Management Board

Wolfgang Büchele

President and CEO as of April 1, 2012

Chairman of the Management Board as of April 1, 2012

Born  1959, Dr. rer. Nat.
With Kemira, Member of the Board of Directors, 2009 – March 2012

 Career history:

  • Member of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of BorsodChem Zrt., 2009–2011 
  • Senior Advisor of Permira Beteiligungsberatung GmbH., 2008–2011 
  • Project Advisor, Blackstone Group LLP, 2008
  • BASF AG, various positions, 1987–2007:
    • President Fine Chemicals Division, 2005–2007
    • President Performance Chemicals Division, 2003–2005 
    • Chairman of the Supervisory Board BASF Printing Systems GmbH
    • President Eastern Europe, Africa, West Asia Regional Division, 2001–2003
    • Group Vice President Business Management Fine Chemicals Europe, 1999–2001
    • Director Global Marketing Cosmetic Raw Materials, 1997–1999
    • Director Regional Marketing Catalysts Asia, 1993–1997
    • Head of Research Group Industrial Catalysts, 1990–1993
    • Research Chemist, 1987–1993

Positions of trust:

  • Merck KGaA, Member of the Supervisory Board since 2009 
  • E. Merck KG, Member of the Board of Partners since 2009

Hannu Virolainen

President, Segment Municipal & Industrial & EHSQ as of November 1, 2011

Member of Management Board

Born 1963, M.Sc. Economics, M.Sc. Agriculture
With Kemira since 1989

 Career history:

  • Kemira Oyj, Senior Vice President, Customer Segment Industrial, 2009–2011
  • Kemira Oyj, President, BA Specialty, 2008–2009
  • Kemira Oyj, Vice President, BU WS Fertilizers, 2004–2008
  • Kemira GrowHow Oy, Executive Vice President, SBU Specialty Crop Care, 1999–2004
  • Kemira Agro Oy, Vice President, Supply Chain and IT, 1995–1999
  • Kemira Agro Oy, Sales, analytical and operational management positions, 1989–  1994  

Positions of trust:

  • Viestintätoimisto Pohjoisranta Oy, Vice Chairman of the Board, 2011–03/2012
  • Viestintätoimisto Pohjoisranta Oy, Chairman of the Board,  2005–2010

Hilton Casas de Almeida

President, Region South America 

Member of Management Board

Born 1961, B.Sc. (Chemistry)
With Kemira since 2007

 Career history:

  • Basf SA, Functional Polymers Unit, Regional Business Director, 2004–2007
  • Basf AG, Functional Polymers Division, Sales Manager (Europe), 2001–2004
  • Basf SA, Specialty Chemicals Division, Regional Sales & Marketing Manager, Product Manager, Sales Representative, Technical Assistant 1989–2001
  • Bera do Brasil Met. E. Com. Metais Ltda., Head of the Technical Department, Quality Control Head, 1985–1988
  • Duratex SA, Technical in Development of Manufacturing Process, 1982–1985

Positions of trust:

  • Brazil Finland Business Council , Vice President since 2012

Jyrki Mäki-Kala

Chief Financial Officer, since 2008
Deputy CEO, since September 1, 2009

Member of Management Board

Born 1961, M.Sc. (Econ.)
With Kemira since 2005

 Career history: 

  • Kemira Oyj, President of the Kemira Pulp&Paper business area, 2008 
  • Kemira Oyj, Kemira Pulp&Paper, Vice President, Finance & Control, 2006–2007
  • Kemira Oyj, Kemira Pulp&Paper, Vice President, Lanxess Paper Chemicals Integration, 2005–2007
  • Kemira Oyj, Kemira Pulp&Paper, Vice President, Bleaching Chemicals Finland, 2005–2006
  • Finnish Chemicals Oy, Business Controller, Director of Business Development, CFO, Divisional director and Managing Director, 1988–2008

Positions of trust:

  • Northern Power Company Ltd., member of the Board since 2009

Petri Helsky

President, Segment Paper & Region EMEA since 2008

Member of Management Board

Born 1966, M.Sc. (Chem. Eng.), M.Sc. (Econ.)
With Kemira since 2007

 Career history:

  • Kemira ChemSolutions, Senior Vice President, SBU Manager, 2007–2008
  • Kemira ChemSolutions b.v., Managing Director, 2007–2008
  • Solvay SA, Business Manager H2O2 EMEA, 2002–2007
  • Oy Finnish Peroxides Ab, Managing Director, 1997–2002
  • Solvay Nordic Ab, General Manager, 1996–1997
  • Solvay Nordic Ab, Sales Manager, 1993–1996
  • Dow Corning, Sales Responsible, 1992–1993

Frank Wegener

President, Segment ChemSolutions

Member of Management Board

Born 1962, PhD (Technical Chemistry)
With Kemira since 1998

 Career history:

