Stora Enso
Hans Sohlström (58) as the new President and CEO of Stora Enso.

The board of directors of Stora Enso Oyj on 18 September 2003 appointed Hans Sohlström (58) as the new President and CEO of Stora Enso. Hans Sohlström is currently a member of Stora Enso’s board of directors from which position he is stepping down. Stora Enso’s board will now have eight members.

Hans Sohlström has over 30 years of experience in business leadership, including over 10 years as CEO predominantly in the forest and renewable materials industries. Most recently, he led Ahlstrom Corporation, Ahlström Capital and Rettig Group. Prior to that, for over 20 years, he held several leadership positions at UPM-Kymmene Corporation, such as mill director, business unit vice-president and was a member of the group executive team responsible for marketing, new businesses and biofuels, and corporate relations and development.

“Hans Sohlström has shown strong business acumen and leadership skills in his previous positions. He has extensive experience in the forest industry and has gained strong insight into Stora Enso after serving more than two years on its board. The board is confident that Hans Sohlström is the right person to lead Stora Enso through the current challenging market environment towards achieving the long-term financial goals,” says Kari Jordan, chair of the board of directors of Stora Enso.

“I would like to thank the board of directors for its confidence in me. Stora Enso is a company whose purpose, values and heritage I strongly support and believe in. It has strong foundations and many growth opportunities. I look forward to working together with my new colleagues in leading our profit turn-around, increasing shareholder value and delivering on our commitment as the renewable materials company,” says Hans Sohlström.

Annica Bresky leaves her position as the president and CEO to pursue new challenges outside of Stora Enso.

“On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to sincerely thank Annica Bresky for her leadership and achievements during the past four years. Under her leadership, Stora Enso has made significant structural changes to strengthen its long-term competitiveness in line with its strategy. We wish her all the best for her future endeavors,” says Kari Jordan.

Stora Enso Oyj develops and produces solutions based on wood and biomass for a range of industries and applications worldwide. They have headquarters in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden. The majority of sales takes place in Europe, but there are significant operations in Asia and South America.

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