CEO and Neste Executive Board

The Neste Executive Board assists the President and Chief Executive Officer in the management and coordination of the implementation of the Neste Oil’s strategic and operational goals. The present Neste Executive Board consists of the following persons:

 

Matti Lievonen
(born 1958)

President & CEO, Chairman of the Neste Executive Board
B.Sc. (Eng.), eMBA.
President & CEO since 1 December 2008.

Joined the company in 2008. Served as President of the Fine and Speciality Papers Division at UPM-Kymmene Corporation, and in a number of other senior positions at UPM, 1986 and 2008, and was with ABB earlier. Member of UPM-Kymmene’s Executive Board 2002–2008. Chairman of the Board of the Chemical Industry Federation of Finland. Vice chairman of the Boards of Rautaruukki Corporation and Nynas AB. Member of the Board of the Confederation of Finnish Industries. Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company and member of the Advisory Board, National Emergency Supply Agency.


Matti Lehmus
(born 1974)

Executive Vice President, Oil Products & Renewables
M.Sc. (Eng.) and eMBA.
Member of the Neste Executive Board since 2009.

Joined the company in 1997. Responsible for the Oil Products and Renewables business area. Previously served as Executive Vice President of the Oil Products business area (2009–2010), Vice President of the Base Oils business in the Specialty Products Division (2007–2009), Vice President of Oil Refining Business Development (2007) and Gasoline Exports and Trading Manager (2004–2007) in the Oil Refining Division. Vice Chairman of the Board of the Finnish Petroleum Federation.


Sakari Toivola
(born 1953)

Executive Vice President, Oil Retail
M.Sc. (Eng.)
Member of the Neste Executive Board since 2007.

Joined the company in 2007. Responsible for oil retailing in Finland and the Baltic Rim, direct sales, and LPG. Served previously as Managing Director (2002–2007) and Retail Sales Director (2001–2002) of oy Esso ab (Finland). Member of the Board of Directors of the Finnish Petroleum Federation.
 

Simo Honkanen
(born 1958)

Senior Vice President, Sustainability and HSSE
M.Sc. (Econ.)
Member of the Neste Executive Board since 2009.

Joined the company in 2006. Responsible for the Sustainability and HSEQ corporate function. Served previously as Vice President, Marketing, Raw Material Procurement and Stakeholder Relations in the Renewable Fuels division (2008–2009), Vice President, New Ventures in the Components Division (2006–2007) and prior to that as Strategy Director in Shell Finland, Marketing Director, Retail in Shell Benelux and France, and in several other managerial positions in Finland and Sweden (1985–2005).
 

Tuomas Hyyryläinen
(born 1977)

Senior Vice President, Strategy
M.Sc. (Econ.)
Member of the Neste Executive Board since 2012.


Joined the company in 2012. Responsible for strategy, Business Intelligence, M&A operations, as well as development of the Value Creation Programs. Previously served as Vice President for strategy at F-Secure and served in various strategy- and business development-related positions at Nokia. Member of the Board of Directors of Nynas AB.
 

Hannele Jakosuo-Jansson
(born 1966)

Senior Vice President, Human Resources
M.Sc. (Eng.)
Member of the Neste Executive Board since 2006.

Joined the company in 1990. Responsible for the Group's Human Resources function. Served as Laboratory and Research Manager at the Technology Center (1998–2004) and Vice President, Human Resources at Oil Refining (2004–2005). Member of the Board of Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation and member of the Board of Directors of Munksjö.
 

Osmo Kammonen
(born 1959)

Senior Vice President, Communications, Marketing and Public Affairs
M.Sc. (Laws).
Member of the Neste Executive Board since 2004.

Joined the company in 2004. Responsible for the Group's communications, marketing and public affairs activities. Served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations and Communications Manager in various companies in the electronics, engineering, construction materials, and forest products industries.
 

Lars Peter Lindfors
(born 1964)

Senior Vice President, Technology
Ph.D. (Tech.), MBA.
Member of the Neste Executive Board since 2009.


Joined the company in 2007. Responsible for Research & Development, Investment Management, Procurement, Information Technology and Neste Jacobs. Served previously as Senior Vice President, Technology and Strategy (2009–2012) and as Vice President for the company's Research and Technology unit (2007–2009), as Executive Vice President, Renewal and Development at Perstorp Group (2004–2007), Executive Vice President, R&T&D at Perstorp Group (2001–2004), and prior to that at Neste (1989–2001) as R&D Manager and various other positions. Board Member of the Fortum Foundation.
 

Jyrki Mäki-Kala
(born 1961)

Chief Financial Officer
M.Sc. (Econ.)
Member of the Neste Executive Board since 2013.

Joined the company on 6 May 2013. Responsible for the Group’s financial management, investor relations, and risk management. Served in various business and corporate financial positions at Kemira in 2005–2013. Previously worked for Finnish Chemicals.
 

 

Ilkka Poranen
(born 1960)

Senior Vice President, Production and Logistics
M.Sc. (Eng.)
Member of the Neste Executive Board since 2009.

Joined the company in 1985. Responsible for Production and Logistics. Previously served as Vice President, Corporate Safety (2007–2009), Vice President, Base Oils (1997–2007), and as Plant Manager at the Porvoo Refinery (1986–1997).
 

Matti Hautakangas*
(born 1963)

General Counsel and Secretary to the Neste Executive Board and the Board of  Directors.
M.Sc. (Laws)

Joined the company in 2003. Secretary to the Neste Executive Board and Board of Directors since 2004 and to the Shareholders’ Nomination Board since 2013. Responsible for the Group’s legal affairs. Served previously as Legal Counsel, Oil Refining (2003–2004) and as an attorney-at-law at Procopé & Hornborg Law Offices Ltd. (1994–2003).
 
* Not a member of the Neste Executive Board

The shareholdings of the Members of the Neste Executive Team including organizations under their control are shown under heading Insiders subject to Declaration Requirement