Genelec, the leading pro-audio brand from Finland and a globally-recognised supplier of premium quality studio monitor speakers, has announced that the company's founder Ilpo Martikainen passed away on January 30 after struggling with a long term illness. He was 69.
Siamäk Naghian, managing director at Genelec, said during recent years Martikainen had focused on involving the next generation in the company.
"His children Juho Martikainen, Mikko Martikainen and Maria Martikainen have grown up as part of the Genelec family. They have been closely involved in developing the company into the leading global brand in active audio monitoring as members of the Genelec board since 2001," he said.
"The children will continue in ownership of Genelec together with the other board members Topi Partanen and Ritva Leinonen, who have made their lifework with Genelec. Ritva Leinonen continues as the chairperson of Genelec Board."
Naghian also thanked Martikainen's family for supporting the Genelec founder and described him as 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," he said.
"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."