Management team

Alko Inc. has a Management Team consisting of seven members.

Alko Inc.'s Board of Directors appoints the President & CEO, the President & CEO's deputies and other members of the Management Team.

The Management Team handles the company's strategy, action plan and budget as well as other matters to be presented to the Board of Directors.

The Management Team's task, moreover, is to monitor financial performance, business operations and the implementation of operational decisions.

The Management Team meets regularly, on average twice per month.

You can send mail to the Management Team to the following postal address: Alko Inc., POB 99, 00101 HELSINKI



Leena Laitinen

President and CEO Chairman of the Management Team

b. 1970

Master of Economics and Business Administration

In service to Alko since 1.10.2017

Principal employment history

  • Snellman Group, CEO (2013–2017)

  • SOK, Executive Vice President, Consumer goods trade (2009–2013)

  • SOK, Prisma, Chain director (2007–2009)

  • SOK, Country Manager, Managing Director, Estonia (2006–2007)

  • SOK, AS Prisma Peremarket, Managing Director, Estonia (2004–2006)

  • Keskimaa SOK, Prisma Director (2000–2004)

  • Osuuskauppa PeeÄssä, Prisma Director (1997–2000)

  • Osuuskauppa PeeÄssä, Customer Service Manager (1996–1997)

Current positions of trust

  • Aava Terveyspalvelut, Member of the Board (2017–)

Anton Westermarck

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

b. 1968

Master of Economics and Business Administration

telephone 020 711 5441

In service to the Alko since 2014

Principal employment history

  • Oy Gustav Paulig Ab, Finance Director (2012-2014)

  • Novo Nordisk, Regional Finance Director (2006-2012)

  • Novo Nordisk, Controlling Manager (2002-2006)

  • Novo Nordisk, Business Development Director (2002)

  • Siemens Building Technologies, Finance & Admin Manager (1999-2002)

  • France Telecom/Global One, Country Controller (1995-1999)

  • ISS Servisystem Oy, Finance Manager (1993-1995)

  • ISS Servisystem Oy, Financial Assistant (1991-1993)

Current positions of trust

  • Kiinteistö Oy Arkadiantalo, Chairman of the Board (2014-)

Minna Alitalo

Executive Vice President, Purchases 

b. 1962

Master of Economics and Business Administration

telephone 020 711 5762

In service to Alko since 2009

Principal employment history

  • Isku-Yhtymä Oy, Director of Finance (2005–2009)

  • Indoor Group Oy, Financial and Administrative Director (2003–2005)

  • Eimo Oyj, Project Manager, Manager and Senior Vice President of Customer Process, Controller (1999–2003)

  • Makron Oy, Project Manager, Product Manager, Marketing Services Manager (1995–1999) Lahden Seurahuone Oy, Sales representative, Sales secretary (1987–1993)

Current positions of trust

  • Efima Oy, Chairman of the Board (2017–)

  • SRV Yhtiöt Oyj, Member of the Board (2012–)

Maritta Iso-Aho

Executive Vice President, Communications

b. 1964

Master of Administrative Sciences, eMBA

telephone 020 711 5443

In service to Alko since 2008

Principal employment history

  • Eurest Finland Oy, Chief operating Officer (2007–2008)

  • Silta Oy, Director of Sales and Marketing (2006–2007)

  • Fazer Amica Oy, Director of Marketing and Vice Managing Director (2004–2006) Confederation of Finnish Industries, Economic Policy Officer (2002–2004)

  • Amica Ravintolat Oy, Administrative Manager, Administrator, Head of Development (1994–2002)

  • Kulinaari Ravintolat Oy, Administrator (1990–1993)

Current positions of trust

  • Katri Antell Oy, Member of the Board (2011– )

  • State Economic and Human Resources Service Centre, Advisory Board Member (2010–)

  • A-Clinic Foundation, Member of the Board (2009– )  

Kari Pennanen

Executive Vice President, Stores and Facilities

b. 1964

Master of Social Sciences, eMBA, Certified Real Estate Manager

telephone 020 711 5112

In service to Alko since 1989

Principal employment history

  • Alko Inc., Executive Vice President, Customer Services (2003– )

  • Alko Inc., District Manager (1997–2003)

  • Alko Inc., Shop Manager (1992–1997)

  • Alko Inc, Supervisor Preparation Trainer (1989–1991)

  • Kesko Corporation, Marketing Consultant (1988–1989)

Current positions of trust

Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce, Member of trade and services committee (2012–)

Merja Rissanen

Executive Vice President, Human Resources

b. 1967

Master of Economics and Business Administration

telephone 020 711 5573

Principal employment history:

  • Restel Oy, Senior Vice President, HR (2015-2018)                                                                    

  • Finnfund, HR Manager (2014)

  • Midagon Oy, Managing Consultant, HR (2013)

  • Finnair Oyj, Country Director, France (2011-2012)

  • Finnair Oyj, Vice President Business HR (2009-2011)

  • Finnair Oyj, Head of Business HR (2007-2009)

  • Finnair Oyj, Director Service Design and Management  (2006-2007)

  • Finnair Oyj, HR Director (1999-2006)

  • Finnair Oyj, HRD Manager (1998-1999)

  • Oy Stockmann Ab, Business Controller, Customer Service Manager, Personnel Manager (1994-1997)

Paula Kujansivu

Executive Vice President, Online and Supply Chain

b. 1976

Adjunct Professor, D.Sc. (Tech.), M.Sc.

telephone 020 711 5476

In service to the company since 2012

Principal employment history

  • Alko Inc., Project Director, Digital Service Business (2015-2016)

  • Alko Inc., Development Manager (2012-2015)

  • Tampere University of Technology, Senior Researcher (2008-2012)

  • Tampere University of Technology, Researcher (2001-2008)

Current positions of trust

  • Palpa Lasi Oy, Chairman of the Board (2017-)

  • Suomen Palautuspakkaus Oy, member of the board (2017-)

  • Lappeenranta University of Technology, Adjunct Professor (2013-)