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 103,000 forest owners. 

Metsä Group's ownership base and business structure differentiate it positively from its competitors and provide a long-term perspective to 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

Juha Mäntylä, Member, Metsä Forest, Executive Vice President

Asada Jin, 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:

Jaakko Anttila, Senior Vice President, Production at Pulp Business

Jari Forss, Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Ari Harmaala, Senior Vice President, Sales and Customership

Antti Kiljunen, CFO

Kaija Pehu-Lehtonen, Senior Vice President, Business Development

Jani Riissanen, Senior Vice President, Sawmill Business


Ismo Nousiainen

b. 1966
M.Sc (Engineering)

CEO, Metsä Fibre Oy Member of the Management Team 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)


Jari Forss

b. 1962
LL.M. with court training

SVP HR, Metsä Fibre Oy Management Group member since 2015

Metsä Fibre Oy, SVP Human Resources (2015 – )
Metsäteollisuus ry (Finnish Forest Industries), Director, Labour market, Deputy managing director (2006 – 2015)
Suomen Hotelli- ja Ravintolaliitto, Director, Labour market, Deputy managing director (2001 – 2006)
Palvelutyönantajat, various positions  (1985 – 2001)Metsäteollisuus ry, Member of the Labour market Committee (2017 –)
Labour Court (2013 – 2014)
Johtamistaidon Opisto, Member of the Board (2007–2011)
Labour Council (1997 – 1999)


Ari Harmaala

b. 1961
Engineer, Construction technology

SVP Sales and Customership, Metsä Fibre Oy Management Group 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)


​b. 1978
M.Sc. (Econ.)

CFO, Metsä Fibre Oy Management Group 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 Group 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)


Jani Riissanen

​b. 1974
M.Sc. (Forestry)

SVP Sawmill business, Metsä Fibre Oy Management Group member since 2016

Metsä Fibre Oy, SVP Sawmill business, (2016–)
Metsä Wood, various management positions (2011–2016)
Metsäliitto/Finnforest, management positions (2006–2011)
Metsäliitto, various positions (1998–2006)


Jaakko Anttila

b. 1977
M.Sc (Engineering)

SVP Production, pulp, Metsä Fibre Oy Management Group member since 2019
Metsä Fibre Oy, VP, Sales Operations (2018–2019)
Metsä Fibre Oy, VP, Joutseno pulp mill (2014–2018)
Metsä Fibre Oy, Sales Director (2011–2013)
LITEONMOBILE, Director, Account Management (2010–2011)
LITEONMOBILE, various positions in sales and project management (2003–2007)

See also