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To accelerate the execution of the Group’s updated strategy on capturing organic growth opportunities, improving profitability, lightening balance sheet and especially to improve operational performance by capturing Group-wide synergies, Rapala has made the following changes to its executive committee.

Changes are effective immediately.

Lars Ollberg has been appointed as chief operating officer. He is in charge of the Group’s businesses and distribution, except North America, Russia, Japan and the hooks, which report directly to CEO, Jussi Ristimäki.

There are changes in responsibility areas of other executive committee members.

Their responsibilities are as follows:

Jussi Ristimäki, president and chief executive officer, chairman of the executive committee.

Olli Aho, company counsel and investor relations.

Stanislas de Castelnau, head of manufacturing operations and global supply chain development, head of hook business unit.

Jan-Elof Cavander, chief financial officer.

Tom Mackin, head of distribution and brands in North America.

Arto Nygren, head of lure manufacturing, reporting to Stanislas de de Castelnau.

Victor Skvortsov, head of distribution in Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

Cyrille Viellard, market intelligence and business development, reporting to Lars Ollberg.

Aku Valta will leave the executive committee and work as senior adviser to the Group in Australia.


Author: Simon Calvert

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