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Pöyry Appoints Porta President, CEO

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The Board of Directors of Pöyry PLC, Finland, has appointed Martin à Porta (M. Sc. Eng.), 44, as the new president and CEO of Pöyry PLC. He will take up the position latest on  Feb. 1, 2016. Alexis Fries will continue as president and CEO until Porta takes up his position.
Porta joins Pöyry from Siemens Corp. where he is currently CEO of Siemens Building Technologies in Europe. Previously, he held leadership positions at Siemens spanning European, Asian, Middle Eastern, and Latin American countries. Martin started his career at Electrowatt Engineering, acquired by Pöyry in 1997.
"Martin has a strong track record of leadership in professional organizations. He was selected especially due to his high level of energy and strong team working skills," said Henrik Ehrnrooth, chairman of the Board of Directors of Pöyry PLC.
"I am excited to be rejoining Pöyry. It is an honor to lead the company," said Porta. "Managing a knowledge organization is challenging but very rewarding. Our society, markets, and clients require ever more environmentally-friendly, cost efficient products and processes; our urban living environment is getting more dense and needs a compact, efficient as well as sustainable infrastructure. The demand for these future products and new forms of energy production will continue and many customers expect it to be based on renewable raw materials and sources. Furthermore, future 'smart infrastructure' is designed for economic recycling of materials and energy. Pöyry's know-how is uniquely relevant to address these new demands. It is our vision to work in even closer collaboration with our clients, developing new concepts that will address these future challenges. It is a privilege to rejoin Pöyry and to continue to build a new future based upon Pöyry's unique knowledge and strong corporate culture."
Fries has served Pöyry as a member of the board since 2008. He was appointed president and CEO in September 2012 to restructure and reposition the company. Having successfully completed his assignment, Fries will continue as a member of the board.


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