Our Executive Team
Frederic Abbal, CEO
Frederic ́s impressive career spans over 30 years as top executive with a proven experience in business development and transformations. Amongst his many senior management positions Frederic was Member of the Executive Committee at Schneider Electric (SE) Group for nearly 10 years. At Schneider his career brought him from country manager of NE Africa to President SE-France, Schneider ́s largest territory with Euro 1,8bn in sales and 22.000 people.
He then continued his career in SE ́s Executive Committee to take the lead for Schneider ́s Energy Business and lead the merge with Areva Distribution, Schneider ́s landmark acquisition performed in 2010 with Euro 4,7bn revenues and 35.000 people. Frederic led the Energy Business to growth, brought profitability up, transformed the 2/3 company streamlining the technological platforms, created IOT and services business. The business became the leader in its field by revenue, profitability and technology.
Frederic has also been a Board member of several international companies in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
“I am excited to join FläktGroup in such an important phase during its growth journey. I honour past achievements and look forward to working with a great team to deliver even more successes in the future” comments Frederic.
Tobias Ketterle, CFO
Tobias is a senior Executive with a profound background in Finance and IT from a comparable industrial environment and private equity experience.
After getting his master’s degrees in business administration from universities in Bamberg, Germany and Western Illinois in the USA he started his professional career at KPMG.
He then managed Mergers & Acquisitions at REWE Zentralfinanz eG in Cologne before he joined the Wilo Group in 2007. Wilo is one of the world’s leading premium providers of pumps and pump systems for the building services, water management and industrial sectors with approximately 7.400 employees worldwide and a global turnover of 1.2 billion EUR in 2014.
Tobias initially was hired as Chief Information Officer before he became in charge of a large strategic transformation program. After a successful completion of the program he was appointed as Group CFO. In 2015 he became the Group CFO of DSD – Duales System Deutschland, a private equity owned company, and successfully restructured it until the company was sold in 2022.
Fabien Buffard, Marketing & Product Strategy
Fabien joined FläktGroup in February 2018. In his role, Fabien is accountable for globally leading the Marketing & Product Management teams and support the development of industry leading Air Comfort and Critical Air Solutions.
Fabien has acquired 25 years of experience in HVAC businesses, holding various senior positions in marketing strategy, go-to-market & product management, acquisition integration and transformation. Prior to joining FläktGroup, Fabien was Marketing & Product Strategy director in Europe, Asia & Middle-East commercial HVAC for Carrier leading brand.
Fabien is a graduated mechanical engineer from University of Brighton, UK and certified in Pro -Cert Marketing & ACE UTC operating system.
Yvonne Comolli, Human Resources
Yvonne joined FläktGroup in May 2019 as Chief Human Resources Officer, providing HR leadership across the group.
Her key responsibility is to deploy consistent best practice HR programs, processes and tools in order to support our growth and profitability objectives.
Yvonne is a very experienced Senior Executive with over 23 years of professional background in HR and Compliance.
Before joining FläktGroup, she held Senior global positions within a broad range of industries. Yvonne holds a degree in Business Administration from Dortmund university.
Mark Grimes, Sales 'North' Region, Critical Applications & Woods Air Movement
Mark is accountable for business growth in the Sweden (incl. Denmark), Finland, the UK and Ireland. With a focus on Critical Applications; Data Centers, Gigafactories, Pharma, MOG and Clean Rooms.
Mark has worked for FläktGroup, formerly Fläkt Woods, for 28 years gaining broad experience managing P&L’s across Asia and Europe, with a key focus on turnkey HVAC Systems, Key account Management and Applications – Marine Oil and Gas, Cleanroom and Data Centres.
He is a building services engineer with a HND - Building Services from the Dublin Institute of technology and the UK Engineering Council examinations Part 1 and Part 2 and holds a supplementary MBA from the Smurfit school of Business - University College Dublin.
Lauri Jaakkola, Group Chief Transformation Officer
Lauri joined FläktGroup in March 2023 as Group Chief Transformation Officer. In his role, Lauri is in charge of coordinating FläktGroup’s transformation process and strategic projects.
Prior to FläktGroup, Lauri led the investment strategy and execution work under the Chief Investment Officer at NREP, the leading real estate investor and innovator in the Nordics. Before NREP, he worked as Senior Manager serving primarily private equity clients at Bain & Company, a top-tier global management consultancy.
Additionally, Lauri has prior HVAC experience from Rettig Group, a Finnish family-held investment company, where he worked extensively with Rettig’s portfolio company Purmo Group, European market leader in hydronic heating and cooling equipment.
Lauri holds an M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management from Aalto University in Finland.
Sébastien Leichtnam, Services
Sébastien's mission at FläktGroup is to accelerate the implementation of our service growth strategy. He will drive our service roadmap globally and will lead and coordinate the work of the local service teams.
Sébastien is an experienced international Executive with experience in business acceleration and people leadership related to Service. He holds business degrees from the Catholic University of Lille and the international university INSEAD and an MBA from the EDHEC in Lille. He has profound experiences in our industry. In his most recent position, he worked at Munters AB for the past 6 years in a similar role. Before that, he worked for TetraPak in Sweden and various international companies in senior leadership responsibilities.
Marco Scomparin, Plants & Supply Chain
Marco is a very experienced Senior Operations Manager from the HVAC industry. He has previously held the position of Vice President Global Operations Air Tech at Munters AB. In this role, he led a team across a large global footprint of 12 sites.
Marco has had various Management roles in Operations in the Manufacturing industry and graduated at the Politecnico of Torino and holds a Master’s degree in Electronic Engineering.
Carl Sverdrup, Sales Region South & Indoor Climate
Carl is accountable for globally driving sales in Germany, Austria (incl. Hungary), Benelux, France (incl. Spain), Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic (incl. Slovakia), the Baltics, Romania and the Southeast Asia region, made of India and Singapore. With a focus on Indoor Climate; Modular and Compact AHUs and related building indoor climate products.
Carl has more than 20 years experience in the HVAC industry, either in business development or business unit manager positions. Carl is an engineer (MSc, mechanical and industrial) with a supplementary MBA degree.
Ömer Tüzer, CTO
Ömer is Chief Technology Officer of FläktGroup. In his role he drives FläktGroup’s technology and innovation strategy with the focus of digitalization, sustainability and ESG. He oversees FläktGroup’s Engineering teams and Center of Excellences and works across the organisation to provide strategic and operational oversight to develop Energy Efficient Products, Services and Solutions, fueling the profitable growth of the company.
Ömer has now been with FläktGroup for over 23 years in various sales, marketing, production, management, strategy and leadership roles. In his last role he was Chief Sales Officer and accountable for growth in Turkey & Middle East regions. He has managed many energy efficient and challenging HVAC solutions for very large scale Commercial & Industrial application projects for Products & Services, including applications like large Data Center projects.
Ömer earned a bachelor‘s degree in mechanical engineering from Orta Dogu Teknik Universitesi of Ankara and MSc. degrees in mechanical engineering from Bogazici Universitesi of İstanbul
Trevor Young, SEMCO and WOODS USA
Trevor leads the American division of the FläktGroup which currently consists of three manufacturing plants and a head office in Columbia Missouri. With over 25 years of experience in the HVAC industry, Trevor has worked for leading brand companies such as Swegon, Biddle Air Systems and Prior to working in the states Trevor was responsible for Fläkt Woods sales in Europe. Virtually all of his career has involved the sales and development of Energy saving, Green ventilation and Air conditioning equipment.
Trevor is an Irish Citizen where he studied Mechanical Engineering, he also lived in United Kingdom and now resides in the US with his family.
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