Finnair appoints Turkka Kuusisto as new CEO

Finnair has appointed Turkka Kuusisto (44, MSc. Tech) as CEO of Finnair. He will start in this role on 11 July 2024 at the latest. Kuusisto is transitioning to Finnair from his role as the CEO of Posti Group Corporation, a position he has held since 2020. Before becoming the CEO of Posti Group Corporation, Kuusisto held various leadership roles in both Posti Group Corporation and Lindorff Group.

Turkka Kuusisto, New Finnair CEO (Source: Finnair)

”I am happy to welcome Turkka Kuusisto to take the helm of Finnair and drive the next phases of Finnair’s strategy. Finnair has restored its profitability after the historic double crisis, and the company is well positioned to continue to build a sustainable future, offering excellent connections via its Helsinki hub to both Finns and to customers traveling between Europe and Asia, the Middle East, and Americas”, says Sanna Suvanto-Harsaae, Chair of the Board of Directors, Finnair.  

“Turkka brings to Finnair his strong understanding of complex industries and his proven people leadership and strategy skills, which will benefit Finnair as Finnair now moves to the next phase in its strategy”, Suvanto-Harsaae says.  

”Finnair embodies to me Finnish spirit and global connections, and it has a long and unique heritage as a 100-year old airline. I am excited and humble to take on the role of CEO in this iconic company. Working side by side with all Finnair colleagues and carefully listening to our customers, I trust our joint journey will be a successful one”, says Turkka Kuusisto

Finnair’s existing CEO, Topi Manner, will depart the company on January 15, 2024, and subsequently assume the position of CEO at Elisa Corporation. During the period from January 15 until the arrival of the new CEO, Jaakko Schildt, the Chief Operating Officer of Finnair, will serve as the interim CEO.

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