Lauri Vesalainen from Nokia to head Itella Logistics



Mr. Lauri Vesalainen has been appointed as the new Head of the Itella Logistics Business Group. He will start working in the position on May 1, 2011. He moves to Itella from Nokia, where he has worked in various executive assignments since 1995. At the moment, he is globally in charge of material logistics at Nokia.

 - Lauri Vesalainen brings valuable experience to Itella concerning the management of multinationals and advanced supply chain solutions which we need to further develop Itella Logistics and implement the strategy, says Jukka Alho, President and CEO.



  - Moving to Itella is a very interesting opportunity for me. Experience has shown that competing in an international environment and world-class operations require an open-minded approach and inspiring ideas which we can together take further at Itella Logistics, says Lauri Vesalainen.

The current Head of Itella Logistics, Vesa Vertanen, will continue in Itella Logistics as the Area Director for Russia and other CIS countries, based in Moscow. Moreover, Vertanen will be assigned new responsibilities: Itella Group's common projects and stakeholder relations in Russia. In his new role, Vesa Vertanen will utilize his solid expertise in Russia and focus on developing Itella's important eastern market and take the opportunities related to it

Itella Logistics Business Group operates in 8 countries: Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia as well as globally through partners.  It offers service logistics solutions to road, sea and air freight and warehousing. Itella Logistics has about 7700 employees and its net sales in 2010 were 677 million euro.