President and CEO and the Group Management Board

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

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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: member of the Board 2016-, Deputy Chair of the Board 2016, 2019-2021; Finnish Commerce Federation: member of the Board 2015-, Chair of the Board 2018-2019, Deputy Chair of the Board 2015, 2021-; Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company: member of the Board 2015 and Chair of the Board 2016-2019; Finland Chamber of Commerce: member of the Board 2016-2020; Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA: member 2015-; Rajamme Vartijain Säätiö: member of the Board 2019-2021, Chair of the Board 2020-2021.
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:
31 December 2020: 269,844 B shares.
31 December 2021: 5,000 A shares, 324,260 B shares.

The other members of the Group Management Board

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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:
31 December 2020: 140,156 B shares.
31 December 2021: 168,796 B-shares.

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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:
31 December 2020: 324 A shares, 59,504 B shares.
31 December 2021: 324 A shares, 79,570 B shares.

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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.
31 December 2021: 1,000 B shares.

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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:
31 December 2020: 115,676 B shares.

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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:
12 April 2021: 330 B shares.

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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 12 April 2021-. Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Corporate Responsibility and Regional Relations 2018-2021. 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:
31 December 2020: 74,120 B shares.
31 December 2021: 88,440 B shares.

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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 2017-. 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:
31 December 2020: 11,188 B shares.
31 December 2021: 16,344 B shares.

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Anni Ronkainen, b. 1966, Master of Science (Economics).
Executive Vice President, Chief Digital Officer.
Other major duties: Aallon Group Oyj: Member of the Board 3/2022; 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-. 
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:
31 December 2020: 55,724 B shares.
31 December 2021: 68,612 B shares.

 

 

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