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).
Domicile: Helsinki, Finland.
Other major duties: Confederation of Finnish Industries EK: member of the Board 2016- and Deputy Chair of the Board 2016; Finland Chamber of Commerce: member of the Board 2016-; Finnish Commerce Federation: member of the Board 2015- and Deputy Chair of the Board 2015; Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company: member of the Board 2015- and Chair of the Board 2016-; Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA: member 2015-; Finnish Fair Corporation: Board member 2015-; East Office of Finnish Industries Oy: member of the Board 2015-; Metsä Fibre Oy: member of the Board 2008-2014; German Pulp and Paper Association (VDP): member of the Board 2013-2014; Myllykoski Paper Oy: Vice Chair of the Board 2007-2012; Finnish Forest Industries Federation: member of the Board 2007-2011.
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; Valmet Corporation: Head of Converting Machinery Division (UK) and member of the Management Board 1999-2003 of Valmet Corporation; Vice President for Calender Business Unit 1997-1999; Head of Operations of Valmet Rotomec S.p.a., Italy 1994-1997; Head of Project Department; Valmet Järvenpää 1993–1994; Managing Director of Kasten Hövik 1990-1993; Valmet Paper Machinery Inc.: Production Manager of Valmet Järvenpää 1987-1990; Valmet Corporation: Project Engineer 1984-1987.
Member of the Group Management Board since: 1 October 2014.
Kesko shares held:
31 December 2015: 8,791 B shares.
31 December 2016: 20,005 B shares.

 

The other members of the Group Management Board

 

Jorma Rauhala, b. 1965, Master of Science (Economics).
Deputy to Kesko’s President and CEO, President, building and technical trade.
Domicile: Espoo, Finland
Other major duties: 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-.
Employment history: employed by Kesko Ltd since 1992. Senior Vice President, grocery trade division since 1 January 2015. President of Kesko Food Ltd since 2013. 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:
31 December 2015: 8,864 B shares.
31 December 2016: 13,670 B shares.

 

 

Ari Akseli, b. 1972, Master of Science (Economics).
President, grocery trade.
Domicile: Vihti, Finland.
Other major duties: The Finnish Grocery Trade Association: Chair of the Board 20.11.2017-, AMS Advisor Board: member 2013-; IGS Advisor Board: member 2016- ; Ruokatieto: Vice Chairman of the Board 2016-, member of the Board 2013-2015; Association for Finnish Work: member of the Executive Committee 2014-.
Employment history: Employed by Kesko Ltd 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:
15 November 2017: 81 A-shares, 7,568 shares.

 

Johan Friman, b. 1965, Master of Science (Economics).
President, car trade.
Domicile: Espoo, Finland.
Other major duties: Association of Automobile Importers in Finland: member of the Board 2017 -; LeasePlan Belgium: member of the Board 2010-2016; LeasePlan Denmark: member of the Board 2011-2016; VMF Verband markenunabhängiger Fuhrparkmanagementgesellschaften, Deutschland: member of the Board 2006-2016.   
Employment history: employed by Kesko Corporation since 2017. Senior Vice President, car trade division since 1 January 2017. LeasePlan Deutschland GmbH: Managing Director 2006-2016; LeasePlan Finland Oy: Managing Director 1997-2006; Inchcape Motors Finland Oy: Managing Director of the Retail business 1995-1997 and Marketing Director of the importer 1995; Bilia Oy: Sales Manager, Dealer Manager and Fleet sales 1991-1994. 
Member of the Group Management Board since: 1 January 2017.
Kesko shares held:
1 January 2017: No shares. 

 

 

Jukka Erlund, b. 1974, Master of Science (Economics), eMBA.
Executive Vice President, CFO.
Domicile: Helsinki, Finland.
Other major duties: 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-; Luottokunta: member of the Board 2012.
Employment history: employed by Kesko Ltd 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:
31 December 2015: 7,740 B shares.
31 December 2016: 11,478 B shares.

