Managing Director and Management Group

Managing Director

In accordance with the Finnish Companies Act, the Board of Directors appoints a Managing Director for the Company. The Managing Director attends to the day-to-day administration of the Company in accordance with the instructions and regulations laid down by the Board. The Managing Director sees to the legality of the Company’s accounts and to the reliable organisation of treasury management. Only with the consent of the Board of Directors may the Managing Director take measures deviating from the Company’s normal business activities, except in the case that the time needed for getting the Board’s approval would land the Company in a situation in which it would suffer considerable damage. In the latter case, the Board of Directors shall be informed about any measures taken as soon as possible.

Markus Gotthardt (b. 1963)
MScEcon. With the Company since 2022, CEO. No shareholdings in the Company.


Other executives

The Company’s Management Group assists the Managing Director. It prepares the Company’s strategies, budgets, policies and major investments, acquisitions and divestments for the Board of Directors. In addition, the Management Group deals with issues relating to reporting, corporate image, personnel remuneration and investor relations.

Apart from the Managing Director, the Management Group includes:

Mikko Hovén (b. 1974)
Commercial college graduate with upper secondary school diploma. With the Company since 2000, Sales Director since 2015. No shareholdings in the Company.

Ari Kuutschin
Ari Kuutschin (s. 1962)
LL.M. With the Company since 2022, director (HR and IT) since 2023. No shareholdings in the Company.

Sameli Mäkelä (b. 1976)
M.Sc. (Tech). With the Company since 2009, Production Director since 2014. No shareholdings in the Company.

Taina Pallasvesa (b. 1968)
Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration. With the company since 2019, CFO since 2024. No shareholdings in the Company.

Julio Suarez Christiansen (b. 1966)
B.Sc. (Tech). With the company since 1987, Business Director (Brands and international producers) since 2015. No shareholdings in the Company.

Samantha Vesala (b. 1969)
EMBA. With the Company since 2014 as Business Director (Marketing and Business relations). No shareholdings in the Company.


Updated: May 2024