Konecranes appoints Anneli Karkovirta Senior Vice President, Human Resources

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Konecranes appoints Anneli Karkovirta Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Konecranes has today appointed Anneli Karkovirta (b. 1963) Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Member of the Konecranes Leadership Team effective August 30, 2021. In her role she will be responsible for human resources, marketing & communications and sustainability and will report to Rob Smith, President and CEO.

Karkovirta, currently Vice President, HR Business Area Industrial Equipment, corporate strategy projects and M&A, will transition duties with Timo Leskinen who will leave the company on September 30, 2021, as announced earlier. Until his departure, Leskinen will act as a Senior Advisor to ensure a smooth and effective transition of his current duties. 

"I warmly welcome Anneli to our Konecranes Leadership Team. She brings excellent integration and organization development understanding, as well as extensive HR experience to the role. I am happy that we found a successor for Timo internally, demonstrating our strong in-house experience and talent. Anneli is well liked and appreciated by our employees, and I look forward to working with her," says Rob Smith.

Anneli Karkovirta has over 20 years of experience in human resources, integration and organization development. She joined Konecranes in 2014 and has held several human resources leadership positions since then. Karkovirta has a Master’s degree in Economics and Business Administration.

From August 30, 2021, the Konecranes Leadership Team will consist of the following members:

Rob Smith, President and CEO (until December 31, 2021)
Teo Ottola, CFO, Deputy CEO
Fabio Fiorino, Executive Vice President, Business Area Service
Carolin Paulus, Executive Vice President, Business Area Industrial Equipment
Mika Mahlberg, Executive Vice President, Business Area Port Solutions
Juha Pankakoski, Executive Vice President, Technologies
Anneli Karkovirta, Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Sirpa Poitsalo, Senior Vice President, General Counsel
Topi Tiitola, Senior Vice President, Integration and Project Management Office



Rob Smith
President and CEO

Kiira Fröberg, Vice President, Investor Relations, tel. +358 (0) 20 427 2050

Konecranes is a world-leading group of Lifting Businesses™, serving a broad range of customers, including manufacturing and process industries, shipyards, ports and terminals. Konecranes provides productivity enhancing lifting solutions as well as services for lifting equipment of all makes. In 2020, Group sales totaled EUR 3.2 billion. The Group has around 16,500 employees in 50 countries. Konecranes shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki (symbol: KCR).


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