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Cargotec and Konecranes announce planned high-level operating model and leadership team for the Future Company

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Cargotec and Konecranes announce planned high-level operating model and leadership team for the Future Company

As announced earlier, Cargotec and Konecranes will merge to create a global leader in sustainable material flow. The merger is expected to take place by the end of H1/2022, and Cargotec and Konecranes today announce the planned high-level operating model and leadership team of the Future Company.

“The planned high-level operating model of the Future Company is the result of months of integration planning work and the benchmarking of best practices across various industries, and the selection of the planned leadership team is the result of a rigorous selection process. Today marks a major step forward on the road to creating a global leader in sustainable material flow, and I’m confident we will have the right leaders to unlock that potential,” said selected Future Company President and CEO Mika Vehviläinen.                

The Future Company aims to be a customer-centric organization of top global talent. The Future Company’s designed high-level operating model would be a customer-centric model as the planned four independent businesses would each serve one clear customer segment: industrial, maritime, ports and roads. This would ensure decision-making close to the customer by fully empowered, agile businesses.

After the completion of the merger, the Future Company is planned to consist of the following businesses, with their leaders being members of the Future Company leadership team and reporting to the Future Company President and CEO Mika Vehviläinen. The naming and branding of the planned businesses is part of the integration planning work and is currently ongoing.

Industrial business

The Future Company plans to combine Konecranes’ Service and Industrial Equipment Business Areas to strengthen the position as a global lifting leader. This would leverage service and equipment offerings and customer excellence to unlock sales opportunities throughout the lifecycle for industrial customers and support the extended lifetime of sustainable lifting products. This business would be led by Fabio Fiorino, currently Executive Vice President, Business Area Service at Konecranes.

Maritime business

Cargotec’s current MacGregor business would continue to serve shipbuilders, shipowners and operators with a strong portfolio of products, services and solutions. As part of a larger group, the business would benefit in areas including sustainability, procurement and digital. This business would be led by Leif Byström, currently President, MacGregor at Cargotec. 

Ports business

The Future Company plans to create a new business by combining Cargotec’s Kalmar and Konecranes’ Port Solutions to be a true lifecycle partner for port and terminal customers, capturing technology, innovation and scale benefits to deliver end-to-end material handling solutions including equipment, software and services. This business would be led by Michel van Roozendaal, currently President, Kalmar Mobile Solutions at Cargotec.

Roads business

Cargotec’s current Hiab business would continue as a world’s leading provider of on-road load handling equipment, intelligent services and smart and connected solutions. In the Future Company, the business would also benefit in areas including sustainability, procurement and digital. This business would be led by Scott Phillips, currently President, Hiab at Cargotec.

Future Company Group operations would focus on selected areas that drive value-creating collaboration across the businesses, along with the various activities of publicly listed company. The planned scope of the functions would be the following, with the selected leadership team members planned to report to the Future Company CEO:

Finance would be responsible for e.g. Future Company group level accounting and financial reporting, treasury, tax, internal audit and investor relations. Finance would be led by CFO Teo Ottola, currently CFO at Konecranes.

HR would leverage the Future Company’s global talent, setting policies and processes and supporting businesses in areas such as leadership, people and talent management, diversity and inclusion and employee experience. HR would be led by Mikko Pelkonen, currently Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Cargotec.

Technology would drive sustainability and Future Company group efforts in e.g. advanced research, innovation, group IT and digital. Technology would be led by Juha Pankakoski, currently Executive Vice President, Technologies at Konecranes.

Integration would drive and coordinate integration execution and procurement program. Integration would be led by Topi Tiitola, currently Senior Vice President, Integration and Project Management Office at Konecranes.

Strategy and M&A would chart the corporate strategy and direction for the Future Company. Head of Strategy and M&A will be selected later.

Legal and Compliance would be responsible for corporate governance, legal and compliance across the businesses, and other legal topics. Legal and Compliance would be led by Outi Aaltonen, currently Senior Vice President, General Counsel at Cargotec.

Public Affairs and Communications would take responsibility for Future Company corporate relations, the Future Company brand, and group communications activities. Head of Public Affairs and Communications will be selected later.

The planned leadership for the Future Company has been confirmed by both companies’ Boards of Directors.

The planned leadership team would only become effective as of the completion of the merger, which is currently expected to take place by the end of H1/2022. Plans related to the high-level operating model including businesses and business units (including but not limited to the plans to combine two business areas in industrial area and to combine the existing port businesses to create a new business in ports area), group operations, functions, future organization structure and further selections are subject to separate decision-making as well as to various local legal requirements. Until all merger closing conditions are met and the merger is completed, both Cargotec and Konecranes will operate fully separately and independently, and the current Cargotec Leadership Team members continue to be fully in charge of their current areas of responsibility.

Thus, until the completion of the merger, Cargotec Leadership Team will consist of its current members:

Mika Vehviläinen, CEO 
Mikko Puolakka, Executive Vice President, CFO
Mikko Pelkonen, Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Mikael Laine, Senior Vice President, Strategy 
Soili Mäkinen, CIO 
Outi Aaltonen, Senior Vice President, General Counsel
Carina Geber-Teir, Senior Vice President, Communications
Antti Kaunonen, President, Kalmar Automation Solutions 
Michel van Roozendaal, President, Kalmar Mobile Solutions 
Scott Phillips, President, Hiab
Leif Byström, President, MacGregor


For further information, please contact:
Carina Geber-Teir, SVP Communications, carina.geber-teir(a), tel. +358 40 5024 697
Aki Vesikallio, Director, Investor Relations, aki.vesikallio(a), tel. +358 40 729 1670

The Merger and the merger consideration securities have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”), and may not be offered, sold or delivered within or into the United States, except pursuant to an applicable exemption of, or in a transaction not subject to, the Securities Act.

The information in this release is not directed to, or intended for distribution to or use by, any person or entity that is a citizen or resident of, or located in, the United States or any other locality, state, country or other jurisdiction where such distribution or use would be contrary to law or regulation or which would require any registration or licensing within such jurisdiction and it does not constitute an offer of or an invitation by or on behalf of, Cargotec, or any other person, to purchase or sell any securities.

The information in this release contains forward-looking statements, which are information on Cargotec’s current expectations and projections relating to its financial condition, results of operations, plans, objectives, future performance and business. These statements may include, without limitation, any statements preceded by, followed by or including words such as “target,” “believe,” “expect,” “aim,” “intend,” “may,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “plan,” “project,” “will,” “can have,” “likely,” “should,” “would,” “could” and other words and terms of similar meaning or the negative thereof. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors beyond Cargotec’s control that could cause Cargotec’s actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from the expected results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are based on numerous assumptions regarding Cargotec’s present and future business strategies and the environment in which it will operate in the future.

Cargotec (Nasdaq Helsinki: CGCBV) enables smarter cargo flow for a better everyday with its leading cargo handling solutions and services. Cargotec's business areas Kalmar, Hiab and MacGregor are pioneers in their fields. Through their unique position in ports, at sea and on roads, they optimise global cargo flows and create sustainable customer value. Cargotec has signed United Nations Global Compact Business Ambition for 1.5°C. The company's sales in 2020 totalled approximately EUR 3.3 billion and it employs around 11,000 people.