We recently announced the appointment of Jukka Mannerkoski as our VP of Operations & Sourcing. Jukka will be leading the sourcing, operations and production quality of our finger sensing and haptic touch technology.
A veteran of sourcing and supply chain in technology, Jukka previously worked for Nokia, heading chipset sourcing for the mobile phone company in the run up to its acquisition by Microsoft in 2013. Jukka made the transition to Microsoft, ultimately holding the position of Head of Phones Sourcing & Cost Management. Having spent the last five years in senior procurement roles in the construction industry, he now returns to his original industry specialism in technology.
Jukka shares: “This role appealed to me for two reasons: first, the opportunity to work with a company that has such a clear and relatable proposition, and second the company’s ambitious plans for growth in the haptic touch market. Working as part of a small but agile team gives me the opportunity to contribute to what I believe will be a huge success story in the future.”
Jukka will be responsible for securing a reliable supply of the component parts of our haptic products, while optimising our relationship with suppliers, manufacturing partners and other third parties to deliver a smooth and responsive supply chain. He is also responsible for manufacturing quality.
CEO of Aito, Nedko Ivanov comments: “Jukka has vast experience in sourcing components and materials for technology companies, but his real value to the business comes from his ability to create the right processes and procedures that deliver trusted and reliable supply partnerships. His extensive experience and expertise in creating and managing global technology supply chains will be invaluable to our business as we rapidly grow in the haptic market.”
Jukka joins us shortly after our largest fundraise to date, raising €4 million, and following the development of our integrated finger sensing and haptic touch technology for consumer technology products.
Jukka continues: “My role will be to help the business realise its long-term value by creating and managing a reliable and trusted supply chain that delivers rock solid products people trust. I look forward to working as part of a tight knit team to implement innovative ideas that help create new and engaging haptics experiences for consumer technology brands.”
Our solution is the slimmest and most versatile solution on the market, offering unlimited design potential across a range of materials, applications and product designs. We are helping consumer electronics manufacturers deliver a key differentiator in increasingly crowded and cost sensitive markets, such as laptops and computer accessories.