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President and CEO and Executive Committee

Neste’s President and CEO, Matti Lehmus (b. 1974, eMBA, M.Sc., Chemical Technology and Polymer Technology) manages the Company’s business operations in accordance with the Finnish Companies Act and instructions issued by the Board of Directors. The President and CEO shall oversee the executive management of the company in accordance with instructions and orders given by the Board of Directors and is responsible for ensuring that the Company’s accounts are in compliance with the law and that its financial affairs have been arranged in a reliable manner. The President and CEO is appointed by the Board of Directors, which evaluates the performance of the President and CEO annually and approves his remuneration on the basis of a proposal by the Personnel and Remuneration Committee.

The Executive Committee assists the President and Chief Executive Officer in the management and coordination of the implementation of the Neste’s strategic and operational goals. The present Executive Committee consists of the following persons:

Matti Lehmus
Matti Lehmus
(Born 1974)

President and CEO, Chair of the Executive Committee
eMBA, M.Sc. (Chemical Technology and Polymer Technology)
President and CEO since 2022

Joined the company in 1998. Previously responsible for the Renewables Platform 2019–2022 and for the Oil Products business area 2014–2019. Has also served as Executive Vice President of the Oil Products and Renewables business area 2011–2014, Executive Vice President of the Oil Products business area 2009–2010, Vice President of the Base Oils business in the Specialty Products Division 2007–2009, Vice President of Oil Refining Business Development in 2007 and Gasoline Exports and Trading Manager 2004–2007 in the Oil Refining Division. Member of the Board of the Chemical Industry Federation of Finland 2019–2021. Member of the National Emergency Supply Council 2018–.
Mercedes Alonso
Mercedes Alonso
(born 1966)

Executive Vice President, Renewable Polymers and Chemicals
M.Sc. (Chem)
Member of the Executive Committee since 2019

Joined the company in 2019. Responsible for the Renewable Polymers and Chemicals business unit. Previously served as Marketing Director Advanced Polymer Solutions Europe in LyondellBasell in 2019, Managing Director Eng. Composites Europe 2016– 2019, and Global Director Corporate Marketing in A. Schulman Inc. 2013–2016, as well as Global Business Excellence Leader, Advanced Materials in Dow Chemical Inc. Europe GmbH 2010–2013. Member of the Board of The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) 2020–. Member of the Board of Directors and member of the Human Resources Committee of Huhtamäki Oyj 2022–.
Panu Kopra
Panu Kopra
(born 1972)

Executive Vice President, Marketing & Services
BBA, MBA
Member of the Executive Committee since 2016

Joined the company in 1996. Responsible for the Marketing & Services business unit. Previously served as Vice President in Oil Retail Sales in Finland and Baltic Rim 2014–2015, Vice President in Oil Retail Russia and Baltic Rim 2010–2014, General Manager in St. Petersburg Russia in 2009, Business Development Manager in Renewable Products 2007–2008, Sales Director in 2006, General Manager in Latvia 2003–2005 and in several other positions in the company.
Markku Korvenranta
Markku Korvenranta
(born 1966)

Executive Vice President, Oil Products
M.Sc. (Eng)
Member of the Executive Committee since December 2021

Joined the company in December 2021. Responsible for the Oil Products business unit. Served previously as SVP, Group Portfolio Development at Marquard & Bahls, in Germany, 2019–2021. EVP, Base Chemicals & Member of Executive Board in Austria, 2010–2018. Before that had several directorial and managerial roles at Borealis in Austria, Finland, Denmark and Belgium 1994–2010. Has also served in various roles at Neste Chemicals in Finland, 1990–1994. Member of the Board of Directors of Nordic Electrofuel in Norway, 2020–.
Thorsten Lange
Thorsten Lange
(born 1963)

Executive Vice President, Renewable Aviation
M.Sc. (Banking and Auditing)
Member of the Executive Committee since 2020

Joined the company in 2020. Responsible for the Renewable Aviation business unit. Previously served as Head of Fuel Procurement (global) at Lufthansa Group 2001–2019. Has also served as Product Manager, Automotive Lubricants at FUCHS DEA Schmierstoffe GmbH&Co KG 1999–2001, Director Industry Lubricants at DEA Mineraloel AG 1998–1999 as well as Marketing Manager and Pricing Groundfuels at DEA Mineraloel AG 1992–1997. Member of the IATA Fuel Steering Group.
Carl Nyberg
Carl Nyberg
(born 1979)

