Finnair has selected Turkka Kuusisto (44, MSc. Tech) as the new CEO, with his term beginning no later than July 11, 2024. Kuusisto joins Finnair from Posti Group Corporation, where he has been CEO since 2020. Before becoming CEO at Posti Group Corporation, Kuusisto held senior leadership positions at both Posti Group Corporation and Lindorff Group.
”I am happy to welcome Turkka Kuusisto to take the helm of Finnair and drive the next phases of Finnair’s strategy. Finnair has restored its profitability after the historic double crisis. The company is well-positioned to continue to build a sustainable future, offering excellent connections via its Helsinki hub to both Finns and to customers traveling between Europe and Asia, the Middle East, and Americas,” says Sanna Suvanto-Harsaae, Chair of the Board of Directors, Finnair.
“Turkka brings to Finnair his strong understanding of complex industries and his proven people leadership and strategy skills, which will benefit Finnair as Finnair now moves to the next phase in its strategy,” Suvanto-Harsaae says.
”Finnair embodies to me Finnish spirit and global connections, and it has a long and unique heritage as a 100-year-old airline. I am excited and humbled to take on the role of CEO in this iconic company. Working side by side with all Finnair colleagues and carefully listening to our customers, I trust our joint journey will be successful,” says Turkka Kuusisto.
Finnair’s CEO, Topi Manner, will depart on January 15, 2024. He announced his plans in August last year after accepting the CEO position at Elisa Corporation.
During the transition period, Jaakko Schildt, Finnair’s Chief Operating Officer, will serve as interim CEO until the new CEO takes over.