Owners, organisation and management


We are part of Metsä Group

Metsä Fibre is owned by its parent company Metsäliitto Cooperative (50.1 per cent), Metsä Board (24.9 per cent) and Itochu Corporation (25.0 per cent). 

Metsä Fibre is part of Metsä Group, which comprises Metsäliitto Cooperative, its two businesses Metsä Forest and Metsä Wood, and the cooperative's subsidiaries Metsä Tissue, Metsä Board and Metsä Fibre. Metsäliitto Cooperative is the parent company of Metsä Group and includes about 100,000 forest owners. 

Metsä Group's ownership base and business structure differentiate it positively from its competitors and provide a long-term perspective on its operations. Through Metsäliitto Cooperative's owner-members, Metsä Group has access to a substantial reserve of premium-quality raw material, providing it with a stable, long-term foundation for the development of its operations and production plants.

Metsä Fibre's Board of Directors

Metsä Fibre's highest decision-making body is the Board of Directors, whose chairman is Ilkka Hämälä, President and CEO of Metsä Group.

The other members are:

Mika Joukio, Member, Metsä Board, CEO

Esa Kaikkonen, Member, Metsä Tissue, CEO

Vesa-Pekka Takala, Member, Metsä Group, CFO

Jin Asada, Member, Itochu Fibre Ltd, CEO

Metsä Fibre's management team

The management team is responsible for operational management and prepares proposals for the Board of Directors. The chairman of Metsä Fibre's management team is Ismo Nousiainen, CEO of Metsä Fibre.

The other members are:

Ari Harmaala, Senior Vice President, Sales and Customership

Sanna Huhtilainen, Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Timi Hyppänen, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain

Antti Kiljunen, CFO

Kaija Pehu-Lehtonen, Senior Vice President, Business Development

Jari Tikkanen, Senior Vice President, Pulp Production


Ismo Nousiainen

b. 1966
M.Sc (Engineering)

CEO, Metsä Fibre Oy Management Team member since 2018
Metsä Fibre Oy, CEO (2018–)
Metsä Fibre Oy, responsible for production (2008–2017)
Oy Metsä-Botnia Ab (now. Metsä Fibre Oy), various management positions (2001–2007)
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, various positions (1996–2001)
Finntech Finnish Technology Ltd Oy, researcher (1993–1996)
Mittaportti Oy, Chairman of the Board (2008–2014)
Botnia Mill Service Oy, Member of the Board  (2007–2017)


Ari Harmaala

b. 1961
Engineer, Construction technology

SVP Sales and Customership, Metsä Fibre Oy Management Team member since 2011

Metsä Fibre Oy, SVP Sales and Customership (2011–)
Metso Paper (China) Co. Ltd, various management positions (2002–2011)
Valmet, various positions (1987–2002)
Enso-Gutzeit, Application Engineer (1986–1987)
EPIS, European Pulp Industry Sector, Chairman of the Board (2016–2018)
 Valmet Xian Paper Machinery Co. Ltd, Board Member (2003–2011)  
Metso Paper (China) Co. Ltd, Chairman of the Board (2003–2011)  
Finnish Business Council Beijing, Board Member (2004–2011)


Sanna Huhtilainen

M.Sc. (Econ.)

SVP HR, Metsä Fibre Oy Management Team member since 2020

Metsä Group, Vice President, recruitment and onboarding 2019-2020 
Metsä Group, HRD Manager 2019 
Metsä Group, Metsä Wood, HR Manager 2014-2019 
Stanley Security Oy, HR Manager, member of the management team 2012-2014
Rautaruukki Oyj, various positions in human resources 2008-2012 
Manpower Oy, various positions in recruitment field 2004-2008


Timi Hyppänen

​Timi Hyppänen

MSc (Engineering), MBA (Economics)

SVP Supply Chain, Metsä Fibre Oy Management Team member since 2022

Metsä Fibre Oy, VP Supply Chain (2019-2021)
Metsä Group, VP Indirect Sourcing (2018-2019)
Metsä Fibre Oy, VP Purchasing (2014-2018)
Metsä Fibre Oy, Purchasing manager (2013-2014)
Omya Oy, Sales-, new business- and technology management (2008-2013)
Omya AG (Switzerland), Technical service manager Asia (2005-2008)


​b. 1978
M.Sc. (Econ.)

CFO, Metsä Fibre Oy Management Team member since 2018

Metsä Fibre Oy, SVP Strategy (2018–2019)
Metsä Fibre Oy, Group Controller (2010–2018)
Metsä Fibre Oy, Business Controller (2008–2010)
Metsä Fibre Oy, Assistant Controller (2006–2008)
Metsä Fibre Oy, Trainee (2005–2006)
UPM, logistics administrator (2004–2005)


Kaija Pehu-Lehtonen

b. 1962
M.Sc (Engineering)

SVP, Business development, Metsä Fibre Oy Management Team member since 2010

Metsä Fibre Oy, SVP Business development (2010–)
Oy Metsä-Botnia Ab (nowadays Metsä Fibre Oy), various management positions 1997–2010
Kymmene Oy (nowadays UPM), Kuusanniemi pulp mill, various production and development positions (1986–1997)VTT Oy, Member of the Board (2015–)
Kemira Oyj, Member of the Board (2004–2010)
Mittaportti Oy, Chairman of the Board (2007–2009)
Oy Silva Shipping Ab, Member of the Board (2009–)
CLIC Innovation Oy, Member of the Board (2015–2018)
FIBIC Oy, Member of the Board (2008–2015), Chairman of the Board (2013–2015)
Metsäteollisuus ry, Research and Technology Committee, Chairman (2014–2016), member (2013–)
FTP (Forest-Based Technology Platform), Chairman of the Board (2013–2015)


Jari Tikkanen

b. 1974
M.Sc. (Eng)

SVP Pulp Production, Metsä Fibre Oy Management Team member since 2021

Metsä Fibre Oy, SVP Pulp Production, (2022–)
Metsä Fibre Oy, SVP Sawmill business, (2021)
Metsä Wood, SVP, Production and Technology (2016-2021)
Metsä Wood, SVP, Building & Industry (2015-2016)
Metsä Fibre Oy/Metsä Board Oyj, Kemi, VP, Mill Manager (2011–2015)
Pankaboard Oy,  CFO (2009–2011)
M-real Oyj (nowadays Metsä Board Oyj),  Group controller (2008–2009)
M-real Oyj (nowadays Metsä Board Oyj),  Production and business controller management positions
Oy Metsä-Botnia Ab, Kemiart Liners (nowadays. Metsä Board Oyj), Development Manager (1998–2002)
Botnia Mill Service Oy, Board member (2013–2014)
Kemin Digipolis Oy, Board member (2012-2014)

See also