Changes in Metsä Group Executive Management Team

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Metsä Group Stock Exchange Release 13 September 2018 at 1 pm EEST

LL.M. Esa Kaikkonen has been appointed CEO of Metsä Tissue Corporation, the tissue and cooking paper business of Metsä Group. Kaikkonen has since 2013 led Metsä Group’s Wood Products Industry, Metsä Wood, and he has worked as Metsä Group’s General Counsel during 2003–2012. Petri Helsky, who was the CEO of Metsä Tissue Corporation since 2015, leaves the company.

M.Sc (Agriculture and Forestry), Metsäneuvos (Finnish honorary title) Juha Mäntylä has been appointed COO of Metsä Group’s parent company Metsäliitto Cooperative. In addition to his current positon as the head of Metsä Group’s Wood Supply and Forest Services, i.e. Metsä Forest, Mäntylä becomes responsible for Metsä Wood. Mäntylä has led Wood Supply and Forest Services since 2008. He has had several other Metsä Group’s wood supply related managerial positions since 1998.

”Metsä Tissue is a strong tissue and cooking paper producer who operates in many different fields and has leading consumer brands. Petri Helsky has actively developed Metsä Tissue’s operations and I want to thank him for this work. A new development phase will now begin in Metsä Tissue with the target to reduce operational complexity and improve internal efficiency. Metsä Forest and Metsä Wood are from now on led as one entity, that will bring improvements in operational efficiency,” says Metsä Group’s President and CEO Ilkka Hämälä.

Metsä Group’s Executive Management Team consists of the following persons as of 13 September 2018:

  • Ilkka Hämälä, President and CEO
  • Vesa-Pekka Takala, CFO, Deputy Managing Director, Metsäliitto Cooperative
  • Juha Mäntylä, COO, Metsäliitto Cooperative
  • Esa Kaikkonen, CEO, Metsä Tissue Corporation
  • Mika Joukio, CEO, Metsä Board Corporation
  • Ismo Nousiainen, CEO, Metsä Fibre Oy


Requests for further information, please contact:

Juha Laine, SVP, Communications, Metsä Group, tel. +358 10 465 4541