Kesla

Kesla Oyj Direction Group

Simo Saastamoinen, born 1967

Member of the Direction Group since June 2012
Managing Director
Master of Engineering, Master of Science (Cranfield Institute of Technology)

Key professional experience:

  • Managing Director since 2015, Kesla Oyj
  • Financial Director 2012-2015, Kesla Oyj
  • Director, Global capacity and industrial planning 2011, Liteonmobile Oyj
  • Director, Global supply chain management 2008 - 2010, Liteonmobile Oyj (year 2010 as expatriat in Southern China)
  • Director, Global sourcing and logistics 2001 - 2007, Perlos Oyj
  • Logistics Manager 1999 - 2001, Perlos Oyj
  • Product Group Manager 1997 - 1999, Suomen Posti Oy
  • Product Manager 1995 - 1997, Suomen Posti Oy
  • Manager in Production Planning 1993 - 1995, Suomen Posti Oy

 

Paavo Hopponen, born. 1961

Member of the Direction Group since April 2007
Master of Engineering
Production Direction

 
Key professional experience:

  • Production Director since 2007, Kesla Oyj
  • Development Manager (Senior Manager), Verification & Approval Process, Global Operations 2004 - 2007, Perlos Oyj
  • Factory Manager, Tools, Joensuu 1998 - 2004, Regional Manager Suomen muotinvalmistusyksiköt 2002 - 2003, Perlos Oyj
  • Foreman in the mold production unit, Tools, Joensuu 1995 - 1998, Perlos Oy
  • Engineer in Production Planning, Quality and Development duties, The Mold Production Unit in Joensuu Plant 1992 - 1995, Perlos Oy

 

Mika Tahvanainen, born 1974

Member of Direction Group since May 2012
Marketing Director; Business director, wood harvesting
Master of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences

Key professional experience: 

  • Marketing Director since 2012, Kesla Oyj
  • Sales Manager 2010 - 2012, Kesla Oyj
  • Business Development Manager 2008 - 2010, Kesla Oyj
  • Export Manager 2003 - 2008, Kesla Oyj
  • Development Manager 2002 - 2003, Kaduko Oy
  • Researcher 2000 - 2001, Työtehoseura

 

Sarita Kortelainen, born 1981

Member of the Direction Group since August 2017
Financial Manager
B.A.Sc. Accounting and Finance and Bachelor of Forestry

Key professional experience: 

  • Financial Manager since 2015, Kesla Oyj
  • Accountant 2013 - 2015, Kesla Oyj
  • Accountant 2011 - 2013, Visma Services Oy
  • Accountant 2008 - 2011, Tietokate Oy
  • Forestry Counselor 2005 - 2008, Forest Owners Association Lapinlahti

 

Janne Sinkkonen, born 1975

Member of the Direction Group since August 2017
Business Director, Forest equipment for tractors
Agronomist

Key professional experience: 

  • Business Director since 2017, Kesla Oyj
  • Sales Manager 2011 - 2017, Kesla Oyj
  • Sales Manager 2011, Hankkija-Maatalous Oy
  • Market Manager 2006 - 2011, Hankkija-Maatalous Oy
  • Administrative non-commissioned Officer 2005 - 2006, Finnish defence forces
  • Exhibition Manager, Account Manager and Cummunications Manager 2002 - 2005, Hankkija-Maatalous Oy

Ari Pirhonen, s. 1966

Member of the direction group since February 2019
Business Director, Truck and industrial cranes
M. Sc.

Key professional experience: 

  • Business Director, Truck and industrial cranes 2019-, Kesla Oyj
  • Product Manager, Truck and industrial cranes 2017-2019, Kesla Oyj
  • Production Manager 2005-2017, Kesla Oyj
  • Planning Manager 2006-2008, Kesla Oyj
  • Service Manager 2001-2004, Suomen kiitoautot Oy
  • Factory Manager 1998-2001, Konepaja Antti Ranta Oy