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Jari Koikkalainen appointed President, Metso Paper and Fiber Technology, China region

Jari Koikkalainen has been appointed President of Metso Paper and Fiber Technology, China region as of August 1, 2011. He is currently Senior Vice President, Sales, Metso’s Paper business line and head of the company’s Paper and Fiber Technology sales function.

In his new position, Koikkalainen’s main focus will be to further strengthen Metso Paper and Fiber Technology’s market position by developing their sales and service in China to meet local customer expectations even better. He will also head the local management team to ensure excellent cooperation between all parts of the Metso organization.

Koikkalainen will be located in Beijing and he will report to Pasi Laine, President, Paper and Fiber Technology.

Koikkalainen succeeds Ari Harmaala, who has served Metso for 25 years, of which 18 years in Asia. He leaves Metso to be employed by Metsä-Botnia. Harmaala's role has been crucial in building Metso’s position as the key supplier in the entire Asia-Pacific area. During the past decade he has played an important role in developing Metso’s Chinese operations, from a number of varied companies into one strong corporation.

Metso is a global supplier of sustainable technology and services for mining, construction, power generation, automation, recycling and the pulp and paper industries. We have about 28,500 employees in more than 50 countries. www.metso.com