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Kesko Oyj: Mikko Helander to be Kesko Corporation's new Managing Director


to be Kesko Corporation's new Managing Director

Kesko Corporation's Board of Directors has appointed Mikko Helander, M.Sc.
(Tech.), as Kesko Corporation's Managing Director and Kesko Group's President
and Chief Executive Officer as from 1 January 2015.

Mikko Helander (b. 1960) will join Kesko as Kesko Corporation's Deputy
Managing Director and Member of the Group Management Board on 1 December 2014
at the latest and he will be Kesko Group's President and CEO starting from 1
January 2015. Helander has acted as the Chief Executive Officer of Metsä
Board Corporation and as a Member of the Executive Management Teamof Metsä
Group since 2006 and before that as the Chief Executive Officer of Metsä
Tissue Corporation as well as in various management positions at the Valmet
and Metso Groups. He has been a Board Member at Metsä Fibre Oy since 2008 and
at the German Pulp and Paper Association (VDP) since 2013. Earlier Helander
has been the Vice Chairman of the Board at Myllykoski Paper Oy in 2007-2012
and a Board Member at the Finnish Forest Industries Federation in 2007-2011.

Starting from 1 January 2015, President and CEO Matti Halmesmäki will continue
as a special advisor and in special assignments to be agreed with Kesko's
Board of Directors until 31 May 2015 when he will retire.

"In Kesko's history, Mikko Helander will be the first President and CEO that
has been nominated from outside the company. He has a strong track record in
effective business leadership in a rapidly changing operating environment.
Kesko's management is experienced and competent and the Group's financial
performance and condition are very strong. This will provide an excellent
basis for the work of the new President and CEO", says Board Chair Esa

Kesko will hold a press conference on the appointment today, Wednesday 28 May
2014, at 10 a.m. EET in the auditorium at Ankkurikatu 5, Helsinki. Mikko
Helander will also be present.

A photograph of Mikko Helander with personal information is available on
Kesko's website atwww.kesko.fi/Group-Management-Board.

Further information
will be available after the press conference from Board Chair Esa Kiiskinen,
tel. +358 10 53 50200, and President and CEO Matti Halmesmäki, tel. +358 10
53 22201.

Kesko Corporation

Merja Haverinen
Vice President, Group Communications

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Source: Kesko Oyj via Globenewswire


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