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Metso Announces New Paper and Fiber Technology Organization

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Metso, Finland, announced this past week that its Paper and Fiber Technology segment (PFT) will have a new organization. Beginning October 1, PFT will comprise geographical areas and global businesses. The areas will be North America, South America, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), China, and Asia Pacific, and the business lines will be Paper, Fiber, and Services.

"The new organization is essential for putting PFT's new strategy into effect. With these arrangements we can work effectively as one to strengthen our position as supplier of the most competitive technology and services for the pulp and paper industry globally," says Pasi Laine, president of PFT. "By strengthening our area operations we can get closer to our customers and be able to serve the pulp and paper industry even better. With the new, dedicated Services business line we can offer a full range of services from one organization, enabling the other businesses to focus on providing even more competitive ranges of capital products."

Appointments include: Jari Vähäpesola, head of Paper business line; Mikael Sundqvist, acting head of Fiber business line; Jukka Tiitinen, head of Services business line; Bill Bohn, acting head of North America; Celso Tacla, head of South America; Hannu Mälkiä, head of EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa); and Jari Koikkalainen, head of China and coordination of Asia Pacific.

PFT's support functions will continue to be: Finance, HR, IT, and now also the Legal function, headed by Kari Saarinen; Strategic and Operation development, headed by Mikko Siiteri; Marketing and Communications, headed by Ilkka Hiirsalmi; Quality and Environment, headed by Kari Karhama; and IPR and Technology coordination, headed by Jouko Yli-Kauppila

The effective date for the new organization and the appointments is October 1.


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