CEO and management

The President and CEO is in charge of the day-to-day management of Oriola and is assisted by the Group Management Team.

The Board of Directors appoints and dismisses the President and CEO of Oriola.

The President and CEO is in charge of the day-to-day management of the company and its administration in accordance with the Finnish Companies Act and the instructions and orders of the Board of Directors. The President and CEO also ensures that accounts of the company comply with Finnish law and that its financial affairs have been organised in a reliable manner. The President and CEO is assisted in his work by the Group Management Team. The President and CEO’s service terms and conditions are specified in writing in the President and CEO’s service contract, which is approved by the Board of Directors.

Mr. Juko Hakala was appointed Oriola Corporation's acting President & CEO effective February 1, 2021. He is also a member of Oriola Corporation’s Board of Directors since March 2018. Mr. Hakala has an extensive experience in CEO and other leadership positions in listed companies in Finland and in Nordic countries. He is a board member in companies in the health sector and advises sustainability focused start-ups.

During 2019 he was the Group CEO for the incorporation and strategic steering of Traffic Management Finland Group, Finland's state-owned corporation for land, sea and air traffic management. During 2014–2017 he was the Group CEO for Affecto plc, a Northern European market leader for data and analytics professional services which was listed in Helsinki Stock Exchange prior to being sold to CGI in 2017. Prior to Affecto, Mr Hakala held several leadership positions at Accenture Nordics, including Managing Director, Digital, Technology Strategy and Infrastructure Services.

Further information on remuneration and terms of service of the President and CEO of Oriola can be found in the Remuneration page and in the Annual Report.

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:

  • Hakala Juko, President and CEO
  • Gabrielson Katarina, Vice President, Business Area Retail
  • Kariniemi Anne, Vice President, Operations
  • Kukkonen Helena, CFO
  • Lehto Tuula, Group Communications Director
  • Nyström Charlotta, CIO
  • Pamp Fredrik, Vice President, Business Area Pharma
  • Sandström Petter, General Counsel
  • Silver Teija, Vice President, HR
  • Torell Anders, Vice President, Business Area Consumer

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

Group Management Team members

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Juko Hakala, b. 1970
M.Sc. (Economics)
President & CEO
Finnish citizen

Mr. Juko Hakala was appointed Oriola Corporation's acting President & CEO effective February 1, 2021. He is also a member of Oriola Corporation's Board of Directors since March 2018. He is a board member in companies in the health sector and advises sustainability focused start-ups. During 2019 he was the Group CEO for the incorporation and strategic steering of Traffic Management Finland Group, Finland's state-owned corporation for land, sea and air traffic management. During 2014–2017 he was the Group CEO for Affecto plc, a Northern European market leader for data and analytics professional services which was listed in Helsinki Stock Exchange prior to being sold to CGI in 2017. Prior to Affecto, Mr Hakala held several leadership positions at Accenture Nordics, including Managing Director, Digital, Technology Strategy and Infrastructure Services.

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Katarina Gabrielson, b. 1969
M. Sc.
Vice President, Business Area Retail
Swedish citizen

Katarina Gabrielson was appointed Vice President of Oriola’s Business Area Retail and member of Group Management Team as of 1 January 2019. Gabrielson joined Oriola in 2012 as Director for the Business Unit Pharmacy in Sweden and served as Director for the Retail Business Unit 2017-2018. Before joining Oriola, she has been working in the retail sector in various roles within companies such as Axfood and Reitan.

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Anne Kariniemi, b. 1970
M.Sc.Eng.
Vice President, Operations
Finnish citizen

Anne Kariniemi was appointed Vice President of Oriola’s group function Operations and member of Group Management Team as of 21 January 2019. Before joining Oriola, Kariniemi worked as CEO at Akateeminen Kirjakauppa since 2016 and as CEO at Porvoon Kirjakeskus Oy in 2012-2016. Kariniemi has also solid working experience from logistics operations in various roles from Nokia Mobile Phones, from Onninen Oy and from Oriola-KD Corporation, where she worked as a Vice President, logistics and sourcing in 2007-2011.

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Helena Kukkonen, b.1972
M.Sc. (Econ.)
Chief Financial Officer
Finnish citizen

Helena Kukkonen was 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.

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Tuula Lehto, b. 1973
M.Pol.Sc
Vice President, Communications and Sustainability
Finnish citizen

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. Her title was changed to Vice President, Communications and Sustainability as of 17 February 2020. Before joining Oriola, she worked as Senior 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.

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Charlotta Nyström, b.1972
M.Sc. (Engineering)
CIO
Finnish citizen

Charlotta Nyström was 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.

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Fredrik Pamp, b. 1971
M.Sc.
Vice President, Business Area Pharma
Swedish citizen

Fredrik Pamp was appointed Vice President of Oriola's Business Area Pharma and member of Oriola's Group Management Team as of 17 February 2020. Mr. Pamp worked as Sales and Marketing Director in Oriola’s Business Area Pharma in 2019-2020, and he has solid experience from pharmaceutical wholesale business in various roles in Oriola. Before joining Oriola in 2009, Pamp worked in Deb Group as a Nordic Sales Director (2008-2009) and before this several years in SCA Hygiene Products (1996-2008).

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Petter Sandström, b. 1976
LL.M
General Counsel
Finnish citizen

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.

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

Ms. Teija Silver was appointed Vice President, Human Resources of Oriola Corporation in October 2006. She joined Oriola 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.

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

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.