The board of directors of fiber specialist Ahlstrom has appointed Sakari Ahdekivi as the interim president and CEO with immediate effect. He replaces Marco Levi due to the announced merger plan between Ahlstrom and Munksjö Oyj.

‘Marco Levi has done an excellent job as the president and CEO of Ahlstrom,’ said Hans Sohlström, chairman of the board. ‘During his leadership the company has achieved a remarkable turnaround in profitability, resulting in significant value growth for the shareholders. As a leader he has created a truly customer-driven culture and an inspiring team spirit at Ahlstrom. On the behalf of the entire board of directors, I would like to sincerely thank Marco and wish him all the best and continued success in the future.’

Sakari Ahdekivi will continue as chief financial officer of Ahlstrom and will be a member of the management team of the combined Ahlstrom-Munksjö.

‘I'm pleased that Sakari Ahdekivi will lead Ahlstrom through the transition period until the planned merger with Munksjö will be completed during the first-half of 2017,’ Sohlström added.

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