Group Management Board

President and CEO of Kesko Corporation and Chairman of the Group Management Board

 

Mikko Helander, b. 1960, Vuorineuvos (an honorary title granted by the President of the Republic of Finland), Master of Science (Technology).
Other major duties: Stora Enso Oyj: member of the Board 2019-; Confederation of Finnish Industries EK: Deputy Chair of the Board 2019-; Finnish Commerce Federation: Deputy Chair of the Board 2021-, member of the Board 2015-; Finland Chamber of Commerce: member of the Board 2016-; Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA: member 2015-; Climate Leadership Coalition (CLC): member of the Board 2020-2021; Finnish Fair Corporation: Board member 2015-; Rajamme Vartijain Säätiö: Chair of the Board 2020-, member of the Board 2019-; Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company: member of the Board 2015 and Chair of the Board 2016-2019; East Office of Finnish Industries Oy: member of the Board 2015-2018. 
Employment history: employed by Kesko Corporation since 2014. Kesko Corporation's Managing Director and Kesko Group's President and CEO since 1 January 2015. Kesko Corporation's Executive Vice President 2014. Metsä Board Corporation: Chief Executive Officer 2006-2014; Metsä Tissue Corporation: Chief Executive Officer 2003-2006; Various management positions at Valmet Corporation between 1993 and 2003; Managing Director of Kasten Hövik 1990-1993.
Member of the Group Management Board since: 1 October 2014.
Kesko shares held (the amount equals the share issue without payment (share split) registered on 30 April 2020*):
31 December 2019: 221,696 B shares.
31 December 2020: 269,844 B shares.

The other members of the Group Management Board

 

Jorma Rauhala, b. 1965, Master of Science (Economics).
President, building and technical trade, Deputy CEO.
Other major duties: European DIY Retail Association (EDRA): Member of the Board 2019-; Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences Ltd: Chair of the Board 2021-; The Finnish Grocery Trade Association: Chair of the Board 2017 (until 20.11.2017) and 2013-2014; member of the Board 2013-2016; the Association of Finnish Advertisers: member of the Board 2014-2017 (until 24.11.2017).
Employment history: employed by Kesko Corporation since 1992. President of Kesko’s building and technical trade since 15 November 2017. Senior Vice President, grocery trade division 2015-2017. President of Kesko Food Ltd 2013-2017. Vice President for the K-citymarket chain's food trade 2012-2013; Managing Director of Kespro Ltd 2007-2012; Purchasing Director of Kespro Ltd 2003-2007.
Member of the Group Management Board since: 5 February 2013.
Kesko shares held (the amount equals the share issue without payment (share split) registered on 30 April 2020*):
31 December 2019: 114,816 B shares.
31 December 2020: 140,156 B shares.

 

Ari Akseli, b. 1972, Master of Science (Economics).
President, grocery trade.
Other major duties: The Finnish Grocery Trade Association: Member of the Board 2019-, Chair of the Board 2021- and 2017-2018; Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company: member of the Supervisory Board 2021-; AMS Advisor Board: member 2013-2019; IGS Advisor Board: member 2016-; Ruokatieto: Vice Chairman of the Board 2016-2019, member of the Board 2013-2015; Association for Finnish Work: member of the Executive Committee 2014-2019.
Employment history: Employed by Kesko Corporation since 1995. President of Kesko’s grocery trade division since 15 November 2017. Vice President for Commerce, Kesko’s grocery trade 2013-2017; President, Anttila Oy 2010-2013; President, K-citymarket Oy 2008-2013.
Member of the Group Management Board since: 15 November 2017.
Kesko shares held (the amount equals the share issue without payment (share split) registered on 30 April 2020*):
31 December 2019: 324 A shares, 39,232 B shares.
31 December 2020: 324 A shares, 59,504 B shares.

Matti Virtanen, b. 1958, Master of Science (Tech.).
President, car trade.
Other major duties: Roima Intelligence Oy; Chair of the Board 2019−, HopLop Holding Oy; Chair of the Board 2018−2021, Kamux Corporation; Chair of the Board 2016-2020.
Employment history: employed by Kesko Corporation and President of car trade division since 9 April 2021, CEO of Norpe Oy 2010–2016, CEO of Perlos Oy 2006–2008, Vice President of Solectron Corporation and CEO of Solectron EMEA area 2004–2005, Vice President of Hewlett-Packard & Compaq Computer 1990–2003, CEO and Managing Partner of Virtanen Consulting GmbH 2003−, Executive positions with Nokia 1984–1990.  
Member of the Group Management Board since:
 9 April 2021
Kesko shares held:
9 April 2021: 1,000 B shares.

 

Jukka Erlund, b. 1974, Master of Science (Economics), eMBA.
Executive Vice President, CFO.
Other major duties: Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company: member of the Board 3/2021-; Finnair Plc: member of the Board 2019-; Finnish Commerce Federation: Chair of the Tax and Economic Policy Committee 2011-; Confederation of Finnish Industries EK: member of the Economy and Tax Committee 2012-; Suomen Luotto-osuuskunta: member of the Board 2012-. 
Employment history: employed by Kesko Corporation since 2004. Senior Vice President, CFO since 1 November 2011. Kesko Food Ltd's Vice President for Finance 2010-2011; Kesko Corporation's Vice President, Corporate Controller 2007-2010; Kesko Corporation's Corporate Business Controller 2004-2007.
Member of the Group Management Board since: 1 November 2011.
Kesko shares held (the amount equals the share issue without payment (share split) registered on 30 April 2020*):
31 December 2019: 96,668 B shares.
31 December 2020: 115,676 B shares.

