Esa Rautalinko (Master of Economic Sciences), 55, has been appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors as of 30th of November 2018. He succeeds Christer Granskog (MSc. Eng) who has chaired Patria Board the last eight years.

Esa Rautalinko is the current CEO of Örum Group. He has an extensive experience in leadership in domestic and international companies. Also, he has experience in the boards of several companies and organisations.

Additionally, Senior Financial Adviser Petri Vihervuori from the Ownership Steering Department at the Prime Minister’s Office was appointed as a member of the Board. He replaces Kimmo Viertola, who has been appointed to the post of Director General of the Ownership Steering Department.

”I want to thank Christer Granskog for his outstanding work as the Chairman of the Patria Board. During the last eight years the company has changed a great deal. There is a new strategy in place and financially it is a solid company. Granskog has lead Patria diplomatically and with a firm experience,” says Director General Kimmo Viertola.

Päivi Marttila, CEO, Sievi Capital plc; Ari Puheloinen, General (ret.); Harald Aarø, Executive Vice President Business Development and Strategy, Kongsberg and Eirik Lie, Executive Vice President, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, Jarle Næss, Senior Vice President Business Development, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace and Gyrid Skalleberg Ingerø, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Kongsberg will continue as members of the Board of Directors.

Further information:

Jarmo Väisänen, Senior Financial Adviser, Ownership Steering Department, Prime Minister’s Office, tel. +358 29 516 0026,

Patria is an international provider of defence, security and aviation life cycle support services and technology solutions. Patria provides its aerospace and military customers with equipment availability, continuous performance development as well as selected intelligence, surveillance and management system products and services. Patria’s mission is to give its customers confidence in all conditions, and the vision is to be the #1 partner for critical operations. Patria has several locations including Finland, Sweden, Norway and Estonia. Net sales totaled EUR 467.7 million in 2017, and Patria employs 2,800 professionals. Patria is owned by the State of Finland (50.1%) and Norwegian Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (49.9%). Patria owns 50% of Norwegian Nammo, and together these three companies form a leading Nordic defence partnership.