Executive Vice President, Renewables Platform
M.Sc. (Economics and Business Administration)
Member of the Executive Committee since 2019

Joined the company in 2005. Responsible for the Renewables Platform business unit. Previously responsible for the Renewable Road Transportation business unit 2019–2022. Served in various positions at Neste, most recently as Vice President of Sales Scandinavia of the Renewable Products business area 2016–2019, Vice President, Supply, Oil Products at Neste Geneva 2014–2016 and Trading Manager, Crude Oil 2013–2014. Managing Director of Neste AB 2017–2019.  Member of the Board of eFuel Alliance e.V. 2021–.
Kimmo Salminen
Renewable Road Transportation business unit's acting Executive Vice President since 1 June 2022. Not a member of the Executive Committee.
Minna Aila
Minna Aila
(born 1966)

Senior Vice President, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs
LL.M.
Member of the Executive Committee since 2020

Joined the company in 2020. Senior Vice President, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs. Served previously as the EVP Marketing & Corporate Affairs at Konecranes 2018–2020, VP, Corporate Affairs at Nokia 2015–2018, SVP, Marketing, Communications & Corporate Responsibility at Outotec 2012–2015 as well as Head of Communications, Federation of Finnish Financial Services 2010–2012. Various roles in global communications, investor relations, corporate responsibility and government relations at Elcoteq 2004–2009. Various roles at European Commission 1992–2004. Chair of the EU and Trade Policy Committee at the Confederation of Finnish Industries EK. Vice Chair of the Business at OECD Trade Committee. Member of the Board at Finland-China Trade Association, National Defense Course Association and Savonlinna Opera Festival. Member of the Board of Directors and member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees at DFDS A/S 2022–.
Photo of Martti Ala-Harkönen
Martti Ala-Härkönen
(born 1965)

Chief Financial Officer, Strategy and IT
Dr.Sc. (Econ.), Lic.Sc. (Tech.)
Member of the Executive Committee since 2022

Joined the company in 2022. Served previously as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer (Finance, M&A and IT) at Caverion Corporation 2016–2022, Chief Financial Officer (Finance & Development) at Cramo Plc 2006–2016, Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration (CFO) at WM-data Ltd 2004–2006, Chief Financial Officer (Finance & Development) and Senior Vice President Business Development at at Novo Group Plc 1998–2004 and as Finance Manager and Corporate Finance Manager at Postipankki Plc 1995–1998. Member of the Supervisory Board of Mutual Pension Insurance Company Ilmarinen 2022–. Member of the Board of Directors of Digia Plc 2016–.
Hannele Jakosuo-Jansson
Hannele Jakosuo-Jansson
(born 1966)

Senior Vice President, Human Resources, HSSEQ and Procurement
M.Sc. (Eng.)
Member of the Executive Committee since 2006

Joined the company in 1990. Senior Vice President of Human Resources, HSSEQ and Procurement. Previously responsible for the Group’s Human Resources and Safety corporate functions. Served as Vice President, Human Resources at Oil Refining (2004–2005) and Laboratory and Research Manager at the Technology Center (1998–2004). Member of the Board of Directors of Finnair Plc 2021–. 
Lars Peter Lindfors
Lars Peter Lindfors
(born 1964)

Senior Vice President, Innovation
Ph.D. (Tech.), MBA
Member of the Executive Committee since 2009

Joined the company in 2007. Senior Vice President of Innovation. Previously responsible for Research & Development, Investment Management, Information Technology, Procurement, and Business Processes. Served previously as Senior Vice President, Technology and Strategy 2009–2012, Vice President for the company’s Research and Technology unit 2007–2009, Executive Vice President, Renewal and Development and Member of the Executive Team, Perstorp Group 2001-2007, and prior to that at Neste as R&D Manager and various other positions 1989–2001. Member of the Board of the Fortum and Neste Foundation.
Christian Ståhlberg
Christian Ståhlberg
(born 1974)

General Counsel
LL.M.
Member of the Executive Committee since 2017

Joined the company in 2017. Responsible for the Group’s legal affairs and compliance. Secretary to the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors, the Audit Committee, the Shareholders’ Nomination Board and to the Stakeholder Advisory Panel. Served previously as General Counsel of Rettig Group Ltd 2015–2017, Director, Legal in Pohjola Bank plc 2011–2014, Senior Legal Counsel in Neste Oil Corporation 2007–2011 and Senior Associate in Roschier Attorneys Ltd 1998–2007.