 

 

Matti Mettälä, b. 1963, Master of Laws.
Executive Vice President, Human Resources.
Domicile: Helsinki, Finland.
Other major duties: Huoltoupseeriyhdistys ry: member of delegation 2013-; Finnish Commerce Federation: member of the Research Committee 2013-; Foundation for Vocational Training in the Retail Trade: member of the Board 2005-.
Employment history: employed by Kesko Ltd 1990-2005 and since 2012. Senior Vice President, Human Resources since 1 January 2015. 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:
31 December 2015: 4,282 B shares.
31 December 2016: 6,952 B shares.

 

 

Anne Leppälä-Nilsson, b. 1953, Master of Laws, Master of Science (Economics and Business Administration).
Executive Vice President, Group General Counsel.
Domicile: Espoo, Finland.
Other major duties: Nasdaq Nordic Ltd: member of the Board 2008-; Independent Retail Europe: member of the Board 2007-; Deputy Chair of the Board 2017-; EuroCommerce: member of the Board 2012-2015; European Commission’s High Level Group on Retail Competitiveness: member 2013-2015; Finnish Commerce Federation: member of the Legal Committee 1992-, Chair 1992-2001 and 2006-; Confederation of Finnish Industries EK: member of the Legal Affairs Committee 2005-, Chair 2006-2007; Finland Chamber of Commerce: Delegation member 2011-; ICC Advisory Board: member 2017-; Registered Association Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce (FRCC): member of the Board 2005-, Deputy Chair 2009-; Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce: Delegation member 2011-; Securities Market Association: member of the Corporate Governance Code working group 2014-2015, Chair 2007-2008, member of the remuneration working group 2009-2010, member of the Nordic Corporate Governance working group 2007-2010; Finland Chamber of Commerce: member of The Arbitration Institute of the Finland Chamber of Commerce (FAI) 1999-2008, member of the Redemption Committee 2003-2008.
Employment history:
Employed by Kesko Ltd since 2001. Senior Vice President, Group General Counsel as of 1 January 2015. Group General Counsel, Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs, Risk Management and Internal Audit 2005-2014, General Counsel 2001-2005, Aspo Plc: Vice President, Legal Affairs 1985- 2001, Credit Manager 1980-1985
Member of the Group Management Board since: 1 January 2015.
Kesko shares held:
31 December 2015: 5,513 B shares.
31 December 2016: 8,183 B shares.

 

Lauri Peltola, b. 1963, CCJ.
Executive Vice President, marketing, communications, responsibility and corporate relations.
Domicile: Kirkkonummi, Finland.
Other major duties: Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company: member of the Supervisory Board 2013-.
Employment history: employed by Kesko Corporation since 2015. Senior Vice President for corporate responsibility, communications and stakeholder relations as of 2 March 2015 and marketing and brand steering and development as of 1 January 2016. Stora Enso: Country Senior Executive for Finland, 2013-2014 and Senior Vice President, Global Identity, 2009-2014; Nordea Plc: Executive Vice President, Group Identity and Communications, 2008-2009 and 2000-2005; Metsäliitto Group: Communications Director 2005-2008.
Member of the Group Management Board since: 2 March 2015.
Kesko shares held:
31 December 2015: No shares.
31 December 2016: 2,670 B shares.

 

 

Anni Ronkainen, b. 1966, Master of Science (Economics).
Executive Vice President, Chief Digital Officer.
Domicile: Helsinki, Finland.
Other major duties: Asiakastieto Group Plc: member of the Board 2015-; Nordic Morning Plc: member of the Board 2015-; Robit Plc: member of the Board 2015-2017; Sunduka Ltd: member of the Board 2015; Institute of Marketing: member of the Board 2010-2015; the American Chamber of Commerce in Finland (AmCham Finland): member of the Board 2011-2015; Marketing Executives Group: member of the Board 2009-2011.
Employment history: employed by Kesko 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:
31 December 2015: No shares.
31 December 2016: 2,670 B shares.

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