Kemira announces organisation restructuring plans

Kemira announces organisation restructuring plans

10:57 AM, 10th March 2017
Jari Rosendal, president and CEO of Kemira. (File photo)
Jari Rosendal, president and CEO of Kemira. (File photo)

HELSINKI, FINLAND: Kemira Oyj said that it will merge the municipal & industrial and oil & mining segments into one new segment industry & water. The main objectives of the change are to simplify Kemira's way of working and further improve service to its customers. The company will also start planning to adjust its organisational structure overall to support the two-segment model and seek further efficiencies.

Due to the planned organisational changes, Tarjei Johansen, president, oil & mining segment, will leave the company during March 2017. Antti Salminen, currently president, municipal & industrial segment, will also act as the interim president, oil & mining segment and region Americas from March 9, 2017, until the segments are merged.

Kemira's new organisation will consist of two segments: pulp & paper (revenue in 2016: €1,450 million) and industry & water (€910 million). The planned changes are expected to improve efficiency and deliver annual savings between €15-20 million with a full run-rate by the end of 2017.

The target date for the new organisational structure is 1 June. Kemira will publish financial figures according to the new segment structure from the second quarter in 2017 onwards. Restated financials for the new segment will be published before the end of June 2017.

Kemira Oyj's management board as of June 1, 2017

  • Jari Rosendal, president and CEO
  • Kim Poulsen, president, pulp & paper segment
  • Antti Salminen, president, industry & water segment
  • Petri Castren, chief financial officer (CFO)
  • Heidi Fagerholm, chief technology officer (CTO)
  • Esa-Matti Puputti, EVP, Operational Excellence
  • Eeva Salonen, EVP, Human Resources

Jukka Hakkila, group general counsel, will continue to act as the secretary to the management board and as deputy CEO.

"The planned change focuses on improved customer service and simplified ways of working. We want to respond faster to our customers' needs. In addition, by merging two segments into one, we create a bigger and stronger segment, with around EUR 910 million in revenue. Oil & gas and mining remain our key customer industries, and we further strengthen our position in water treatment," said Jari Rosendal, Kemira's President & CEO.

"We continue to implement our strategy, and this is an additional important step forward in achieving our strategic target to grow above-the-market with reaching an operative EBITDA margin level between 14-16 percent," added Rosendal.

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