Abedan Kanthasamy (Abbi) is the Chief Innovation Officer and Chief Executive of PETRA Mobilia, the furniture division of the PETRA Group. In his role as CIO, he is in charge of working with all divisions of PETRA Group to develop innovation strategies that will differentiate and elevate PETRA Group from its competitors in its respective markets. By collaborating with teams in all areas of the organization, Abbi can ensure PETRA Group continues to be a leader in innovation across all economic sectors.
As Chief Executive of PETRA Mobilia, Abbi works with the division’s industry partner Tempur, to design and manufacture luxury living room furniture for worldwide distribution under the Tempur Brand. PETRA Mobilia also owns the brands Ryze and SofaItalia.
With over 26 years of experience in manufacturing, product development, design, and business management, Abbi has a creative, but business-oriented mind that gives him a vast understanding of the current markets as well as the skills to proactively develop innovative products that stand out in a sea of competitors. He currently holds 42 US Patents with another 12 that are currently pending.
Abbi was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, raised in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, and attended high school in Palo Alto, California. He has an Engineering degree from the Biosystems Engineering Department at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. His hobbies are cricket and photography.