Spinnova appoints new talent

As we prepare to scale our sustainable fibre production, we have recently onboarded two niche textile experts to help commercialize our sustainable wood-based fibre. We have also appointed four other great members to the team.

Shahriare Mahmood has started as Spinnova’s Sustainability Director. Mahmood joined Spinnova from the renown Finnish children’s wear brand Reima. Mahmood has both an academic and a technical textile industry background. Graduated as a chemical engineer in Bangladesh and Master of Engineering in Finland, he has also worked in textile mills in Asia and Europe.

In the course of his extensive career, he has specialized in e.g. circularity, material R&D as well as quality and supply chain management. He has also recently earned a PhD in sustainability management. With Spinnova, Mahmood focuses on supporting sustainability efforts of partnering brands and related pre-commercial and commercial phase supply chains.

– Shahriare has experience of many different phases of textile manufacturing. In our team, he gets to personally close the loop. We are excited to have access to his hands-on technology skills and in-depth sustainability knowledge, says Spinnova’s CEO and co-founder Janne Poranen.

Spinnova’s other textile expert appointment is Eun (Enja) Young Kim, who started as Senior Fibre Application Specialist in Spinnova’s R&D team. Engineer by background, Kim previously worked for fibre technology company Lenzing in Austria, where she worked in technical customer service of technical applications. She will be focusing on developing the Spinnova fibre’s quality and finishings.

– Enja’s vast experience of cellulose-based textile fibres helps us ensure that our fibre succeeds in partnering brands’ supply chains and end products, Poranen adds.

We have also onboarded four new people in our R&D and laboratory teams: Matias Nissinen as Development Engineer, Tomi Nieminen and Toni Hiltunen as Process Technicians, and Riikka Happonen as Laboratory Technician.

We now employ 36 people full time.

Please join us in giving all new team members a warm welcome!