JAN. 31 I GENELEC I OBITUARY
Genelec's Ilpo Martikainen
Ilpo Martikainen, founder of Genelec, passed away on Jan. 30. He was 69 years old.
During recent years, Martikainen focused on involving the next generation in order to develop the company. His children — Juho Martikainen, Mikko Martikainen and Maria Martikainen — have been members of the Genelec Board since 2001.
Martikainen's children will continue maintaining ownership of Genelec together with the other board members, Topi Partanen and Ritva Leinonen. Ritva Leinonen follows Martikainen as the Chairperson of the Genelec Board.
The company released a statement on Jan. 31 regarding Martikainen's passing, stating that, "We warmly thank Ilpo's family for supporting him in being an essential part of our lives and journey, too. We hope the whole audio and music industry will join us in extending thoughts and prayers to his family. Even if we greatly miss Ilpo, we are privileged and grateful to share in the wonderful memories, passion, humanistic values, love and evolution of the Genelec story that we have experienced with Ilpo. This keeps his memory living in our hearts and deeds. He will continue to live on, through us."