Permobil, which supplies a number of high-end power and mobility products, has invested in a research and development (R&D) drive to push innovation and help it claw an edge over competition.
The supplier has appointed Catharina Modahl Nilsson as its executive vice president for R&D, who will be tasked with “spearhead[ing] innovation”.
She will aim to secure a competitive advantage when it comes to innovation, product development and cost position within powerchairs, manual wheelchairs, seating solutions and power assist devices.
Nilsson will also head up Permobil’s newly formed global group R&D function based in Sweden.
Bengt Thorsson, Permobil CEO, said Nilsson will be responsible for spearheading innovation across all product segments at Permobil.
He said: ”Her appointment and the formation of a central research and development function is part of our business strategy to bring innovation to our users and operational excellence.”
Nilsson said: “Permobil is synonymous with innovation. I am looking forward to bringing the next generation of products to market. My focus will be building synergies in R&D across the company and continuing our competitive advantage.”
Nilsson joins Permobil following a long career from the Scania Group and most recently the Traton Group, where she has held various senior management positions within R&D as well as product and project management.
She has been an elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) since 2009. She has a Masters of Science in Vehicle Engineering degree from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm. Nilsson will be based in the Kista (Stockholm) office.