Coptersafety has announced the appointment of Erkka Suvikumpu as Chief Executive Officer. He comes from the position as CEO and Co-owner of Safera Oy, a pioneer in smart home sensor and fire prevention solutions. Suvikumpu will take up his new position on 13th May.
“Erkka has a broad understanding of the aviation industry and a strong knowledge of developing digital businesses. He has proven experience in leading people and larger organizations, and also managing complex entities. Erkka’s latest track record in leading a significant transformation at Safera demonstrates his leadership skills. I am confident his solid international business-to-business background will help in growing Coptersafety’s operations,“ said Mr. Antti Keränen, Chairman of Coptersafety.
“Coptersafety is a remarkable company. They have a totally unique approach to improving the safety culture in the rotor industry. I am really proud of joining a team like this, fostering a mission with such vital importance, literally,” said Erkka Suvikumpu.
Suvikumpu (48) has been the CEO of Safera since 2017 and has worked more than 10 years in various business development and new venture related VP level positions for Finnish airline Finnair Plc. The last position he held was Vice President, Business Development & Quality, Technical Division.
Suvikumpu has a degree from Aalto University School of Business in Helsinki, Finland.
Suvikumpu will follow Christer Niemi who has worked in the role of Coptersafety’s interim CEO since December 2018.
“I would like to thank Christer for his important contribution in the phase of Coptersafety’s management transition. During his time, the company has managed to put critical operations in order and to prioritize issues that are vital for Coptersafety’s growth. Now we are ready to take the next step,” said Antti Keränen.
Coptersafety’s revenue in 2018 was 9,4 million euros (5,7 million euros in 2017). This year, 2019, the company is seeking over 30 % growth. Coptersafety is planning to take their next full-flight simulator, an Airbus H125 Level D FFS, into operation later this year.