NOKIA, Finland (May 27, 2014) — Nokian Tyres P.L.C. has hired Ari Lehtoranta, an executive with Kone Corp., to become its president and CEO.
He succeeds Kim Gran, who plans to retire this fall after 14 years at the helm of the company, Nokian said.
Mr. Lehtoranta, 51, will assume Nokian's presidency on Sept. 1 and the CEO role on Oct. 1, according to the firm. He currently is executive vice president, Central and North Europe, for Helsinki-based Kone, a producer of elevators, escalators and automatic building doors.
“Ari Lehtoranta has strong international management experience and a track record of achieving profitable results together with the organization,” said Petteri Walldén, Nokian Tyres' chairman. “I am confident that under his leadership, Nokian Tyres will be continuing to execute the successful strategy of profitable growth.”