Group Executive Team

The Group Executive Team of HKFoods assists the CEO in the management of the Group, in the preparation of matters such as business plans, strategy, policies and other matters of importance, as well as in the implementation of the strategic and operative targets. The members of the GET are appointed by the Board.

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Juha Ruohola,
CEO

Education: M.Sc. (Agr.), eMBA
Year of birth: 1965
Nationality: Finnish

CEO: since 2023 (Interim CEO 9/2022-3/2023)
Member of the Executive team: 9/2019

Shareholding at HKFoods: 27 925 *

Relevant positions of trust:
Finnish Food and Drink Industries' Federation, Member of the board 2022-

Key employment history:
HKFoods Plc (formerly HKScan Corporation), 9/2019–
Landeli Group Oy, Director, Meat Division 2018–2019
Lihatukku Jouni Partanen Oy, CEO 06/2018–10/2018
Polarica Holding Ab, CEO 2014–2017
Atria Plc, Deputy CEO 2011–2014
Atria Plc, Executive Vice President, Atria Russia 2009–2011
OOO Pit Product, General Director & Managing Director 2006–2009
Atria Plc, Group Vice President, Purchasing and Investments 2006–2009
Atria Plc, Group Vice President, Atria Russia and Atria Baltic 2006–2007
Atria Russia Integration Director 2006
Atria Finland Ltd, several Director positions 2002–2006
Atria Meal Ltd, Managing Director 2001
Lithells Ab, Managing Director 1999–2001
Atria Lithells Ab, Managing Director 1999–2001
Lihakunta Co-op, Managing Director 1997-1998
LSO Group, EVP meat procurement 1994-1996

HKScan Jari Leija

Jari Leija,
EVP, Business Unit Finland

Year of birth: 1965
Nationality: Finnish

Member of the Executive team: 4/2019

Shareholding at HKFoods: 36 460 pcs*

Key employment history:
HKFoods Plc (formerly HKScan Corporation) 4/2019–
Atria Plc, e.g. Atria Finland Ltd Deputy Managing Director, A-Tuottajat and A-Rehu Managing Director 2012–2018
HK Ruokatalo and HKScan Finland Oy, Managing Director 2007–2012
HK Ruokatalo Group, e.g. Plant & Logistics Manager Vantaa Production, Production Director, EVP Poultry Business 1993–2007

HKScan Jukka Nikkinen

Jukka Nikkinen,
EVP, Business Unit Denmark

Education: M.Sc. (Econ.)
Year of birth: 1962
Nationality: Finnish

Member of the Executive team: 08/2012

Shareholding at HKFoods: 61 075 pcs*

Key employment history: 
HKFoods Plc (formerly HKScan Corporation), EVP BU Denmark 10/2017–
HKScan Corporation, EVP International and Biotech business 6/2017–10/2017 
HKScan Corporation, EVP Away from Home and International business 2012–2017 
Rautakirja Oy, Senior Vice President, Business development and strategy, member of Rautakirja Group’s management team 2004–2012
Rautakirja Oy, Kiosk trade, Director, International business, Member of Kiosk trade business’ management team 2002–2004
Leaf Suomi and Leaf group, various duties 1988–2001, latest as Export Director 1999–2001

Stock Exchange Release 27 May 2024

HKScan Jyrki Paappa

Jyrki Paappa,
CFO

Education: M.Sc. (Econ.)
Year of birth: 1965
Nationality: Finnish

Member of the Executive team: 4/2019

Shareholding at HKFoods: 26 693 pcs (direct ownership) and 20,000 pcs (through Airisto Capital Oy)*

Key employment history:
HKFoods Plc (formerly HKScan Corporation), CFO 4/2019–
Maintpartner Group, Group CFO 2018–2019
Executive management consultant through own company  2014–2017
Raisio Plc, CFO 2004–2014
Ravintoraisio, Controller 2002–2004
Raisio Plc, Financial Manager, Broker 1995–2002
Turku District Cooperative Bank, Money Market Broker, Broker 1989–1995

Stock Exchange Release 26 March 2023

HKScan Markku Suvanto

Markku Suvanto,
EVP, Administration and Legal

Education: LL.M, trained on the bench
Year of birth: 1966
Nationality: Finnish

Member of the Executive team: 4/2019

Shareholding at HKFoods: 34 098 pcs*

Key employment history:
HKFoods Plc (formerly HKScan Corporation), 4/2019–
HKScan Corporation, Administrative and Legal Director 2012–2017 
HKScan Corporation, Group Lawyer 2009–2012 
KPMG, Legal Counsel/Business Law Supervisor 2002–2009
Mandatum/Sampo Pankki, Asset Manager/Private Banker 1998–2002
Suomi & Suvanto Law Office, Partner 1992–

*Information updated on 15.3.2024