Recipients of Beijer Alma’s Anders Wall scholarship 2021
The Beijer Alma’s Anders Wall scholarships are awarded to committed employees who have contributed to improvements within the Group. This year’s recipients are Tom Kerkhof at the Lesjöfors-owned company Alcomex VIOD and Susan Bao at Habia Cable in China.
This is the sixth time that Beijer Alma’s Anders Wall scholarships have been awarded. The scholarships are awarded to one or more employees who have shown initiative, commitment and contributed to improvements and possibilities for the Beijer Alma Group. The scholarship is worth SEK 50,000, a sum that is to be used for continued skills development. This year, two individuals with great potential for continued development in the Group were awarded scholarships. They received SEK 25,000 each.
Tom Kerkhof – Operations Manager at Alcomex VIOD, Lesjöfors
“Respected and trusted leader who continuously improves Alcomex VIOD’s operations.”
Tom started as Production Manager at Alcomex HZ Solution in 2018 and moved to Alcomex VIOD in 2020 as Operations Manager. Tom is a trusted leader at Alcomex VIOD. Tom is a good listener, gives valuable feedback and coaches VIOD’s employees to make them better. He gives direction to the team and has brought a customer growth mindset to the organization. Tom always uses customer satisfaction as a starting point for all improvements. He has implemented a continuous improvement methodology plan for all functions, based on which the team is now preparing for the future. One example of an improvement has been the revision of the epoxy painting line. This has resulted in a 10- percent efficiency improvement while also reducing CO2 emissions by changing the lacquer baths to a more sustainable solution. Tom also plans to implement further improvements in the future as a respected leader within Alcomex VIOD.
Susan Bao – Sales Manager at Habia Cable China
“Dedicated sales manager with drive and business acumen.”
Susan Bao has been with Habia since 2002. She started in sales to the telecom market and contributed to building Habia’s position as a world leader in cables for base station antennas. In 2020, Susan was promoted to the role of Sales Manager Region China. Under her leadership, sales to industrial and marine customers have increased rapidly, which has contributed to Habia’s profitability in China. As Sales Manager, Susan still maintains a large number of accounts and has continued to be the top salesperson globally every year for the last five years. Susan’s greatest strengths are her drive, business acumen and dedication to both our customers and Habia as a whole. She is a valuable asset to the management team and Habia’s operations in China.