Genelec founder loses battle with illness at 69

Genelec founder loses battle with illness at 69
Genelec is mourning the loss of its founder Ilpo Martikainen, who passed away on January 30, 2017 at the age of 69.

Siamäk Naghian, managing director of Genelec said Martikainen had struggled with a long term illness and described him as “a true pioneer in active audio monitoring”.

In a written statement Naghian said:

“During the recent years, Ilpo focused on involving the next generation. 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. 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.

"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.”