Group Management Team

Robert Andersson, b. 1960
M.Sc., MBA
President & CEO

Mr. Andersson was appointed Oriola Corporation´s President & CEO effective February 12, 2018. He joined Oriola from Telia Company where held several senior roles including Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Holdings, Executive Vice President and Head of Region Europe, and President and CEO of TeliaSonera, Finland. He was a member of Telia Company’s Group Management since 2012. Prior to Telia Company, Mr Andersson held several international managerial and executive positions within Nokia, including serving on Nokia’s Group Executive Board 2005-2009 as Executive Vice President Customer and Market Operations and Executive Vice President Devices Finance, Strategy and Sourcing.

Thomas Gawell, b. 1963
M.Sc. (Econ.)
Vice President, Healthcare Business
Managing Director of Oriola AB

Mr. Thomas Gawell was appointed Vice President of Oriola-KD’s Healthcare Business as of 1 January, 2016. Mr. Gawell served as Vice President of Oriola-KD’s Pharmaceutical Wholesale business in Sweden and Managing Director of Oriola AB in 2009-2015. Before that, Gawell held the position of Financial Manager of Oriola AB since 2001, and before joining Oriola AB Gawell held several Financial Management positions for over 10 years.

Helena Kukkonen, b.1972
Helena KukkonenM.Sc. (Econ.)
Chief Financial Officer

Helena Kukkonen has been appointed Oriola Corporation’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and  member of Group Management Team as of March 12, 2018.  Mrs. Kukkonen worked previously as CFO at SSH Communications Security. Kukkonen has an extensive 20 years´ experience in demanding financial positions at Microsoft, Nokia, Sonera and Cultor.

Tuula Lehto, b. 1973
Group Communications Director

Tuula Lehto was appointed Oriola’s Group Communications Director as of  1 October 2017 and a member of Group Management Team as of 1 July 2018. Before joining Oriola, she worked as Senior Consultant and Consultant at communications agency Pohjoisranta Burson-Marsteller in 2011–2017. Earlier Lehto has been working in corporate communications at different organizations and roles in companies such as Finnish Slot Machine Association, Yara International, Kemira GrowHow Oyj and Veikkaus.


Charlotta Nyström, b.1972
M.Sc. (Engineering)

Charlotta Nyström has been appointed Oriola Corporation’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) and  member of Group Management Team starting June 1, 2018. Mrs. Nyström worked previously as CIO at Kemira Corporation, where she has worked since 2004 both in IT and Business Development functions. From 1998 to 2004 she worked at Fujitsu as SAP Consultant. Nyström has a strong track record in IT and business development.


Petter Sandström, b. 1976
General Councel

Petter Sandström was appointed Oriola’s Legal Counsel in 2008, General Counsel in 2012 and  member of Group Management Team as of July 1, 2018. Before joining Oriola, he worked as an Attorney at Castrén & Snellman Attorneys.

Teija Silver, b. 1964
M.Sc. (Econ)
Vice President, Human Resources

Ms. Teija Silver was appointed Vice President, Human Resources of Oriola-KD Corporation in October 2006. She joined Oriola-KD from GE Healthcare Finland where she held the position of Director, Human Resources. Before that she served in Nokia Networks as Director and Manager, Human Resources.

Anders Torell, b.1967
M.Sc. (Engineering)
Vice President, Consumer Business
Managing Director, Kronans Apotek

Anders Torell was appointed Vice President of Oriola's Consumer Business Area and member of Oriola's Group Management Team as of January 2, 2018. Mr. Torell is also the Managing Director of Kronans Apotek.

He has previously served as Program Director for Digital Development and Organizational Effectiveness at ICA Sweden. Torell has over 10 years of experience from the retail business at ICA and extensive experience from logistics operations in various companies, such as Carlsberg and Baltic Beverages Holding. Anders Torell is member of the Board of Directors of SMV Industrier.


The members of the Group Management Team are nominated by The Board of Directors. The Group Management Team convenes regularly to address matters concerning the entire Group. The Group Management Team is not a decision-making body. It assists the President and CEO in the implementation of Group strategy and in operational management, and facilitates the Group-wide distribution of information concerning the entire Group.

Oriola's Group Management Team's (GMT) responsibilities:

  • Andersson Robert, President and CEO
  • Gawell Thomas, Vice President, Healthcare Business
  • Kukkonen Helena, CFO
  • Lehto Tuula, Group Communications Director
  • Nyström Charlotta, CIO
  • Sandström Petter, General Counsel
  • Silver Teija, Vice President, HR
  • Torell Anders, Vice President, Consumer Business

Further information on the remuneration of the members of the Group Management Team can be found in the Remuneration Statement and in the Financial Statement.