Management

Neles Executive Team

Neles' President and CEO manages Neles' operations with the assistance of the Executive Management Team. The President and CEO and other members appointed by the Board based on the President and CEO’s proposal constitute the Neles Executive Management Team (NET).

Management structure

President and CEO

The President and CEO’s main task is to lead the daily operations of Neles with the assistance of the Neles Executive Management Team (NET) to secure the company’s success. The President and CEO is appointed – and, if necessary, dismissed – by the Board, and he reports to the Board about, e.g. Neles’ financial situation, business environment and other significant issues. The President and CEO prepares the matters on the agenda of the Board and its committees and implements their decisions. Additionally, the President and CEO acts as the Chair of the Neles Executive Management Team.

Neles Executive Management Team

The President and CEO and other members appointed by the Board based on the President and CEO’s proposal constitute the Neles Executive Team. The Executive Management Team assists the President and CEO in the preparation of business matters, such as business plans, strategy, policies and other matters of joint importance.

The Executive Management Team members report directly to the President and CEO and their main task is to lead the daily operations of their respected businesses or corporate functions. The Business Area heads are responsible for the strategy, financial development and position, operational performance, operating environment development, customers and competitive situation of their respective business areas. They are also responsible for implementing group initiatives and policies and guidelines within the business areas, and for collaboration across business areas.

Neles Executive Team

The members of the Neles Executive Team are: Olli Isotalo is President and CEO, Simo Sääskilahti is CFO and deputy CEO, and other NET members are Elisa Erkkilä, Patrick Dunn, Timo Hänninen, Jon Jested-Rask, Fabio Maia, Sami Nousiainen, Hanne Peltola, Kalle Suurpää, Hang Pheng Tan, Kevin Tinsley and Kaisa Voutilainen.  

Olli Isotalo

Nationality: Finnish
Born: 1959
Education: M.Sc., Engineering

Joined Metso company in 2019
Member of the Neles Executive Team since 2020

Shareholding as of December 31, 2020: 865 shares

Work experience

2016-2019 CEO, Patria Oyj
2005-2016 Several top management positions, Cargotec (Kalmar, MacGregor, Bromma Conquip AB)
1997-2005 Several business management positions, Sisu Terminal Systems Oy and Kalmar Industries AB
1984-1997 Production management positions, Valmet Corporation

“Being close to our customers and serving them throughout their investment and operations life cycle is Neles’ priority. We have a culture of ensuring customer success and getting things done."

 

Simo Sääskilahti

Nationality: Finnish
Born: 1971
Education: M.Sc. Engineering, M.Sc. Economics

Member of the Neles Executive Team since 2020

Shareholding as of December 31, 2020: 4,387 shares

Work experience

2016-2019 SVP, Valve Technologies/Valve Equipment unit, Valves BA, Metso
2013-2016 SVP, Strategy and Business Development, Member of Metso’s Executive Team
2011-2013 VP, Business Development Automation, Metso
2001-2011 Several management positions in Comptel Corporation
1997-2001 Management consultant, McKinsey & Co

Elisa Erkkilä

Nationality: Finnish
Born: 1967
Education: LLM, MCL, Trained on the bench  

Member of the Neles Executive Team since 2021

Work experience

2008-2020 various positions in legal, compliance and risk management, Metso Corporation

2001-2004 General Counsel, Hong Kong CSL

1999-2001 Group Legal Adviser, Pacific Century Cyberworks

1997-1999 European Lawyer, Alban Tay Mahtani & de Silva

Fabio da Silva Maia

Nationality: Brazilian
Born: 1974
Education: MBA, Business Management

Member of the Neles Executive Team since 2020

Work experience

2018-2020 VP, Valves South America, Metso
2017-2018 General Manager Brazil & Mercosul, Hammelmann Pumps
2012-2017 Sales Director, SULZER
2011-2012 Sales Manager, Atlas Copco
2005-2011 Sales Coordinator, Fetso
1998-2005 Sales Engineer, Flowserve

Hang Pheng Tan

Nationality: Singapore
Born: 1968
Education: MBA, Bachelor of Electrical Engineering

Member of the Neles Executive Team since 2020

Work experience

2013-2020 VP, China Market Area, Metso Flow Control
2012-2013 Head of Services, APAC, Metso Flow Control
2011-2012 Director, Business Development, Metso Flow Control
2008-2012 Area Service Manager, AP, Metso Flow Control
1997-2003 Several positions (Engineering & Field Services), General Electric 
1995-1997 Project Engineer, Philips Singapore

