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New chairman for Södra group board as Segerstéen resigns

manufacturer Södra following the resignation of Christer Segersteén after 24 years on the board. Segersteén, who is 65 this year, has been Södra’s vice chairman for 18 years and four as chairman. “I have spent many fun, exciting and challenging years with Södra,” said Segersteén. “Södra is now moving forward, with a new group strategy under new management. Although I will miss Södra, it’s time for others to take over and it feels satisfying to hand over a company that is stable, profitable and financially sound.” Lena Ek has worked politically


at municipal, county, national and EU levels, and serves on the board of the Swedish Centre Party as well as its Executive Committee. She was Minister for

ena Ek has been proposed as the next chairman of Swedish forest-products

Lena Ek

the Environment from 2011- 2014 under the Swedish Alliance government and since the election in 2014, has been a Member of the Riksdag and Deputy Chair of the Committee on Environment and Agriculture. Ek has been a board member of Södra for many years, and owns forest properties outside Mönsterås where she grew up. She served on Södra’s Board from 2000-2010. Ek said: “Södra is an important

Christer Segersteen

organisation and means a lot to us as members. Whatever forest owners do, they can always turn to Södra, and the value that Södra generates for us as its owners is fantastic. The forest and forest fibre industries have enormous potential in terms of new products and new markets.” Ek was due to be proposed, along with new board member Hans Berggren, by Södra’s nomination committee during the AGM in May.

In a separate announcement Carina Olson, Södra’s financial chief and purchasing director said she is stepping down to become financial chief at Praktikertjänst. “I have spent 14 fantastic years

at Södra, but am now at a stage in my life where I am ready for a change. The role of CFO for Praktikertjänst will be an exciting challenge for me, where I believe my experience from Södra will be extremely useful,” she said.

Simola to move from Stora Enso to Valmet

Vesa Simola has been appointed as Valmet’s area president of for the Europe and Middle East from August. His appointment follows the

resignation of Hannu Mälkiä, who will give up the post in June. Simola will be a member of Valmet’s Executive Team and report to chief executive Pasi Laine.

Simola, 47, joins Valmet

from Stora Enso, where he is senior vice president of the Consumer Board Division. During his career he has gained international experience in

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general management covering sales, production, R&D and supply chain by working in a global paper company. He has vast experience of managing international customer relationships, leading organizations, generating sales and driving profitability. “It is a pleasure to welcome

Vesa Simola to our executive team to increase customer- centricity and develop our EMEA operations further,” said Pasi Laine. “Vesa has a strong and versatile experience in leading international sales in

one of our most important customer segments. “I also want to thank Hannu

Mälkiä for his long and successful career at Valmet and for his dedication in moving Valmet forward by serving our customers.” While at Stora Enso, Simola

worked in a number of positions, starting as production manager at the Tainionkoski Mill in 1998, director at liquid packaging board from 1999 to 2006, vice president of food service boards and fresh liquid packaging boards to 2008 and

Vesa Simola

then senior vice president of the liquid and food service board business unit to 2012.

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