  • Manager Chemidet - SBU, 2004–2005   
  • Managing Director - Kemira Chemie GmbH., 1998–2007
  • Arco Chemical Company (today: Lyondell Chemical), 1995–1998
    • Sales Manager Glycols, Solvents, BDO & Derivatives, 1997–1998
    • Senior Sales Representative Glycols & Solvents, 1995–1997
  • Safechem GmbH (Subsidiary of  Dow Chemicals), 1993–1995
    • Technical Sales Representative New Solvents
  • Janssen GmbH (Johnson & Johnson), 1992–1993
    • Sales Representative pharmaceuticals

Antti Salminen

EVP, Supply Chain Management 

Member of Management Board

Born 1971, PhD (Eng.)
With Kemira since 2011

 Career History:

  • KONE Corporation: Director, New Equipment Business, Asia Pacific, 2009–2011
  • KONE Corporation: Vice President, Delivery Process, 2005–2009
  • Capgemini Finland: Managing Consultant (head of business process consulting), 2000–2005
  • Helsinki University of Technology: Research scientist, project manager, program manager, 1995–2000

Eeva Salonen

EVP, Human Resources

Member of Management Board

Born 1960, M.A.
With Kemira since 2008

 Career history:

  • Nokia Oyj, Vice President, Human Resources, Devices Research and Development, January 1, 2008 – June 8, 2008
  • Nokia Oyj, Vice President, Human Resources, Mobile Phones Business Group, 2004–2007
  • Nokia Oyj, Director, Business HR, Nokia Mobile Phones, Global Operations, Logistics and Sourcing, 2002–2004
  • Nokia Oyj, Senior Business HR Manager, Nokia Mobile Phones, operations, Logistics and Sourcing, Europe and Africa, 1999–2002
  • Nokia Oyj, Human Resources Development Manager, Nokia Mobile Phones, Europe and Africa region, 1995–1999
  • Quality Systems Oy, Counsultant and Reasearch Manager positions, 1987–1994  

Randy Owens

President, Segment Oil & Mining & region NAFTA since 2008
Region Head of North America since 2010 

Member of Management Board

Born 1964, B.Sc. MBA
With Kemira since 2002

 Career history:

  • Kemira Oyj, Kemira Pulp&Paper, Vice President, Strategic Business Unit Additives, 2002–2008
  • Vinings Industries, Business Manager, Sales/Product Management//Marketing Management, 1991–2002
  • Nalco Chemicals, Sales, 1987–1991

Joe Chan

Vice President, Region Asia Pacific since 2011

Member of Management Board since 2012

Born 1956, Executive MBA degree from CEIBS
With Kemira since 2011

 Career history:

  • Kemira Chemicals (Shanghai) Co. Ltd., President, Head of Asia Pacific, since 2011
  • Bauhinia International Limited, General Manager, 2008–2011 
  • Fujian Fynex Textile Limited, CEO, 2006–2007      
  • Ciba Region China (China, Taiwan, Hong Kong) Segment Head for Paper Chemicals, 2004–2006    
  • Ciba Region China (China, Taiwan, Hong Kong) Segment Head for Water Chemicals, 2001–2003
  • Asia Pacific Regional Director of Laporte Plc Pigments Division,2000–04/2001
  • Ciba Joint-Ventures, Qingdao, General Manager, 1998–2000
  • Textile Dyestuffs Division, Ciba Specialty Chemicals (H.K.) Ltd, Business Group Manager, 1996–1998 
  • Textile Dyestuffs Division, Ciba-Geigy (H.K.) Ltd., Business Group Manager, 1995–1996
  • Ciba-Geigy (Taiwan) Ltd., Vice President, 1991–1994    
  • Dyestuffs & Chemicals Division, Ciba-Geigy (H.K.) Ltd., various positions, 1979–1991
    • Country Manager-PRC, 1988–1991
    • Promotion Manager-Regional, 1986–1988 
    • Technical Sales Representative-PRC, 1981–1986 
    • Sales Representative-HKG, 1979–1981
  •  BASF agent section, Jebsen & Co. Ltd., Sales Representative-HKG, 1979

Heidi Fagerholm

CTO

Member of Management Board

Born 1964, D.Sc. (Chem.Eng.) 
With Kemira since 2010

 Career history:

  • Kemira Oyj, Vice President, R&D since 2010
  • Ahlstrom Group, Business Area Building and Energy Nonwovens, Vice President Product Development 2007–2010
  • Ciba Specialty Chemicals Oy, Head of Technical Center Europe (EuMEA) 2006–2007
  • Top Analytica Ltd., Managing Director 2001–2006
  • Turku Technology Center Ltd., Project Manager and Director of R&D Unit 1994–2001
  • Adjunct professor at Åbo Akademi University since 1997
  • Member of Swedish Technical Science Academy of Finland since 2007

Positions of trust:

  • Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, Member of the Board, July 8, 2011 – June 30, 2014