Permobil has filled one of its most significant executive roles by appointing Catharina Tunberg as new head of R&D – and immediately tasked her with driving the next generation of advanced assistive solutions for individuals.
As executive VP for research and development, she will draw on design, engineering, digitalisation and clinical evidence to support Permobil´s holistic approach to solutions for people living with disabilities.
This encompasses hardware, software and services within power wheelchairs, manual wheelchairs, seating solutions and power assist devices.
Tunberg will head up the global group research and development function spearheading innovation, product development and cost position.
She said: “I’m really looking forward to continuing Permobil’s important work to innovate for individuals. My focus will be building on synergies within the entire product portfolio and strengthening the holistic approach of the offering.”
Tunberg joins Permobil following a long career from ASSA ABLOY and Ericsson, where she held various senior management positions within R&D, sales, marketing, business and strategy development.
Most recently, she was the chief technology officer for the global solutions division at ASSA ABLOY.
Bengt Thorsson, CEO of Permobil, said: “Bringing innovative solutions to the market, or moreover to the people who use our products is part of Permobil’s DNA. Catharina’s broad knowledge of cloud-based solutions, hardware technology, product development and product quality fits perfectly into that and will take us to the next phase on our journey.”