Mr. Vesa Simola (M.Sc. (Eng), age 47) has been appointed Area President of Valmet's EMEA area as of 1 August, 2015. He will be a member of Valmet's Executive Team and report to President and CEO Pasi Laine.
Vesa Simola joins Valmet from Stora Enso, where he is currently employed as Senior Vice President, Consumer Board Division. During his career Vesa has gained international experience in 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.
Mr. Hannu Mälkiä, the current EMEA Area President has decided to retire in June 2015.
"It is a pleasure to welcome Vesa Simola to our Executive Team to increase customer-centricity and develop our EMEA operations further. 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," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet.
For further information, please contact:
Pasi Laine, President and CEO, Valmet, tel. +358 10 672 0001
Vesa Simola's CV:
Vesa Simola has been appointed EMEA Area President as of August 1, 2015. Prior to that he was employed as Senior Vice President of the Consumer Board Division at Stora Enso (2012-2015). Mr. Simola has worked in many different management positions at Stora Enso: Senior Vice President, Liquid and Food Service Board Business Unit 2008-2012, Vice President, Food Service Boards and Fresh Liquid Packaging Boards 2006-2008, Sales Manager/ Director, Liquid Packaging Board 1999-2006, and Production Manager, Tainionkoski Mill 1998-1999. Mr. Simola worked as Production Manager, Heinola Fluting Mill at Enso Oy 1995-1998 and as R&D Engineer at Keräyskuitu Oy 1993-1995. Mr. Simola holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering.
Valmet Corporation is the leading global developer and supplier of technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. Valmet's vision is to become the global champion in serving its customers.
Valmet's services cover everything from maintenance outsourcing to mill and plant improvements and spare parts. The strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bio-energy production. Valmet's advanced automation solutions range from single measurements to mill wide turnkey automation projects.
Valmet's net sales in 2014 were approximately EUR 2.5 billion. Our 12,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd.