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Wheelchair manufacturer Permobil Group has appointed Catharina Tunberg as Executive Vice President Research & Development where her mission will be to drive the next generation of advanced assistive solutions for people living with disabilities.

Catharina’s mission will be to build on Permobil´s holistic approach to its products. This encompasses hardware, software and services within power wheelchairs, manual wheelchairs, seating solutions and power assist devices.

She will head up the global Group Research and Development function spearheading innovation, product development and cost position.

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Bengt Thorsson, Permobil CEO commented: “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.”

Catharina Tunberg, incoming EVP Research & Development added: “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.”

Catharina joins Permobil following a long career from ASSA ABLOY and Ericsson, where she has held various senior management positions within R&D, sales, marketing, business & strategy development.

Most recently she was the Chief Technology Officer for the Global Solutions Division at ASSA ABLOY.

Catharina is an elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) since 2009. She has a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), in Stockholm. Catharina will be based in the Kista (Stockholm) office and starts in the first quarter of 2022.

Permobil wishes Catharina Modahl-Nilsson, current EVP Research & Development, well in her new position outside the organisation and recognised her valuable contributions in improving the firm’s R&D structure and systems and implementing processes to ensure MDR Regulation compliance.

The manufacturer recently published a new white paper examining the clinical, functional and psychosocial benefits of standing power wheelchairs for children and adults.

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