rail industry, thus helping to solve the customer’s needs.

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Heikki Viika, CEO of Powernet Oy, commented:

“I am delighted to be working with Powernet, this role allows me to use my extensive experience to help moving this great company forward on their strategic path of working in partnership with customers in industry and rail. I would like to thank Berndt for the great reception in Powernet and his help in getting acquainted with the company. He has done a great job bringing the company to a stable forward oriented position.”

Powernet’s Rail Approved Solutions

Powernet is a trusted supplier of demanding power conversion solutions for transportation and industrial applications. Since 1992 we have produced hundreds of different power supplies for harsh conditions. Powernet is experienced in engaging our customers in customer specific products based on proven platforms designs and in addition has an extensive portfolio of standard power supplies to offer. Powernet’s rail approved solutions are certified according to relevant rail norms EN50155, including safety and fire approvals.

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Further Information:

Harry Lilja, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Powernet Oy:

Tel.: +358 10 2890 703
E-mail: [email protected]

Heikki Viika, CEO, Powernet Oy:

Tel.: +358 40 5173 114
E-mail: [email protected]

Original article © Powernet.


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