Kristian Pullola succeeds Mika Stirkkinen as Finnair Chief Financial Officer

posted on 24th August 2022 by Eddie Saunders
Kristian Pullola succeeds Mika Stirkkinen as Finnair Chief Financial Officer

Finnair has appointed Kristian Pullola, M.Sc. (Economics), 49, as Chief Financial Officer and member of the Finnair Executive Board as of 1 October 2022. Pullola will start at Finnair as an executive advisor already as of 1 September 2022.

Finnair’s current CFO Mika Stirkkinen will act as an executive advisor as of 1 October 2022 and leaves Finnair on 31 October 2022.

Kristian Pullola has previously worked for a long period as Chief Financial Officer of Nokia, and prior to that, he held other senior leadership positions in accounting, finance and investor relations at Nokia.

Pullola is a board member at Kemira Plc and Terveystalo Plc, and chairman of the board at Antilooppi Management, Eduhouse and FinanceKey.

”Mika and his team have been in a central role as we with comprehensive measures built a path for Finnair out of the historic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic”, says Topi Manner, Finnair CEO.

“I want to express my heartfelt thanks to him for this, and for all the work he has done in his different Finnair roles for the company.

“I wish Mika all the best for his next chapter.”

”At the same time, I welcome Kristian to the Finnair team, as we now build Finnair’s new strategy in a dramatically changed operating environment”, Manner says.

“Kristian’s vast experience in driving change is an asset for us as we move towards Finnair’s next chapter.”

”I am leaving Finnair with feelings of wistfulness and gratitude”, says Mika Stirkkinen.

“The pandemic was an ultimate stress test for us, and I am extremely proud of my team and the whole company.

“My 23 years in Finnair have been filled with learnings and new challenges, and it has been a privilege to be a part of the team.”  

”Finnair has a strong brand, attractive values and an important role as the gateway to the world from Finland”, says Kristian Pullola.

”I look forward to new learnings and the possibility to utilise my experience in the building and implementation of Finnair’s next phase.”