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New MD for ABB in Australia

Industrial technology firm ABB has appointed a new managing director for its Australian business.

ABB has announced Tauna Heinola will become managing director of ABB in Australia from October 1, 2016.

He will replace Axel Kuhr, who is moving to be managing director of the ABB’s Japanese business.

Quite the globetrotter, Heinola is moving on from being managing director of ABB Finland, a role he has held since 2011. He jointed ABB in 1983 as a sales engineer in the company’s drives business, where he later worked as the unit’s export manager.

Heinola moved to ABB’s Canadian drives business in 1990, then founded ABB Beijing Drive Systems Co. Ltd. in 1994, before being put in charge of the ABB drives business in Finland in 1998.

He moved back to China to lead the drives business there in 2003, before heading back to Finland in 2011.

Heinola has a Master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology.

“I would like to thank Tauno and Axel for their tremendous contribution, and look forward to continuing to work with them in their new positions,” ABB boss Ulrich Spiesshofer said.

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