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Kesko names Karoliina Partanen grocery trade division’s VP Communications

HELSINKI, Finland, 2015-5-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Karoliina Partanen, 38, M.Sc. (Soc.), has been appointed Kesko’s grocery trade division’s (Kesko Food Ltd) Vice President, Communications and a member of the Management Board as of 11 May 2015.

She has previously worked for nearly 10 years for Metso Corporation in various executive positions in global communications, marketing and brand management, most recently as Vice President, Global Marketing & Brand.

Before Metso, Karoliina Partanen worked for management consultancy Pohjoisranta Burson-Marsteller as Senior Advisor.

The position of the Vice President, Communications is a new one in Kesko’s grocery trade division.

Ari Svensk appointed grocery trade division’s Vice President, Human Resources

Ari Svensk, 51, M.Sc. (Econ.), has been appointed Kesko grocery trade division’s (Kesko Food Ltd) Vice President responsible for human resources and a member of the Management Board as of 1 June 2015. He has previously held various executive positions in Kesko Food’s business; most recently Svensk has been Kesko’s Vice President, Human Resources and Managing Director of K-instituutti Oy.

The grocery trade division is Kesko’s largest division. In 2014, its net sales totalled €4.7 billion.

Both Karoliina Partanen and Ari Svensk will report to Senior Vice President Jorma Rauhala.

Further information:

Jorma Rauhala, Senior Vice President, grocery trade division, tel. +358 105 322 211

Lauri Peltola, Senior Vice President, corporate responsibility, communications and stakeholder relations, tel. +358 105 322 400

Kesko ( is a retail specialist whose stores offer quality to the daily lives of consumers. Kesko has about 2,000 stores engaged in chain operations in the Nordic and Baltic countries, Russia, and Belarus.


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