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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–.
Photo of Martti Ala-Harkönen
Martti Ala-Härkönen
(born 1965)

Executive Vice President, 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 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–. Member of the Board of Martinez Renewables 2022–.
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 Executive Board and Executive Committee 2020– and Chair of the Sustainability Advisory Forum 2022– at CEFIC. 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 at Borealis 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 Oiltanking in Germany, 2021–.
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–. Member of the Board of Martinez Renewables 2022–.
Katja Wodjereck, Neste
Katja Wodjereck
(born 1976)

Executive Vice President, Renewable Road Transportation, as of 1 April 2023
eMBA, M.Sc. (Business Administration, European Business Management)
Member of the Executive Committee as of 1 April 2023

Will join the company 1 April 2023 as Executive Vice President, Renewable Road Transportation. Served previously as the President D/A/CH, Italy & Commercial Director, Industrial Solutions EMEAI 2022–, Commercial Director EMEAI, Industrial Solutions 2018–2021, and Commercial Director EMEAI, Energy and Microbial Technologies, Dow Europe GmbH, Switzerland 2017–2018, Sales Director Northern Europe, Packaging & Specialty, Belgium 2015–2017, Product Manager - Packaging & Specialties Plastics EMEA, Switzerland 2012–2015, Asset Manager Polyethylene (LDPE, LLDPE) for Latin America, Brazil 2011–2012, and Several managerial positions in Dow Chemical 2002–2010. Member of the Board of American Chamber of Germany (Amcham), Member of the Board of EPCA The European Petrochemical Association.
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)

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

Joined the company in 2020. Responsible for 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 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–.
Hannele Jakosuo-Jansson
Hannele Jakosuo-Jansson
(born 1966)

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

Joined the company in 1990. Responsible for Human Resources and HSSEQ. Previously responsible for the Group’s Procurement, 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. Chair of the Skills and Competence Committee of the Chemical Industry Federation of Finland. Vice Chair of the Skilled workforce Committee at the Confederation of Finnish Industries EK. Member of the Board of Directors of Finnair, Chair of the People and Remuneration Committee of the Finnair Board Plc 2021–.
Bart Leenders, Neste
Bart Leenders
(born 1969)

Executive Vice President, Investment Management and Execution
M.Sc. (Mechanical Engineering)
Member of the Executive Committee since 2023

Joined the company in 2010. Responsible for Investment Management and Execution function, including Engineering Solutions, and procurement. Served previously as Vice President, Global Production, Renewable Platform 2015–2022, Interim Managing Director, Neste Singapore 2015, Managing Director, Neste Netherlands, Renewables Business unit 2010–2015 and Manufacturing Manager Downstream Operations, Huntsman 2005–2010. Member of the Circular Task Force of the Economic Board Zuid-Holland, Member of Executing Committee national Climate Agreement Mobility and Executing Committee national Aviation Agreement, Chair of the Dutch Association for Sustainable Biofuels (NVDB), and Board member of Deltalinqs, Enterprise Association for Mainport Rotterdam, representing Renewables and Chair of the safety domain.
Lars Peter Lindfors
Lars Peter Lindfors
(born 1964)

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

Re-joined the company in 2007. Responsible for Innovation, including research, development and technology as well as new business platforms. Previously responsible also for Investment Management, Information Technology, Procurement, Business Processes and Strategy. Served previously as Senior Vice President, Technology 2013–2019, Senior Vice President Technology and Strategy 2009–2012, and Vice President for the company’s Research and Technology unit 2007–2009. Previously served as Executive Vice President, Renewal and Development and Member of the Executive Team at Perstorp Group 2001–2007. Prior to that has served as R&D Manager and in various other positions at Neste 1989–2001. Chair 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.