Huddig - the Swedish loader backhoe, tractor mounted platform and crane manufacturer - has named a new chief executive, Håkan Bäckström.
Bäckström will take over from Lars Lindahl by the end of the year. Lindhal has been in the job for almost 20 years, having joined from Cat in 2004. He will remain on the Huddig board.
Bäckström joins the company from Hexatronic Cables & Interconnect Systems, where he has been chief executive for the past six years, having joined the company as director of sales and marketing at the end of 2013. He began his career in 1994 as marketing manager of digital newspapers at Teracom, leaving to become a trainee and product specialist at Volvo construction the following year. Two years later he moved to Ericsson where as a key account manager, becoming sales and marketing manager for fibre optic networks after five and a half years. In mid-2004 he was recruited as sales & marketing manager for bioenergy company Neova, only to return to Ericsson as sourcing manager two years later. A couple of years later he was promoted to head Ericsson’s cable plant in Hudiksvall, moving to Hexatronic after five years in the role.
Huddig chairman Jan Wallberg said: “Lars Lindahl has played an important role in developing Huddig's business until today. Huddig is now facing further export investments and an increased focus on the green transition. The incoming CEO brings valuable expertise from previous positions. Håkan Bäckström will be important in our future development and international growth journey. His experience from similar initiatives in other industries will be beneficial for Huddig.”
Bäckström added: “I am passionate about Huddig's products and want to continue to drive development together with customers and partners. It feels very inspiring to join the company in a phase where we will intensify our market presence and continue to establish Huddig internationally.
Lindahl said: “It has been 20 intense and exciting years in this fantastic company. Now the timing is perfect for handing over the CEO role to Håkan Bäckström. I look forward to following his work with the company from the boardroom.”