Group Executive Team

Jussi Pesonen

President and CEO, Chairman of GET
  • Member of the Group Executive Team since 2001
  • Employed by the UPM Group since 1987, President and CEO since 2004
  • Born 1960, Finnish citizen
  • M.Sc.(Eng.)
Career history
  • COO of the UPM Paper Divisions and Deputy to the President and CEO 2001–2004​
  • Several management positions in UPM Paper Divisions 1987–2001
Key positions of trust
  • Chairman of the Board of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation (FFIF)
  • Chairman of the Board of the Finland Chamber of Commerce and ICC Finland
  • Board member of UPM-Kymmene Corporation
  • Board member of the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI)
  • Board member of the East Office of Finnish Industries Oy

Tapio Korpeinen

CFO, Executive Vice President, UPM Energy
  • Member of the Group Executive Team since 2008
  • Employed by the UPM Group since 2005
  • Born 1963, Finnish citizen
  • M.Sc. (Tech.), MBA
Career history
  • Chief Financial Officer since 2010
  • President, Energy and Pulp Business Group 2008–2010
  • Vice President, Corporate Development and Senior Vice President, Strategy 2005–2008
  • Several management positions at Jaakko Pöyry Consulting in Finland and North America 1991–1998 and 1999–2005
  • A.T. Kearney in Finland 1998–1999
  • McKinsey & Company in Sweden 1988–1990
Key positions of trust
  • Chairman of the Board of Pohjolan Voima Oy
  • Vice Chairman of the Board of Kemijoki Oy
  • Board member of Teollisuuden Voima Oyj
  • Supervisory Board member of Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company

Bernd Eikens

Executive Vice President, UPM Specialty Papers
  • Member of the Group Executive Team since 2013
  • Employed by the UPM Group since 1998
  • Born 1965, German citizen
  • Ph.D.
Career history
  • Executive Vice President, UPM Paper ENA 2013–2016
  • Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, Paper Business Group 2008–2013
  • President, UPM-Kymmene Inc. North America 2005–2008
  • Several management positions at UPM Nordland Papier 1998–2005
  • ​​​Senior Process Engineer, International Paper Co. 1996–1998
Key positions of trust
  • Supervisory Board member of Johann Bunte Bauunternehmung GmbH & Co. KG

Pirkko Harrela

Executive Vice President, Stakeholder Relations
  • Member of the Group Executive Team since 2004
  • Employed by the UPM Group since 1985
  • Born 1960, Finnish citizen
  • M.A.
Career history
  • Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications 2004–2013
  • Vice President, Corporate Communications 2003
  • Several positions in Communications in Finnpap and UPM Paper Division 1985–2002
Key positions of trust
  • Member of S-Group's CRS Advisory Group
  • Supervisory Board member of WWF Finland
  • Board member of Deutsch-Finnische Handelskammer (German-Finnish Chamber of Commerce)
  • Board member of Satalinna Foundation
  • Member of the Board of Governors of the Association for Finnish Work
  • Board member of UPM-Kymmene Cultural Foundation

Antti Jääskeläinen

Executive Vice President, UPM Raflatac
  • Member of the Group Executive Team since 2016
  • Employed by the UPM Group since 2014
  • Born 1972, Finnish citizen
  • M.Sc. (Eng.), M.Sc. (Econ.), MBA
Career history
  • Senior Vice President, EMEIA, UPM Raflatac 2014–2016
  • Senior Vice President, Head of Global Operations, Amer Sports 2012–2014
  • Chief Development Officer, member of the Group Executive Board, Amer Sports 2009–2014
  • Several management positions at Stora Enso in Finland, Sweden and the UK 2004–2009
  • Engagement Manager & Associate, McKinsey & Company 2002–2004
  • Business Operations Manager, Nokia Networks in Finland and Italy 1998–2001
  • Financial Analyst, Enso Group 1997–1998

Juha Mäkelä

General Counsel
  • ​Member of the Group Executive Team since 2008
  • Employed by the UPM Group since 2005
  • Born 1962, Finnish citizen
  • LL.M.
Career history
  • Group General Counsel since 2005
  • ​Positions as legal counsel and senior legal counsel in KONE Corporation 1997–2004
  • Several positions in law firms 1991–1996
Key positions of trust
  • Supervisory Board member of Kemijoki Oy

