Finnair has announced the appointment of Turkka Kuusisto as its new CEO, effective no later than July 11, 2024. Kuusisto will be joining Finnair from his current position as CEO of Posti Group Corporation, a role he has held since 2020. Prior to his tenure as CEO at Posti Group Corporation, Kuusisto held senior leadership positions in both Posti Group Corporation and Lindorff Group.
Sanna Suvanto-Harsaae, Chair of the Board of Directors at Finnair, expressed her enthusiasm for the transition, stating, “I am delighted to welcome Turkka Kuusisto as he takes the reins at Finnair and leads us into the next phases of our strategic journey. Finnair has successfully restored profitability following unprecedented challenges, positioning itself to build a sustainable future. With its Helsinki hub offering excellent connections between Europe and Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas, Finnair is poised for continued success.”
Turkka Kuusisto shared his enthusiasm for his new role, stating, “Finnair embodies the essence of Finnish spirit and global connections, boasting a rich and unique heritage as a century-old airline. I am both excited and honoured to assume the position of CEO in this iconic company. Collaborating closely with all my colleagues at Finnair and attentively listening to our valued customers, I am confident that our collective journey will be a resounding success.”
The current CEO of Finnair, Topi Manner, will depart from the company on January 15, 2024, as he prepares to assume the role of CEO at Elisa Corporation. During the interim period between January 15 and the commencement of the new CEO’s tenure, Jaakko Schildt, Chief Operating Officer of Finnair, will step in as interim CEO.