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Finnair Appoints Kaisa Aalto-Luoto as Chief People Officer and Member of the Executive Board

Finnair has appointed Kaisa Aalto-Luoto as the airline’s new Chief People Officer and Member of the Executive Board effective Autumn 2023. Finnair’s current SVP of Human Resources, Johanna Karppi, will continue in her role until that time.


Finnair's New Chief People Officer, Kaisa Aalto-Luoto - Photo Inset Credit: Kaisa Aalto-Luoto/Linkedin

On Tuesday (May 23, 2023), Finnair announced the appointment of Kaisa Aalto-Luoto as the carrier’s new Chief People Manager and member of the Executive Board effective Autumn 2023. She will join the company no later than November 23, 2023. Johanna Karppi, Finnair’s current Senior Vice President of Human resources will continue in her role until that time, and will depart the airline at a later date, yet to be determined. Ms. Aalto-Luoto currently works as Chief Human Resources Manager for Sanoma Media. Previously, she served as SVP – Human Resources and Communications at Outotec, and she has also had a long career in demanding HR management positions at Outotec and Mandatum Life.

In Tuesday’s personnel announcement, Finnair’s CEO, Topi Manner, said,


“Johanna has done an excellent job in extremely difficult circumstances as Finnair has faced a double crisis caused by the pandemic and the closure of Russian airspace, both of which have also required difficult decisions regarding our personnel. Cooperation with our personnel groups has been central to Finnair’s survival and recovery, and Johanna has played a key role. I would like to thank Johanna warmly for her contribution to Finnair and I wish her all the best for the future.


“At the same time, I want to warmly welcome Kaisa to the Finnair team. Kaisa's broad experience will be valuable as we take Finnair to the next stage. The acute crisis is now behind us, and in our next phase, employee experience, competence development and new ways of working are essential elements in implementing Finnair's strategy.”


Commenting on her upcoming departure from the company, Finnair’s SVP – Human Resources, Johanna Karppi, said,


“I joined Finnair a few months before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the perseverance and commitment of Finnair employees both during the pandemic and following the closure of Russian airspace will always remain in my mind. I want to thank both my team and colleagues for these years, as well as for all the shared achievements and learnings.”


Finnair’s new Chief People Officer, Kaisa Aalto-Luoto, added,


“I’m looking forward to diving into the world of Finnair. Aviation is an industry that combines the fast pace of consumer business, strict regulatory requirements, and 24/7 operations. Employee experience plays a strong role in the continuous improvement of the company. Finnair connects Finland to the world, and I am delighted for the opportunity to be a part of its future.”


Specializing in passenger and cargo traffic between Asia, North America and Europe, Finnair is a modern premium network airline with a competitive advantage due to their geographical location. Sustainability is at the heart of everything Finnair does, and the carrier is committed to cutting their net emissions by 50 percent by the end of 2025 (compared to a 2019 baseline) and achieving carbon neutrality by the end of 2045. Finnair is a member of the global oneworld® alliance and the company’s shares are traded on the Nasdaq Helsinki stock exchange.



Source: Finnair

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