The current President of Millog Aarne Nieminen retires on 30 September 2017. He has led Millog since the company was established and he has been one of the leading figures in building the strategic partnership with the Finnish Defence Forces.

Millog’s Board of Directors has appointed M.Sc. (Eng.) Sami Pitkänen, 46, as the new President. He has a broad experience of management in service operations at Outotec, Metso and in production at Stora Enso. His current position is Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing at Outotec. He will start in the new position on 1 August 2017.

”Millog has in ten years grown to a significant strategic partner to the Finnish Defence Forces and considerable changes have taken place during the last few years. The company is in good shape and employs more than one thousand maintenance professionals at 22 locations. This is a good starting point to a new President. Sami Pitkänen has a broad experience of managing service businesses and a clear proof of development ability. We at the Board are confident that the positive development will continue under the command of the new President”, states Olli Isotalo, the Chairman of the Millog Board of Directors and CEO and President of Patria Group.

"Millog is a very interesting company, which has grown a lot in a short period of time gaining simultaneously the trust of the customer. I am especially happy for the customer oriented approach in everything they do. I believe that together with the professional personnel and management we will continue to grow, to create added value to the customer and to seize the new opportunities in line with the strategy”, says Sami Pitkänen.

Sami Pitkänen – CV

Born 1970, M.Sc. (Eng.)

Key experience:

Outotec, Minerals Processing 2014-2017:
Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing
Vice President Global Sales
Vice President Operation & Maintenance

Metso Automation 2009-2014:
Vice President Services, EMEA Region
Vice President Services, Process Automation
Vice President Sales and Services Finland and Baltics

Stora Enso 1995-2009:
Area Manager in several project studies
Paper Mill Manager
Operations Manager Deinking & Power Plant
R&D and Production Engineer roles


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Patria’s subsidiary Millog Oy is the strategic partner of the Finnish Defence Forces being responsible for maintenance of the Army and Navy material and life cycle services both in peace and in crisis. Millog Oy’s subsidiary (100 %) Senop Oy delivers optronics and system integration services.