Our Executive Team
Frederic Abbal, CEO
Frederic ́s impressive career spans over 30 years as top executive with a proven experience in business development and transformations. Amongst his many senior management positions Frederic was Member of the Executive Committee at Schneider Electric (SE) Group for nearly 10 years. At Schneider his career brought him from country manager of NE Africa to President SE-France, Schneider ́s largest territory with Euro 1,8bn in sales and 22.000 people.
He then continued his career in SE ́s Executive Committee to take the lead for Schneider ́s Energy Business and lead the merge with Areva Distribution, Schneider ́s landmark acquisition performed in 2010 with Euro 4,7bn revenues and 35.000 people. Frederic led the Energy Business to growth, brought profitability up, transformed the 2/3 company streamlining the technological platforms, created IOT and services business. The business became the leader in its field by revenue, profitability and technology.
Frederic has also been a Board member of several international companies in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
“I am excited to join FläktGroup in such an important phase during its growth journey. I honour past achievements and look forward to working with a great team to deliver even more successes in the future” comments Frederic.
Tobias Ketterle, CFO
Tobias is a senior Executive with a profound background in Finance and IT from a comparable industrial environment and private equity experience.
After getting his master’s degrees in business administration from universities in Bamberg, Germany and Western Illinois in the USA he started his professional career at KPMG.
He then managed Mergers & Acquisitions at REWE Zentralfinanz eG in Cologne before he joined the Wilo Group in 2007. Wilo is one of the world’s leading premium providers of pumps and pump systems for the building services, water management and industrial sectors with approximately 7.400 employees worldwide and a global turnover of 1.2 billion EUR in 2014.
Tobias initially was hired as Chief Information Officer before he became in charge of a large strategic transformation program. After a successful completion of the program he was appointed as Group CFO. In 2015 he became the Group CFO of DSD – Duales System Deutschland, a private equity owned company, and successfully restructured it until the company was sold in 2022.
Yvonne Comolli, Human Resources
Yvonne joined FläktGroup in May 2019 as Chief Human Resources Officer, providing HR leadership across the group.
Her key responsibility is to deploy consistent best practice HR programs, processes and tools in order to support our growth and profitability objectives.
Yvonne is a very experienced Senior Executive with over 23 years of professional background in HR and Compliance.
Before joining FläktGroup, she held Senior global positions within a broad range of industries. Yvonne holds a degree in Business Administration from Dortmund university.
Fabien Buffard, Marketing & Product Strategy
Fabien joined FläktGroup in February 2018. In his role, Fabien is accountable for globally leading the Marketing & Product Management teams and support the development of industry leading Air Comfort and Critical Air Solutions.
Fabien has acquired 25 years of experience in HVAC businesses, holding various senior positions in marketing strategy, go-to-market & product management, acquisition integration and transformation. Prior to joining FläktGroup, Fabien was Marketing & Product Strategy director in Europe, Asia & Middle-East commercial HVAC for Carrier leading brand.
Fabien is a graduated mechanical engineer from University of Brighton, UK and certified in Pro -Cert Marketing & ACE UTC operating system.
Oliver Finckh, CTO
Oliver Finckh has worked for the majority of his professional life with United Technologies both at the corporate research center and its business unit Carrier on technology and product development. Then, he spent some years at Thermo King, a subsidiary of Ingersoll-Rand.
With increasing responsibility, he has been leading technology and product development in a vast area of application ranging from aerospace & steam engines, combined heat and power application, fuel cell plant, and commercial & transport refrigeration. He has lead Global R&D activities with Carrier Commercial Refrigeration, has been assigned the role of the global Chief Engineer with Thermo King, and last but not least has lead an acquired business unit in Germany during its business integration and transformation phase.
Oliver has been graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, and from Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute with a Master in Business Management.
Mark Grimes, Sales 'North' Region & Woods Air Movement
Mark is accountable for business growth in the Sweden (incl. Denmark), Finland, the UK and Ireland. With a focus on special application projects for Marine, Oil & Gas, Data Centres and Pharma.
Mark has worked for FläktGroup, formerly Fläkt Woods, for 28 years gaining broad experience managing P&L’s across Asia and Europe, with a key focus on turnkey HVAC Systems, Key account Management and Applications – Marine Oil and Gas, Cleanroom and Data Centres.
He is a building services engineer with a HND - Building Services from the Dublin Institute of technology and the UK Engineering Council examinations Part 1 and Part 2 and holds a supplementary MBA from the Smurfit school of Business - University College Dublin.
Mark lives with his family near Dublin.
Sébastien Leichtnam, Service
Sébastien's mission at FläktGroup is to accelerate the implementation of our service growth strategy. He will drive our service roadmap globally and will lead and coordinate the work of the local service teams.
Sébastien is an experienced international Executive with experience in business acceleration and people leadership related to Service. He holds business degrees from the Catholic University of Lille and the international university INSEAD and an MBA from the EDHEC in Lille. He has profound experiences in our industry. In his most recent position, he worked at Munters AB for the past 6 years in a similar role. Before that, he worked for TetraPak in Sweden and various international companies in senior leadership responsibilities.
Marco Scomparin, Plants & Supply Chain
Marco is a very experienced Senior Operations Manager from the HVAC industry. He has previously held the position of Vice President Global Operations Air Tech at Munters AB. In this role, he led a team across a large global footprint of 12 sites.
Marco has had various Management roles in Operations in the Manufacturing industry and graduated at the Politecnico of Torino and holds a Master’s degree in Electronic Engineering.
Carl Sverdrup, Sales “Central / East” Region
Carl is accountable for globally driving sales in Germany, Austria (incl. Hungary), Benelux, France (incl. Spain), Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic (incl. Slovakia), the Baltics, Romania and the Southeast Asia region, made of India and Singapore. With a focus on special application projects for Clean Rooms.
Carl has more than 20 years experience in the HVAC industry, either in business development or business unit manager positions. Carl is an engineer (MSc, mechanical and industrial) with a supplementary MBA degree.
Ömer Tüzer, Sales Turkey & Middle East
Ömer is accountable for business growth in the Middle East and Turkey.
He has gained 20 years of experience in HVAC business with various roles. He started his carreer in Isısan, a leading turnkey HVAC Mechanical Contracting company. Following his role of Sales and Marketing Management in GEA Air Treatment he became the Managing Director to lead Sales, After sales & Production for Turkey and CIS Countries. With his team he had concluded many energy efficient HVAC solutions for very large scale Commercial & Industrial applications projects.
Ömer has a MSc. degree in Mechanical Engineering and graduated from Middle East Technical University of Ankara and Bosphorus University of İstanbul, Turkey. He lives in İstanbul with his family.
Trevor Young, North America
Trevor leads the American division of the FläktGroup which currently consists of three manufacturing plants and a head office in Columbia Missouri. With over 25 years of experience in the HVAC industry, Trevor has worked for leading brand companies such as Swegon, Biddle Air Systems and Prior to working in the states Trevor was responsible for Fläkt Woods sales in Europe. Virtually all of his career has involved the sales and development of Energy saving, Green ventilation and Air conditioning equipment.
Trevor is an Irish Citizen where he studied Mechanical Engineering, he also lived in United Kingdom and now resides in the US with his family.