Helsinki / FI. (fc) The Board of Directors of Fiskars Corporation has appointed M.Sc. (Tech.) Nathalie Ahlström (born 1974) as President and Chief Executive Officer of Fiskars Corporation. She will start in the position in January 2021, at the latest. At the start she will step down from the Board of Directors at Fiskars. She has been a member of the Fiskars Board of Directors since March 2020.
Nathalie Ahlström has more than 20 years of experience in international business. She joins Fiskars from Fazer Group where she has been working since 2018 as EVP, Fazer Confectionery and member of the Fazer Group Management Team. Prior to that, she held several leadership positions at Amcor Limited, a global consumer packaging company, and was based both in Asia and Europe. She is a member of the Board of Directors at Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj.
«We are very pleased that Nathalie is joining Fiskars Group as President and CEO. She has a proven track record in both strategic planning as well as operational execution. I’m convinced that the combination of her results-driven and values-based leadership style will help Fiskars pursue profitable growth and the ambition to be the first choice in the garden and outdoors, at the table and in the kitchen,» said Paul Ehrnrooth, chairman of the Board of Directors. «We conducted a thorough and intensive international search process, and concluded Nathalie to be best suited to lead the company and build sustainable growth.»
«I am honored to join Fiskars Group and take the responsibility to lead this great company in its next phase with strong brands that are loved by so many people,» said Nathalie Ahlström. «Together with the team we will focus on creating shareholder value and delivering on Fiskars Group’s purpose of making the everyday extraordinary.»
Sari Pohjonen has acted as the Interim President and CEO since April 2020 and will continue in this role until Nathalie Ahlström assumes her duties as CEO. After this, Sari Pohjonen will continue as the Chief Financial Officer, deputy to the CEO, and member of the Group Leadership Team.
«Fazer Confectionery has during the past few years grown and strengthened its position as one of the leading Nordic confectionery companies, which makes us well equipped for the future in this exiting business. I would like to take the opportunity to thank Nathalie Ahlström for her strong contribution to Fazer. I wish her success in her new role,» says Christoph Vitzthum, President and CEO of Fazer Group, in another news release. Ahlström joined Fazer in September 2018 and will continue in her position until January 2021.