Group Leadership Team


(Nominated on 8 Feb 2017)


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The changes published on 8 Nov 2017 are here.



JARI LATVANEN (born 1964) 
President and CEO 
Finnish national

Key employment history:
Stora Enso Oyj, EVP, Consumer Board division 2015-10/2016
Findus Group, CEO, Findus Nordic 2010–2014
Nestlé Cesko, Market Head 2008-2010
Nestlé Zone Europe, Assistant Vice President 2007–2008
Nestlé Sverige Ltd, Country Manager Sweden 2003–2007
Zoegas Coffee Ltd , Managing Director 2003–2007
Nestlé Norden, Nordic Marketing Director 2001–2003
Suomen Nestlé Oy, National Sales Director 2000–2001
HK Ruokatalo Oy, Commercial and Sales Management positions 1995-2000
Fazer Leipomot Oy, Sales Management positions 1989–1995

Main Board memberships and public duties undertaken:
Finnish Food and Drink Industries' Federation, member of the Board 2017 -  





HELI ARANTOLA (born 1969)
EVP Categories and Concepts
D.Sc. (Econ.)
Finnish national

Key employment history:
Fazer Group, SVP, Strategy and Renewal and Managing Director, Fazer Mills Business Unit 2012–2016
Fazer Group, Marketing, Branding and Business Development 2010–2 012
Vectia Ltd, partner and management consultant 2000–2010
Sonera Corporation, Business Development and Marketing 1990–1 999

Main Board membership and public duties:
S-Bank Ltd, Member of the Board of Directors 2014-
Tobii AB, Member of the Board of Directors, 2016-
Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK), Business Transformation committee, Chair 2017-, Member 2012-





EVP Market Area Sweden 
M.Sc. (Econ.)
Swedish national  

Key employment history: :
Findus Sverige AB, Sales Director Retail, Head of Marketing and Category Development retail, Head of Portfolio & Category Development retail 2013 –2017
HKScan, Sweden, Head of Category 2013; Pärsons Sverige AB, Marketing Manager, Category Manager 2009–2013
Nestlé Sverige AB, Key Account Manager, Marketing Manager, Category Sales Development Manager (Zoégas Kaffe), Assistant Brand Manager 2001–2009


JYRKI KARLSSON (born 1969)
EVP Market Area Finland
M.Sc. (Eng)
Finnish national

Key employment history:
EVP of HKScan's consumer business in Finland and the Baltics, 2 November - 19 December 2016 
Kesko Food Oy, Sourcing Director of fresh goods, 2015 – 10/2016
Kespro Oy, Sourcing and Supply chain Director, 2013 – 2015
Unilever Finland and Norway, Managing Director Unilever Foodsolutions, 2009 – 2013
Unilever Baltic, Chairman, 2007 – 2010
Unilever Finland, National Supply Chain and Customer Marketing Director, 2005 – 2007
Several management positions within Unilever's Business processes, Supply chain and IT functions in Sweden, Belgium and UK, 1995 – 2005
Sales and customer service roles in Unilever Finland 1992 - 1994



ANU MANKKI (born 1963)
Finnish national

Key employment history:
JFP Executive Search Oy, Senior Consultant 2016
Componenta Corporation, SVP, Human resources and internal communication 2005 – 2016
Metso Corporation, VP, HRD and other senior/executive HR positions in Finland and abroad 1999 – 2005
Valmet Paper Machines, various HR managerial positions in Finland and abroad 1987–1999



ANNE MERE (born 1971)
EVP Market Area Baltics
Estonian national

Key employment history:
HKScan CMO 2013 - 01/2017
EVP of HKScan’s business segments of Finland and the Baltics 2012-2013
AS Rakvere Lihakombinaat, Managing Director 2008−2012 and Marketing Director 2003−2008
Austria Tabak Eesti OÜ, Marketing Manager 2000−2003 
Unilever Eesti OÜ, Key Account Manager 1997-2000
Suomen Unilever Oy, Van den Bergh Foods, Representative for Estonia 1994–1997

Main Board memberships and public duties undertaken: 
Board positions in Group companies



JUKKA NIKKINEN (born 1962)
EVP Market Area Denmark, International & Biotech   
M. Sc. (Econ.)
Finnish national

Key employment history: 
EVP HKScan Away from Home 2012 - 01/2017  
Rautakirja Oy, Senior Vice President, Business development and strategy, member of Rautakirja Group’s management team 2004–2 012
Rautakirja Oy, Kiosk trade, director, international business, member of Kiosk trade business’ management team 2002–2004
Leaf Suomi and Leaf group, various duties 1988-2001, latest as Export Director 1999 – 2001





PIA NYBÄCK (born 1969)
EVP Animal Sourcing & Primary Production
M.Sc. (Eng), eMBA
Finnish national

Key employment history:
VP Animal sourcing & Primary production, SVP Animal sourcing & Producer services, HKScan Oyj, Mar 2016 - Nov 2017
SVP Quality & Corporate Responsibility, HKScan Oyj, Feb 2013 - Mar 2016
Operations Director, ITAB Shop Concept Finland Oy, 2011 - 2013
Director of Arabia and Hackman factories, Iittala Group / Fiskars Oyj 2006 - 2011
Production Director, Development Director, Sako Oy / Beretta Group, 2003 - 2006
During 1994 - 2002 several managerial positions within Quality Management in biotech and medical device business and Senior Inspector in National Agency for Medicines




MIKKO SAARIAHO (born 1977)
EVP Corporate Communications
M. Sc. (Business Administration)
Finnish national

Key employment history:
Finavia Group, Helsinki Airport & regional airports, SVP, Corporate Communications 8/2011–9/2017
Lassila & Tikanoja, Head of Communications 5/2007–7/2011
Yle News, Economic Correspondent, Deputy Managing Editor, 2000–5 /2007












TUOMO VALKONEN (born 1967)
M.Sc. (Econ.)
Finnish national

Key employment history: 
CPS Color, CFO, 2010-2012
Rautaruukki, Vice President, Corporate Finance and Control, 2004-2010
Savcor, General Manager, Beijing, China, 2002-2004
Kyrö, Business Controller, Tianjin, China, 2001-2002
Metsäliitto, Finforest, various managerial positions in finance, sawn timber division 1995-2001