Swedish based mast climber and hoist manufacturer and industrial access group Alimak has appointed Ole Kristian Jødahl as group chief executive. He takes over in June from Tormod Gunleiksrud who, as already announced, will leave the company after eight years in the role - see: Alimak seeks new CEO.
Jødahl will join the company from hand tool manufacturer Hultafors where he has been chief executive since 2017. He started out as an instructor with the Norwegian Army, leaving in 1994 to enrol in a four year business management course at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH). On graduating he was appointed as controller at the Norwegian division of bearing manufacturing group SKF.
Over the next 17 years he moved up through the ranks of the SKF group with regular promotions to increasingly senior roles, with a focus on the group's service division, before being appointed as head of the drives/transmission business unit in 2012. In 2015 he became director of industrial sales and marketing for the group, leaving in 2016 to join Hultafors.