CEO and the Management Team

Arni Ekholm

M.Sc. (Int. Marketing) (b. 1964, Finnish)
Group CEO

Member of the Management Team since 2015

Primary work experience:
Over 30 years’ experience in various leadership roles within international corporations, e.g. Olympus and Gillette Group

Relais Group shares and options:
67 450 shares


Johan Carlos

(b. 1990, Swedish)
Managing Director, Strands Group AB

Member of the Management Team since August 2022

Primary work experience:
Managing Director of Strands Group since 2017 and prior to that had various positions in sales and marketing at the company since 2010

Relais Group shares and options:
6,688 shares


Juan Garcia

(b. 1970, Swedish)
Regional Managing Director Scandinavia

Member of the Management Team since 2019

CEO at ABR since 2011, CEO at Huzells since 2017, previously e.g. 11 years at Freudenberg Group

Relais Group shares and options:
62,050 shares1


Ville Mikkonen

(b. 1977, Finnish)
Managing Director Finland and Baltic

Member of the Management Team since 2019

Primary work experience:
Various management positions at Startax since 2007
Over 20 years’ experience from automotive aftermarket

Relais Group shares and options:
174,800 shares


Jan Popov

LLM (b. 1989, Finnish)
Managing Director, Raskone Oy

Member of the Management Team since August 2022

Primary work experience:
CEO at Raskone since 2018
previously M&A lawyer at Eversheds Sutherland 

Relais Group shares and options:
67,823 shares


Pekka Raatikainen

M.Sc. (Econ.) (b. 1969 Finnish)
Group CFO

Member of the Management Team since 2017

Primary work experience:
Over 20 years’ experience from CFO and financial manager roles, e.g. Kemppi and Revenio.

Relais Group shares and options:
20,000 shares


Sebastian Seppänen

BSc. (Finance) (b.1990, Finnish)
Director M&A and Business Development

Member of the Management Team since August 2022

Primary work experience:
M&A Manager, Tietoevry Oyj (2021–2022)
Investment banker, Evli Plc (2014–2021)

Relais Group shares:
1,000


Jon Strand

(b. 1976, Swedish)
Director Marketing and Sales Development (interim)

Interim member of the Management Team since August 2022

Primary work experience:
Founder of Strands Group and CEO of the company from 2002 to 2017. Since then, Jon has continued investment and entrepreneurial activities.

Relais Group shares:
382,163 shares 2

Note: ; 1Through JG Management AB, a company controlled by Juan Garcia; 2 Through Tailor Made Global Investment AB, a company controlled by Jon Strands.