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

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

Lynda A. Kelly 

SVP, Americas business area & Business Development

b. 1964
U.S. citizen 
B.Sc. (Business Administration/Marketing)
Joined Suominen in 2014

Principal working experience

Senior Vice President, Americas business area & Business Development, Suominen Corporation 2020–
Senior Vice President, Business Development, Suominen Corporation 2019–2020
Senior Vice President, Care, Suominen Corporation 2014–2019
Several managerial positions, recently as Director, Global Medical and Wipes, First Quality Nonwovens 2003–2014
Senior Consultant, John R Starr, Inc 2001–2003
Business Unit Manager, Medical/Consumer Fabrics, BBA Nonwovens 1996–2001
Several managerial positions, BBA Nonwovens, 1987–1996

Markku Koivisto

SVP, Europe business area & R&D

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

Sirpa Koskinen, VP, Group Controlling has been appointed as the interim CFO of Suominen as of February 4, 2023. Koskinen has worked in the company since 2015. Koskinen will report to the President & CEO but will not be an Executive Team member. Read more

Suominen has appointed Mr. Janne Silonsaari (M.Sc. Economics and Business Administration) as the CFO and a member of the Executive Team. He will start latest in June 2023. Read more

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 April 4, 2023