Jyrki Ovaska

Executive Vice President, Technology
  • Member of the Group Executive Team since 2002
  • Employed by the UPM Group since 1984
  • Born 1958, Finnish citizen
  • M.Sc. (Eng.)
Career history
  • President, Paper Business Group 2008–2013
  • President, Magazine Paper Division 2004–2008
  • President, Fine and Speciality Papers Division 2002–2003
  • Several management positions at United Paper Mills Ltd and UPM in the Printing Papers Division 1984–2001
Key positions of trust
  • Chairman of the Board of CLIC Innovation Oy
  • Member of the Finnish Research and Innovation Council
  • Vice Chairman of AmCham Finland (the American Chamber of Commerce in Finland)

Riitta Savonlahti

Executive Vice President, Human Resources
  • Member of the Group Executive Team since 2004
  • Employed by the UPM Group since 2004
  • Born 1964, Finnish citizen
  • M.Sc. (Econ.)
Career history
  • Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Elcoteq Network Corporation 2001–2004
  • Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Raisio Group 2000–2001
  • Human Resources Manager at Nokia Mobile Phones, Salo Operations 1995–2000
  • HR Specialist positions at ABB 1990–1994
Key positions of trust
  • Supervisory Board member of Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company
  • Member of Labour Markets Committee of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation (FFIF)

Winfried Schaur

Executive Vice President, UPM PAPER ENA
  • Member of the Group Executive Team since 2016
  • Employed by the UPM Group since 2001
  • Born 1965, German citizen
  • Dipl.Ing. (FH) 

Career history
  • Senior Vice President, Newspaper Publishing, UPM Paper ENA 2013–2016
  • General Manager, Ettringen mill, UPM Paper Business Group 2011–2013
  • General Manager, Schongau mill, UPM Paper Business Group 2007–2013
  • Several leadership positions in the UPM paper business 2001–2007
  • Project Manager, Investments, Haindl Papier GmbH 1993–2001
  • Project Engineer, Hoerbiger Automotive 1991–1992
Key positions of trust
  • Chairman of the Board of the German Pulp and Paper Association (VDP)
  • Board member of EURO-GRAPH asbl, the European Association of Graphic Paper Producers

Mika Sillanpää

Executive Vice President, UPM Plywood
  • Member of the Group Executive Team since 2013
  • Employed by the UPM Group since 1985
  • Born 1958, Finnish citizen
  • M.Sc. (Eng.)
Career history
  • Vice President, Sourcing, UPM Raflatac Group 2008–2013
  • Senior Vice President, Strategic Development, UPM Raflatac Group 2003–2008
  • Vice President, UPM Raflatac Europe 2001–2003
  • Several management positions at UPM Raflatac in Finland and in France 1985–2000
Key positions of trust
  • Board member of the Federation of the Finnish Woodworking Industries 

Kari Ståhlberg

Executive Vice President, Strategy
  • Member of the Group Executive Team since 2013
  • Employed by the UPM Group since 2007
  • Born 1971, Finnish citizen
  • M.Sc. (Eng.)
Career history
  • Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy 2010–2013
  • Director, M&A 2007–2010
  • Investment Manager at Finnish Industry Investment Ltd. 2006–2007
  • M&A Advisor at JP Capital International Limited in the UK 2000–2006
  • Management Consultant at Jaakko Pöyry Consulting Oy 1998–2000

Heikki Vappula

Executive Vice President, UPM Biorefining
  • Member of the Group Executive Team since 2010
  • Employed by the UPM Group since 2006
  • Born 1967, Finnish citizen
  • M.Sc. (Econ.)
Career history
  • President, Energy and Pulp Business Group 2010–2013
  • Senior Vice President, UPM Sourcing 2006–2010
  • Several management positions at Nokia Corporation in Finland, Denmark, the UK and Hungary 1993–2006
Key positions of trust
  • Board member of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation (FFIF)