UPM Raflatac is preparing for further growth by adopting a new scalable global operating model. The new model consists of three strategic business units (SBUs) and three market regions. The SBUs are responsible for product offering and manufacturing globally. The market regions are responsible for the customer interface and service. The following UPM Raflatac Management Team appointments are valid as of 1 October 2016: Mauri Suomela has been appointed Senior Vice President, Paper Laminates SBU. Mark Pollard has been appointed Senior Vice President, Films SBU. Jussi Oksanen has been appointed Senior Vice President, Specials SBU. In addition Mark Pollard has been appointed to lead the Americas market region. Minna Katila has been appointed Vice President, Human Resources. Ulla-Riitta Unkuri has been appointed Vice President, Stakeholder Relations. Timo Kekki, Vice President, Business Control & Strategy, Mikko Kari, Vice President, Global Operations & Supply Chain as well as Jan-Erik Forsström, Vice President, R&D, continue in their current roles.
Bernd Eikens has been appointed Executive Vice President responsible for the UPM Paper Asia business area as of 1 February 2016.
He has been with UPM since 1998 holding several senior leadership positions in the paper business. He is currently responsible for UPM Paper in Europe and North America.
He has two master’s degrees, one in Paper Technology (Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany) and another in Industrial Engineering (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA). Additionally, he holds a doctorate in Chemical Engineering from Colorado State University, United States.
He is a board member of EUROGRAPH (European Association of Graphic Paper Producers) and VDP (German Pulp and Paper Association). Also, he is a member of the board of directors of Johann Bunte Bauunternehmung GmbH & Co. KG.