Aarikka Oy’s CEO resigns
Anu Vauhkonen, CEO of the Finnish design company Aarikka Oy, will leave her post by the end of February 2018.
Anu Vauhkonen, CEO of Aarikka Oy since 2016, has announced her resignation from the company. She is leaving her post at her own request.
In recent years, Aarikka has had a focused strategy to clarify its brand, increase its turnover, improve its profitability and digitalise the company’s processes. The company’s economy now stands on solid ground. This year, the turnover will increase by around 25% from last year, and the company’s result will be clearly positive.
“Aarikka is a unique and fine company. I am grateful to have been part of building this iconic Finnish brand. I feel that I have accomplished the change I came to make at Aarikka. The change in the company’s direction has been major to the entire personnel, whom I’d like to thank for taking Aarikka onto a new track together. Now is the right time to leave the strategic development of the company into an even stronger business to the new owners,” says Anu Vauhkonen.
Aarikka Oy’s capital stock was sold in April 2017 to Martinex Oy, a Finnish family-owned company producing gift and household items, toys, games and textiles.
“As the chair of the board, I thank Anu Vauhkonen for her work as the CEO of Aarikka and wish her all the best in the future,” says Martinex Oy’s CEO, Riia Sandström.
Founded in 1954, Aarikka Oy is a design company that manufactures home and jewellery products. The company’s turnover is two million euros and it has a dozen direct employees. Aarikka is the subsidiary of Martinex Oy. Aarikka products are handmade, either by home-based employees or at centres promoting social inclusion and employment. The products carry the Key Flag symbol and the Design from Finland symbol, granted by the Association for Finnish Work to products made in Finland.