President and CEO, UPM
b. 1960, M.Sc. (Eng.)
Jussi Pesonen was named President and CEO of UPM in January 2004. Under his leadership, the company expanded UPM operations outside Europe, strengthened its positions in self-adhesive products and energy assets, and launched a major efficiency program.
Mr. Pesonen joined UPM in 1987 as a production engineer, advancing rapidly into leading management posts in various paper business areas. He is a member of the board of the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) and the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK), and serves on the boards of UPM and the pulp producer Oy MetsäBotnia Ab. He is also the Chairman of the Board of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation (FFIF).
Pesonen took his engineering degree in process technology at the University of Oulu in Finland.