Coptersafety appointed Erkka Suvikumpu as new Chief Executive Officer

Helicopter training service provider Coptersafety has announced a new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Erkka Suvikumpu follows the company’s interim CEO Mr. Christer Niemi. 

HELSINKI, FINLAND – Coptersafety has today 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. 

Additional information and press images: 

Erkka Suvikumpu, CEO (starting from 13th May), Coptersafety Ltd., tel. +358 44 556 6529, erkka.suvikumpu@coptersafety.com 

Antti Keränen, Chairman of the Board, Coptersafety Ltd.; Investment Director, Sentica Partners Oy; tel. + 358 40 717 3789, antti.keranen@sentica.fi

About Coptersafety

Coptersafety is an independent helicopter pilot training provider for commercial, government and private organizations. The company provides simulator training for helicopter pilots around the world at its training facility next to Helsinki Airport. Coptersafety has taken the initiative to genuinely improve pilot training to ensure the safety performance of the operators. For more information visit: www.coptersafety.com 

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