Hanne Peltola

Nationality: Finnish
Born: 1969
Education: M.Soc.Sc., eMBA

Member of the Neles Executive Team since 2020

Shareholding as of December 31, 2020: 1,021 shares

Work experience

2016-2019 VP, EMEA region HR and valves, Metso
2015-2016 Group HR Director, Paroc Group Ltd.
2010-2015 Director, HR, Outotec
2006-2010 Director, HR and Corporate Communications, Larox Plx.
2001-2006 Several HR Manager and HRD manager positions, UPM Kymmene
1998-2000 HRD consultant, Sonera

"Our team is built on high expertise and strong commitment. We are very focused on helping our customers succeed. We always aim to find new solutions, to develop ourselves and to grow with our customers.”

Jon Jested-Rask

Nationality: Danish
Born: 1975
Education: M.Sc., Economics and Business Administration

Member of the Neles Executive Team since 2020

Shareholding as of December 31, 2020: 899 shares

Work experience

2013-2020 VP, Sales & Service, Metso
2010-2013 Head of Measurements, Metso
2008-2010 Managing Director, Kemotron products
2005-2008 VP sales and Marketing and Managing Director, Kemotron Products
2004-2005 Brand manager, Absolut Vodka Denmark
2003-2004 Nordic Product manager, Colgate-Palmolive 

Kaisa Voutilainen

Nationality: Finnish
Born: 1982
Education: MA, International Business Communication

Member of the Neles Executive Team since 2020

Work experience

2016-2019 Business Communication Manager, Metso

2011-2016 Marketing Manager, HiQ Finland

2010-2011 Marketing Manager, Frends Technology

Kalle Suurpää

Nationality: Finnish
Born: 1974
Education: Msc., Technology 

Member of the Neles Executive Team since 2020

Work experience

2018-2020 VP, Technology, Metso Flow Control
2017-2018 VP, Product development, Metso Flow Control
2014-2016 Other positions, Metso Flow Control
2014 Product Program manager, Microsoft Mobile
2000-2014 Various positions (R&D etc.), Nokia

Kevin Tinsley

Nationality: USA
Born: 1962
Education: MBA

Member of the Neles Executive Team since 2020

Shareholding as of December 31, 2020: 3,178 shares

Work experience

2011-2020 SVP, Global Operations, valves BA, Metso
2002-2011 VP Operations, Jamesbury brand 
1999-2002 CFO, Fiber Optic Network Solutions
1995-1999 Partner, CPA firm, Greenblatt, Rosenblatt, Kull and Pitsoli
1990-1995 Tax Manager, LOVE, Bollus, Lynch & Rogers
1986-1990 Tax Specialist, Feeley & Driscoll

Patrick Dunn

Nationality: USA
Born: 1967
Education: BA, Social Rehabilitation & Sociology 

Member of the Neles Executive Team since 2020

Shareholding as of December 31, 2020: 2,095 shares

Work experience

2015-2020 Market Area Head, North America, Metso Flow Control
2007-2015 VP of Sales, North America and Mexico, Metso Automation & Field Systems
2005-2007 Regional Sales Manager, Metso Automation & Field Systems
1998-2004 Area Sales Manager, Metso Automation & Field Systems
1996-1998 Northeast Territory Sales Manager, Hoffmann Industries Inc.
1994-1996 Sales Account Manager, LaVigne Inc.
1992-1994 Territory Marketing Specialist, Intel Corportion, CA

Sami Nousiainen

Nationality: Finnish
Born: 1972
Education: M.Sc.

Member of the Neles Executive Team since 2020

Work experience

2018-2020 Director, Field Service, Metso Flow Control
2015-2018 VP, Valve Controls, Metso Flow Control
2013-2015 Director, Positioners and Limit Switches, Metso Flow Control
2009-2011 Director, Neles Smart Products R&D, Metso Flow Control
2007-2009 Product Manager, Positioners and Limit Switches, Metso Flow Control
2000-2007 Various positions, Metso Flow Control

Timo Hänninen

Nationality: Finnish
Born: 1961
Education: B.Sc., eMBA

Member of the Neles Executive Team since 2020

Work experience

2014-2020 VP, Services, Metso Flow Control
1998-2014 Varous Management positions, Metso Automation
1999-2002 Engineering Manager, Neles Automation 
1995-1998 Manager, Sales Support and Project Mangaer, Neles Controls 
1989-1995 Sales Engineer, Neles-Jamesbury, UK & Finland

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