Kesko appoints Karoliina Partanen SVP Communications and Identity and Eeva Salmenpohja VP Public Affairs

20171023 HELSINKI Kesko, henkilökuvaus Eeva Salmenpohja KUVA ©Riitta Supperi

20171023 HELSINKI Kesko, henkilökuvaus Karoliina Partanen KUVA ©Riitta Supperi

Karoliina Partanen appointed Senior Vice President, Communications and Identity and Eeva Salmenpohja Vice President, Public Affairs under the President and CEO at Kesko

Helsinki, Finland, 2017-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Karoliina Partanen, M.Sc. (Soc.), (40), has been appointed Senior Vice President, Communications and Identity at Kesko Group as of 1 November 2017. Partanen has previously worked as Kesko’s grocery trade division’s Vice President of Communications and a member of the Management Board. Before joining Kesko, Partanen held various executive positions in global communications, marketing and brand management at Metso Corporation, and worked for the management consultancy Pohjoisranta Burson-Marsteller as Senior Advisor.

Eeva Salmenpohja, M.Sc. (Soc.), (38), has been appointed Vice President, Public Affairs at Kesko Group as of 1 November 2017. Salmenpohja joined Kesko on 1 February 2017, having previously worked as Special Adviser for the Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services and in various labour and education policy expert positions at Akava and the Finnish Association of Business School Graduates.

Both Partanen and Salmenpohja will report to President and CEO Mikko Helander.

“These appointments reflect the efforts by K Group and Kesko to engage in more active and interactive communications and management of stakeholder relations and K Group’s role as an active member of society. I am happy to have Karoliina Partanen and Eeva Salmenpohja join my core team. Their experience and background represent the kind of expertise the transforming K Group will need in the multifaceted communications landscape of the future,” says Mikko Helander, President and CEO.

Further information: Matti Mettälä, Executive Vice President, HR, tel. +358 10 532 2200

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Kesko and K-retailers form the K Group, whose sales total over €13 billion. K Group is the third largest retail operator in Northern Europe and it employs approximately 45,000 people. Kesko operates in the grocery trade, the building and technical trade and the car trade. Its divisions and chains act in close cooperation with retailer entrepreneurs and other partners. Kesko’s net sales are €10 billion and it employs approximately 28,000 people. Kesko has nearly 2,000 stores engaged in chain operations in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus and Poland. Kesko is a listed company and its shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. The company’s domicile and main business premises are in Helsinki. Kesko is the world’s most responsible trading sector company (The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World) www.kesko.fi

SOURCE: Kesko Corporation

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 (www.kesko.fi) 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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