POC appoints new CEO
Experienced CEO and broadcast media executive, Jonas Sjögren, to lead and become the new CEO for POC from February 1st, 2017.
POC, a leading manufacturer of helmets, eyewear, body armor and apparel was founded in 2005 in Sweden, with a strong mission ‘to do the best we can to possibly save lives and to reduce the consequences of accidents for gravity sports athletes and cyclists’. POC has been growing successfully in over 40 countries by providing innovative safety protection for skiers, snowboarders, mountain bikers and cyclists and has received more than 50 international safety, design, innovation and business awards.
Jonas Sjögren, who has more than 15 year’s experience in the TV and media industry, said; “Getting the opportunity to lead POC, a global company synonymous with safety, innovation and forward thinking, is incredibly exciting. As a Swede I have watched POC’s journey and international growth over the last ten years and I am looking forward to supporting the mission and increasing its global presence in snow sport and bike markets.”
Jonas has more than 10 years-experience as the CEO for multiple Swedish TV channels, where he has been responsible for all the activities of the channels. In his previous position, as the CEO for Discovery Networks Sweden, which holds brands such as channel 5, Eurosport and Discovery, he has been responsible for leading and supporting 200 employees and controlling financial activities related to a turnover of approx. 1.500 MSEK.
Since October 2015 POC has been part of the Dainese group, an Investcorp portfolio company. Dainese group CEO, Cristiano Silei, added; “I am pleased to welcome Jonas to POC and I am looking forward to working with him. The potential for POC is clear and by bringing together our expertise, innovation and technology I am convinced that we can continue to grow strongly and make a very positive impact. On behalf of the whole group I would also like to thank Federico Minoli for his contribution and leadership during his period as interim CEO. Federico will return to his role as chairman of the board for POC and Dainese.”
Commenting on the future, Jonas continued; “POC is filled with incredibly talented and devoted people and working closely with them to keep building and strengthening its world class reputation, supporting safety and the mission, is inspiring and I am looking forward to making a positive impact.”