Esko Aho, former Prime Minister of Finland and a member of the Science Business Innovation Board, is to join Nokia on 1 November, becoming a member of the Nokia Group executive board on January 1, 2009. Aho is appointed as Executive Vice President, Corporate Relations and Responsibility, replacing Veli Sundbäck who is retiring.
Aho, currently head of the Finnish Innovation Fund, SITRA, said joining Nokia is an inspiring new challenge. “There is a lot to learn but I believe I will be able to draw on my experience from both a think tank environment as well as from international politics. It is a privilege to serve on Nokia’s group executive board and I really look forward to working with the Nokia team.”
As of January 1, 2009 Nokia’s board will consist of the following members; Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo (Chairman), Esko Aho, Robert Andersson, Simon Beresford-Wylie, Timo Ihamuotila, Mary T. McDowell, Hallstein Moerk, Tero Ojanperä, Niklas Savander, Rick Simonson, Anssi Vanjoki and Kai Öistämö.