Finnair has appointed Turkka Kuusisto as its new chief executive from July 11, 2024.
Kuusisto will take over from current chief executive Topi Manner who will leave the company on January 15.
Kuusisto will join Finnair from Posti Group Corporation where he has served as the chief executive since 2020. Before that role, he served in senior leadership positions in Posti Group Corporation and in Lindorff Group.
Sanna Suvanto-Harsaae, Finnair chair of the board of directors, said: “I am happy to welcome Turkka Kuusisto to take the helm of Finnair and drive the next phases of Finnair’s strategy.
Finnair has restored its profitability after the historic double crisis, and the company is well positioned to continue to build a sustainable future, offering excellent connections via its Helsinki hub to both Finns and to customers travelling between Europe and Asia, the Middle East, and Americas.
“Turkka brings to Finnair his strong understanding of complex industries and his proven people leadership and strategy skills, which will benefit Finnair as Finnair now moves to the next phase in its strategy.”
Kuusisto said: “Finnair embodies to me Finnish spirit and global connections, and it has a long and unique heritage as a 100-year-old airline.
“I am excited and humble to take on the role of CEO in this iconic company. Working side by side with all Finnair colleagues and carefully listening to our customers, I trust our joint journey will be a successful one.”
Jaakko Schildt, Finnair‘s chief operating officer, will act as an interim-chief executive between January 15 and July 11.
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