President and CEO

 

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: Chair of the Board 2018-, member of the Board 2015-2017 and Deputy Chair of the Board 2015; Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company: Chair of the Board 2016- and member of the Board 2015- ; 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-.
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 2016: 20,005 B shares.
31 December 2017: 36,091 B shares.

The other members of the Group Management Board

 

Jorma Rauhala, b. 1965, Master of Science (Economics).
Executive Vice President, building and technical trade, Deputy to Kesko’s President and CEO.
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 2014-2017 (until 24.11.2017).
Employment history: employed by Kesko Ltd since 1992. Senior Vice President, grocery trade division since 1 January 2015. 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 2016: 13,670 B shares.
31 December 2017: 20,564 B shares.

 

Ari Akseli, b. 1972, Master of Science (Economics).
Executive Vice 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:
31 December 2017: 81 A-shares, 7,568 shares.

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Johan Friman, b. 1965, Master of Science (Economics).
Executive Vice 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:
31 December 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-, Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company: member of the Supervisory Board 2018-.
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 2016: 11,478 B shares.
31 December 2017: 16,840 B shares.

 

Matti Mettälä, b. 1963, Master of Laws.
Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Corporate Responsibility and Regional Relations.
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 2016: 6,952 B shares.
31 December 2017: 10,782 B shares.

  

Mika Majoinen, b. 1963, Master of Laws.
Executive Vice President, Group General Counsel.
Domicile: Helsinki, Finland.
Other major duties: Finnish Commerce Federation: member of the Legal Affairs Committee 2018-, Confederation of Finnish Industries EK: member of the Legal Affairs Committee 2018-.
Employment history: Employed by Kesko Ltd since 1990. Group General Counsel as of 1 January 2018. Executive Vice President, Group General Counsel, Company Secretary for Kesko’s Board of Directors and Group Management Board 2005-2017, division lawyer for Rautakesko Ltd 2001-2005, lawyer for the Builders’ and Agricultural Supplies Division 1998-2001, development manager at Kesko Corporation’s Legal Affairs Department 1996-1998, lawyer at Kesko Corporation’s Legal Affairs Department 1990-1996.
Member of the Group Management Board since: 1 January 2018.
Kesko shares held: 
1 January 2018: 9,669 B shares.

 

Anni Ronkainen, b. 1966, Master of Science (Economics).
Executive Vice President, Chief Digital Officer.
Domicile: Helsinki, Finland.
Other major duties: Invesdor Oy: member of the Board 2018-; The Association of Finnish Advertisers: member of the Board 2018; 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 2015-2017; 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 2016: 2,670 B shares.
31 December 2017: 6,500 B shares.

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