Same, but different
Beneq gets a new President, Sampo continues as Chairman
Earlier today it was announced that Beneq will get a new President starting January 1st. You can check the facts from the official news release.
This is a big change for Beneq and all of us. Sampo has been the CEO since Beneq was founded ten years ago. As one of the founders and the first and only CEO of Beneq so far Sampo has played a crucial role in what Beneq has become. In many ways, he is the face of Beneq to the outside world.
But ten years is a long time. Even in the best of jobs the pace at which you can come up with new ideas slows down over the years. In Sampo’s own words: When you look at the mirror and you can’t be sure anymore if a new idea has already been tried in the company, it is time to shuffle the responsibilities.
While we are sad to see Sampo leave his position and believe that Beneq will not be the same without him as the CEO (which is in a way the whole point of the change), we understand his decision very well. It is great that he will continue as the Chairman and support Jukka and us all. It will be nice to have Sampo around with his extensive experience and knowledge of the company, even if he will not be participating in the day-to-day operations. We are very happy about that.
Jukka has been with us a year as the VP of Sales, and with his customer-driven attitude and the long experience of hands-on leading international technology businesses has quickly become one of the key people in our team. As a true believer in Beneq’s mission, he is exactly the kind of person Beneq needs as the President when we are building the future Beneq. We are very happy about that too.
A new year, a new and improved Beneq
Changes for the New Year don’t end there. In addition, our board has decided to merge Beneq’s fully-owned subsidiary Beneq Products Oy with the mother company. This will simplify the company structure and goes well with the idea of one factory for all our ALD-based work at the home of ALD.
So next year, we will have a new President and new Chairman, the same old Jukka, the same old Sampo, leading the same old Beneq on its way to become something new again. We will have the same Beneq, the same 30 years of ALD and display experience, and the same commitment to improving the world layer by layer.
But we will also have a new Beneq and a great opportunity to change things, accelerate Beneq’s growth and provide even better solutions for a thinner world. We are all really enthusiastic about this.
Same Beneq. New Beneq. One Beneq. Bring on the New Year. We are ready.