March 25, 2010

Mr. Hannu Leinonen and Mr. Juha Koponen appointed to Onninen’s Board of Directors  

The Annual General Meeting of Onninen Oy has appointed Mr. Hannu Leinonen, President and CEO of Destia and Mr. Juha Koponen, President and CEO of Tamro Group as new members of Onninen’s Board of Directors.

- We were looking for additional competence for the Board especially in construction business,  Eastern Trade and wholesale business. Construction business and Eastern Trade are Mr. Leinonen’s specialities, while Mr. Koponen’s know-how and experience are in wholesale business, says Maarit Toivanen-Koivisto, Chair of the Board at Onninen Oy.

Professor Eero Eloranta, Mr. Karsten Slotte, President of Fazer Group and Mr. Juha Järvinen, M.Sc. (Econ.) continue as members in Onninen’s Board of Directors. – I am satisfied especially with the fact that we were able to broaden the composition of the Board, because even more comprehensive experience in our business environment in the Board is important for the future of the company. New composition is a good combination of competence and experience in several areas, Toivanen-Koivisto continues.

Mr. Hannu Leinonen and Mr. Juha Koponen start as members of the Board as of April 8, 2010.

Kai Puustinen, Senior Vice President Group Communications,, tel. +358 40 776 7068

Onninen provides comprehensive materials services to contractors, industry, public organisations and technical product retailers.  We are a family-owned company and have operated in the industry since 1913. We have 3,000 employees in our Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Baltic and Kazakh operations. Our net sales for 2009 totalled EUR 1.34 billion.