Riikka Joukio, b. 1965, Master of Science (Technology), eMBA
Executive Vice President, Sustainability and Public Affairs.
Other major duties: PEFC International: Board Vice Chair, Board member 2014-; Climate Leadership Coalition (CLC): Deputy Member of the Board 9/2021-; Encore Ympäristöpalvelut Oy: Board member 2018–2021; Puunjalostusinsinöörit ry - Forest Products Engineers: Board Chair, Board member 2014-2021; UNA Europa: advisory board member 2020-.
Employment history: Employed by Kesko Corporation since 12 April 2021. Metsä Group: SVP, Climate and Circular Economy 2020-2021; Metsä Tissue: SVP, Greaseproof papers and Consumer Nordics 2018-2019; Metsä Group: SVP, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs 2010-2018; Metsä Board Consumer Packaging: VP, Marketing 2004-2010; M-real Consumer Packaging: Assistant VP, technical sales and marketing 1999-2004; several technical positions at Metsä-Serla 1998-1999.
Member of the Group Management Board since: 12 April 2021
Kesko shares held (the amount equals the share issue without payment (share split) registered on 30 April 2020*):
12 April 2021:
 330 B shares.

 

 

Matti Mettälä, b. 1963, Master of Laws.
Executive Vice President, Human Resources.
Other major duties: Employment Fund: member of the Supervisory Board 2018-; Foundation for Vocational Training in the Retail Trade: member of the Board 2005-.
Employment history: employed by Kesko Corporation 1990-2005 and since 2012. Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Corporate Responsibility and Regional Relations as of 1 January 2018. Senior Vice President, Human Resources 2015-2017. Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Stakeholder Relations 2012-2014. K-retailers' Association: Managing Director 2005-2012; Kesko Hardware and Builders’ Supplies: Vice President for Finance 2002-2005; Rautakesko Ltd: Development Director 2001-2002; Builders’ and Agricultural Supplies Division: Project Manager 1999-2000; Kesko Hardware and Builders’ Supplies: Vice President for the Rautia chain 1998-1999; Builders’ and Agricultural Supplies Division: Retail Services Manager 1996-1998; Vähittäiskaupan Takaus Oy: Retail Services Manager 1994-1996; Kesko Ltd's Credit Department: Credit Manager 1991-1992; Kesko Ltd's Credit Department: Legal Counsel 1990-1991.
Member of the Group Management Board since: 1 October 2012.
Kesko shares held (the amount equals the share issue without payment (share split) registered on 30 April 2020*):
31 December 2019: 61,448 B shares.
31 December 2020: 74,120 B shares.

 

Karoliina Partanen, b. 1977, Master of Political Science.
Executive Vice President, Communications 
Areas of responsibility: Communications, Brand and Stakeholder Relations
Employment history: employed by Kesko Corporation since 2015. Kesko Corporation's Executive Vice President, Communications 10/2020-; Senior Vice President, Communications and Identity 2017-2020. Kesko grocery trade, Vice President, Communications 2015-2017.  Metso Corporation: Vice President, Global Brand and Marketing 2013-2015; Vice President, Marketing and Communications 2009-2013; Communications Manager 2005-2009. Pohjoisranta Burson-Marsteller Oy: Communications Consultant 2000-2005.
Member of the Group Management Board since: 1 October 2020.
Kesko shares held:
1 October 2020: 11,188 B shares.
31 December 2020: 11,188 B shares.



Anni Ronkainen, b. 1966, Master of Science (Economics).
Executive Vice President, Chief Digital Officer.
Other major duties: Member of the Personnel Committee: 2019-; Fennia Mutual Insurance Company: member of the Board 2019-; Ministry of Economic Affairs and employment of Finland: The Artificial Intelligence 4.0 programme, member of the steering group 11/2020-; Statistics Finland: Member of the Advisory Board 2019-; Marketing Finland ry: member of the Board 2018-; Business Finland: member of the Digital Advisory Board 2017-.
Employment history: employed by Kesko Corporation since 2015. Chief Digital Officer as from 20 April 2015. Google Finland Ltd: Country Manager Finland 2009-2015; Industry Head, Multi-sector 2008-2009; McCann Worldgroup Helsinki Oy: CEO 2006-2008; Satama Finland Oy: Business Group Director 2001-2006.
Member of the Group Management Board since: 20 April 2015.
Kesko shares held (the amount equals the share issue without payment (share split) registered on 30 April 2020*):
31 December 2019: 44,320 B shares.
31 December 2020: 55,724 B shares.

 

*) The Annual General Meeting of Kesko Corporation decided on 28 April 2020 upon a share issue without payment (share split) according to which new shares were issued to the shareholders in proportion to their existing holdings, so that three (3) new A shares were issued for each A share held, and three (3) new B shares for each B share held.

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