Mr. Valtonen is an industry veteran with more than 25 years of direct aviation maintenance and manufacturing experience. Mr. Valtonen started his career at GATES as a Managing Director and moved to his current role in late 2016. Prior to GATES Mr. Valtonen worked some 15 years at Finnair Engine Services, first as a Business Controller and later as COO. Before that, Mr. Valtonen had more than five years of experience in different aviation businesses and roles in both military and civil aircraft and engines. These previous roles ranged from assembling new engines to designing carbon fiber and Kevlar composite structures as well as experimental engineering activities related to a new aircraft engine design. With these jobs he has lived in addition to Finland in France and Canada.
Mr. Valtonen earned a M.S in Machine Design, Industrial Engineering and Management from Tampere University of Technology.