LONDON – Finnair has announced this week that current CEO Pekka Vauramo will be leaving his post with immediate effect to take on the role of Metso Group.

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The Chief Financial Officer of the carrier, Pekka Vähähyyppä will take over the role from September 4 until December 31 this year, with Topi Manner taking over the role from January 1, 2019. 

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Jouko Karvinen, the Chairman of the Board at Finnair commented on this new appointment, not featuring thanks to Vauramo for his efforts.

“Topi Manner has extensive experience in both private and corporate customer business, and he has played a strong role in the digital transformation and customer service development of his bank.

We believe Topi’s people-centric leadership is an excellent fit for a service company like Finnair, which is all about people, both personnel, and customers.

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Finnair has been transforming fast over the past years, and we continue to advance both our customer experience and our transformation.”

Manner also commented on his own appointment.

”Finnair is an iconic, renewing Finnish company with a significant national role. The Finnair team has done excellent work over the past few years.

I am proud to have been selected to be part of Finnair’s competent team to build the company’s future and to develop the experiences related to flying and travel together with other Finnair employees.

Finnair Airbus A321. (Credits: Valentin Hintikka)

I know Finnair people are strongly committed to the company which gives us a good ground to continue Finnair’s strategy implementation.”

Manner has been at Nordea Bank from April 2006 up to January 2019, being in several roles such as Head of Branch Region, all the way to CEO of the bank for 10 months.

He then became Head of Personal Banking in July 2016, which is his present job. 

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Finnair will be hoping that based on the success that Vauramo has left behind, featuring new route openings and new aircraft deliveries, he can continue to put the airline in that direction.

It will be interesting to see what Manner has planned for the carrier as we enter the new year.