Group Management Team


Eero Hautaniemi, b. 1965
M. Sc. (Econ.)

President and CEO 


Mr. Hautaniemi has been President and CEO of Oriola-KD Corporation since the establishment in 2006. Mr Hautaniemi served as President of GE Healthcare Finland Oy during 2004–2005, and as General Manager and Vice President of Oximetry, Supplies and Accessories business area of GE Healthcare IT in 2003–2004. Before this Mr. Hautaniemi held different positions in financial and business management in Instrumentarium Corporation in Finland and in the United States.

Mr. Hautaniemi is a member of the Board of Directors of Lassila & Tikanoja Corporation. He is also a member of the GIRP Management Board and GIRP Treasurer (GIRP= The European Association of Pharmaceutical Full-line Wholesalers).



Lars Birkeland    

Lars Birkeland, b. 1964

M.Sc. (Econ.)

Vice President, Pharmaceutical Retail, Sweden
Managing Director of Kronans Apotek

Mr. Lars Birkeland was appointed Vice President of Oriola-KD’s Pharmaceutical Retail business in Sweden and Managing Director of Kronans Droghandel AB (today Kronans Apotek) in January 2012. Previously Mr. Birkeland held the position of Managing Director of the Norwegian Apotek 1 pharmacy chain. Mr. Birkeland has 11 years' experience from the pharmaceutical retail and wholesale businesses within Tamro Group and he also brings with him over 10 years of retail experience from the USA within the fields of finance and business management.


Lars Birkeland    

Thomas Gawell, b. 1963

M.Sc. (Econ.)

Vice President, Pharmaceutical Wholesale, Sweden
Managing Director of Oriola AB

Mr. Thomas Gawell was appointed Vice President of Oriola-KD’s Pharmaceutical Wholesale business in Sweden in June 2009. Before that, Gawell held the position of Financial Manager of Oriola AB since 2001, and before joining Oriola AB Gawell held several Financial Management positions for over 10 years.


 Tuomas Itkonen    

Tuomas Itkonen, b. 1968
M. Sc. (Econ.)



Mr. Itkonen was appointed CFO (Chief Financial Officer) of Oriola-KD Corporation in November 2012. Mr. Itkonen joined Oriola-KD from Finnish Media company Alma Media Oyj where he held the position of CFO. Before that Mr. Itkonen served as CFO of wines and beverages wholesale, distribution and production company Altia Corporation in 2006–2008 and in several positions within financial management in Nokia Networks 1993–2006.


Jukka Mäkelä    

Jukka Mäkelä, b. 1963
M. Sc.
Vice President, Development


Mr. Mäkelä was appointed Vice President, Development of Oriola-KD Corporation in April 2013.
Before joining Oriola-KD, Mr. Mäkelä worked for Aedi Oy as partner and CEO. Before that Mr. Mäkelä worked for Accenture during 1990-2011 as a consultant and Business Unit Executive Director (partner) responsible for Retail & Wholesale and Manufacturing Industries.



Teija Silver    

Teija Silver, b. 1964
M.Sc. (Econ)
Vice President, Human Resources 


Ms. Teija Silver was appointed Vice President, Human Resources of Oriola-KD Corporation in October 2006. She joined Oriola-KD from GE Healthcare Finland where she held the position of Director, Human Resources. Before that she served in Nokia Networks as Director and Manager, Human Resources.



Kimmo Virtanen, b. 1968
M. Sc. (Econ.)

Executive Vice President, Pharmaceutical Wholesale, Finland, Sweden and Baltics
Managing Director of Oriola Oy
Deputy to CEO of Oriola-KD Corporation


Mr. Virtanen was appointed Executive Vice President of Oriola-KD's Pharmaceutical Wholesale businesses in Finland, Sweden and the Baltic Countries and Managing Director of Oriola Oy in May 2012. He was appointed CFO of Oriola-KD Corporation in 2006. Mr. Virtanen joined Oriola-KD from Componenta Corporation where he was CFO in 2003–2006. Before that, Mr. Virtanen served as CFO of Danisco Sweeteners in the UK and Finland in 1999–2003 and in several financial management positions of Cultor Corporation in 1995–1999.


The members of the Group Management Team are nominated by The Board of Directors. The Group Management Team convenes regularly to address matters concerning the entire Group. The Group Management Team is not a decision-making body. It assists the President and CEO in the implementation of Group strategy and in operational management, and facilitates the Group-wide distribution of information concerning the entire Group.


Oriola-KD's Group Management Team as of 6 February 2015:

  • Eero Hautaniemi, President and CEO
  • Lars Birkeland, Vice President, Pharmaceutical Retail, Sweden
  • Thomas Gawell, Vice President, Pharmaceutical Wholesale, Sweden
  • Tuomas Itkonen, CFO
  • Jukka Mäkelä, Vice President, Development
  • Teija Silver, Vice President, HR
  • Kimmo Virtanen, Executive Vice President, Pharmaceutical Wholesale, Finland, Sweden and the Baltics


Further information on the remuneration of the members of the Group Management Team can be found in the Remuneration Statement and in the Financial Statement.