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2015-04-15

Aspo Oyj: Sami Koskela appointed Managing Director of Aspo's Kaukomarkkinat

ASPO Plc STOCK EXCHANGE RELEASE April 15, 2015, at 09:00
SAMI KOSKELA APPOINTED MANAGING DIRECTOR OF ASPO'S KAUKOMARKKINAT
Sami Koskela (M.Sc. Eng., 35) has been appointed the new Managing Director of
Kaukomarkkinat Ltd, part of Aspo Group, and a member of the Group Executive
Committee of Aspo Group starting from April 17, 2015. Acting Managing
Director Kimmo Liukkonen will continue as a member of the Kaukomarkkinat
Board of Directors. Sami Koskela previously worked as the director of Nokia's
and subsequently Microsoft's Chinese operations from 2012, before which he
acted as director for Nokia's operations in Taiwan.

"Sami Koskela's expertise is a perfect match for the new development phase of
Kaukomarkkinat. His experience and role as a key player in the development
and production of successful products forms a solid base for the current
strategy of Kaukomarkkinat. His experience in combining wireless
communications with unique customer experiences, together with the changing
ways consumers use electronics in their everyday lives and demanding work
situations, enables Kaukomarkkinat to strongly develop its operations
further."

"Aspo has been able to stabilize the financial result of Kaukomarkkinat by
heavily eliminating non-core business functions in Finland and abroad. The
competence and motivation of the staff are now focused on IT solutions for
challenging working environments, demanding wireless communications tools,
and experiences. Building automation systems highlight the possibility to
control and adjust all devices using IT," says Aki Ojanen, Chairman of the
Kaukomarkkinat Board of Directors.

In 2014, Kaukomarkkinat posted net sales of EUR 36 million and an operating
profit of EUR 0.1 million. Kaukomarkkinat is part of Aspo Group. Its net
sales in 2014 totaled EUR 483 million and its operating profit stood at EUR
23.4 million. Aspo's strategy is to own, lead and develop its businesses that
are striving to become market leaders within their field. Aspo operates in 15
countries.

ASPO Plc

Aki Ojanen
CEO

For more information, please contact:
Aki Ojanen, CEO of Aspo Plc, Chairman of the Board of Kaukomarkkinat Ltd,
phone +358 9 5211, +358 400 106 592, e-mail aki.ojanen (a)aspo.com

DISTRIBUTION:
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www.aspo.com

Aspo is a conglomerate that owns and develops businesses in Northern Europe
and growth markets focusing on demanding B-to-B customers. The aim of our
strong corporate brands - ESL Shipping, Leipurin, Telko and Kaukomarkkinat -
is to be the market leaders in their sectors. They are responsible for their
own operations, customer relationships and the development of these. Together
they generate Aspo's goodwill. Aspo's Group structure and business operations
are developed persistently without any predefined schedules.

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Source: Aspo Oyj via Globenewswire

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