President & CEO

The President & CEO (Managing Director) of Suominen is appointed by the Board of Directors. The President & CEO is responsible for day-to-day operations in accordance with the Companies Act and guidelines and instructions provided by the Board of Directors. The President & CEO is in charge of the day-to-day management of Suominen Group and is responsible for ensuring that the Company’s accounting practices comply with the law and that its assets are reliably managed pursuant to the Companies Act. The President & CEO acts as the Chair of the Executive Team as the immediate supervisor of the team’s members.

The President & CEO is supported by the Executive Team. 

Executive Team

Tommi Björnman

President & CEO

b. 1966
Finnish citizen 
M. Sc. (Industrial Engineering)
Joined Suominen in 2023

Principal working experience

President & CEO, Suominen Corporation, 2023–
CEO, Avgol Nonwovens, 2021–2023
COO, Avgol Nonwovens, 2019–2021
President, Mada Nonwoven Ltd., 2016–2019
EVP of Industrial Packaging, Walki Group Oy, 2014–2015
Leadership positions, latest EVP, Filtration, Ahlstrom Oyj, 1996–2013

Janne Silonsaari


b. 1980
Finnish citizen 
M.Sc. (Economics and Business Administration)
Joined Suominen in 2023

Principal working experience

CFO, Suominen Corporation, 2023–
Vice President, Business Controlling, Kemira Oyj, 2018–2023
Director, Product Lines, Kemira Oyj, 2017–2018
Director, Marketing & Product Management, Kemira Oyj, 2016–2017
Director, Planning & Controlling, Kemira Oyj, 2015–2015
Senior Manager, Planning & Controlling, Kemira Oyj, 2012–2015
Business Controller, Kemira Oyj, 2008–2012
Assistant Controller, Kemira Oyj, 2007–2008
Assistant Controller, Fazer Amica Oy, 2004–2007

Jonni Friman

SVP, Transformation Management Office 

b. 1971
Finnish and Swedish citizen 
M.Sc. (Industrial Engineering and Management)
Joined Suominen in 2023

Principal working experience

SVP, Transformation Management Office, Suominen Corporation, 2023–
Managing Director, Sydeemi Oy, 2016–2023
Partner, Capacent Oy, 2013–2016
Business Unit Director, Capacent Oy, 2010–2013
Senior Manager, Capacent Oy, 2008–2010
Several positions in supply chain and business development, Nokia Corporation, 1995–2007

Markku Koivisto

SVP, Europe business area & R&D
Interim SVP Americas business area

b. 1971
Finnish citizen 
M.Sc. (Technology)
Joined Suominen in 2017

Principal working experience

Senior Vice President, Europe business area & R&D, Suominen Corporation 2019–
Chief Technology Officer, Suominen Corporation 2017–2019
Head of Global Business Development, UPM Raflatac 2011–2016
Vice President, Biocomposites Business Unit, UPM-Kymmene 2006–2015
Venture Manager, UPM-Kymmene 2001–2006
Tender Manager, Fortum 2000–2001
Several positions at Siemens 1996–1999

Klaus Korhonen

SVP, HR & Legal 

b. 1974
Finnish citizen 
Joined Suominen in 2019

Principal working experience

Senior Vice President, HR & Legal, Suominen Corporation 2019–
General Counsel, EMEA, Kemira Oyj 2018–2019
Vice President, HR EMEA, Kemira Oyj, 2014–2017
Vice President, Global Legal, Kemira Oyj, 2012–2013
Director, Kemira Legal, Kemira Oyj, 2008–2012
Legal Counsel, Group Legal Affairs, Kemira Oyj, 2006–2008
Legal Counsel, Intellectual Assets, Kemira Oyj, 2001–2006

Mimoun Saïm

SVP, Global Operations

b. 1964
French citizen 
ENSI Engineering
Joined Suominen in 2011

Principal working experience

Senior Vice President, Global Operations, Suominen Corporation 2019–
Senior Vice President, Operations EMEA, Suominen Corporation 2014–2019
Vice President, Operations Europe, Suominen Nonwovens 2011–2013
Vice President, Operations Europe, Home and Personal, Ahlstrom Corporation 2008–2011

Suominen’s operative organization

Suominen’s operative organization consists of two business areas, Europe and the Americas, and seven global functions supporting the business: Operations, Finance, Sourcing, R&D, HR & Legal, Business Development and Communications & IR. The Company only has one operating segment.

Updated on August 22, 2023