Orbis70 - Markku Linna-Aro
#Orbis70 – perspectives on the story
Markku Linna-Aro, the Chairman of the Board and the former Managing Director of Orbis, says that he has been with the company since he was a little boy.
“The company and my home were located in the same building, so it was natural for me to start my career at the warehouse already during my school years,” Markku reminisces.
After secondary school, Markku worked in sales, a position he took over again following his military service. Markku had stints away from the company on a few occasions for studies and work, including as Director for professional products at Sony Finland. Markku returned to Orbis as CEO in 1993.
Currently serving as the Chairman of the Board, Markku is focused on steering Orbis strategy with Jani Linna-Aro, who took over CEO duties in the beginning of 2019.
Staying on top of development
Technology has evolved by leaps and bounds during Orbis’ 70 years of history.
“We have to constantly stay on top of development. In Finland, data communications technology was booming in the late 1990s and the early 2000s, and today, data transmission is becoming increasingly vital to more and more industries, from construction to data centres. This evolution has broadened our sphere of operations and our customer base,” Markku states.
“It has taken significant efforts from our employees to adapt to the changes and see the opportunities even during trying times,” Markku acknowledges.
Values are an essential part of Orbis’ culture
The family-run company is striving to be a good employer.
“Our values include integrity, goal-orientedness, appreciation and respect. It is important to maintain these core values even during difficult times,” Markku emphasises.
Clients and other interest groups have maintained their trust and faith in us, and long-term collaboration has resulted in tight-knit partnerships. “No one is able to do everything alone. Finding the right partners is important, and this requires the willingness and ability to develop. A good principle is to deliver on your promises.”
The ownership strategy of the company has been clear: the company is built to last. And, the future is looking bright: Orbis is currently expanding its own production and building a new factory.
“We believe that the role of production and customizability will become increasingly important. We are looking to provide even better services for our clients. In practice, this means being close to our clients, listening to them and collaborating with them in developing operating models,” Markku summarises.
Photo: Cornerstone ceremony of the new office building at Taivaltie 5 at Vantaa in 12th April 2000.