Pohjolan Energia Group appoints new CEO – Sami Leinonen to expedite company’s growth and international expansion

Pohjolan Energia Group, the market leader in small-scale solar energy systems in Finland, has appointed Sami Leinonen M.Sc. (Eng.) 46, as the new CEO of the Group.

Sami will move to Pohjolan Energia from his position as Managing Director of Mondi Örebro AB – bringing his strong experience of international business development and management to the company. Before Mondi, he worked e.g. in several positions in the UPM Group, including Director of Paper Business Europe at UPM Raflatac and at Honkarakenne Plc as Vice President responsible for the business in  Finland and Baltics.

In Sami, we are getting an excellent leader for our internationally growing business. Sami has successfully managed and developed businesses both in Finland and international markets, always working strongly at the customer interface”, says Lasse Liimatta, CEO of Pohjolan Energia Oy. Lasse will focus on managing the Group’s Finnish business in the future.

 “Pohjolan Energia has done groundbreaking work in bringing renewable energy solutions within the reach of Finnish households. I am very pleased to start working with Pohjolan Energia’s professional personnel and growth driven management to accelerate the company’s growth in the domestic market – and to develop the company to a leading position in its field in the Nordics”, says Sami Leinonen who will take up his new position as Group CEO on 16 October 2018.

It’s great to have an international business expert like Sami to lead the future growth and development of Pohjolan Energia. Sami will bring to the company also his diverse strategic and operational business expertise, which will greatly support the company’s growth targets in the strongly growing solar energy market” comments Vesa Keränen, Chairman of the Board of Pohjolan Energia Group.


Vesa Keränen
Chairman of the Board, Pohjolan Energia Group Oy
+358 50 590 9428

Lasse Liimatta
CEO, Pohjolan Energia Oy
+358 45 195 9897

Sami Leinonen
CEO, Pohjolan Energia Group Oy
+358 40 535 5560

Pohjolan Energia Group is the leading small-scale solar energy system provider in Finland. The company operates nationwide through its 15 sales offices. It employs today 200 solar energy professionals and has net sales of more than €20 million. Pohjolan Energia’s main owner is the Finnish private equity investor MB Funds.

MB Funds is a leading Finnish private equity investor founded in 1988. Total assets under MB Funds management stand at 0.5 billion euro with prime Finnish institutions as its main fund investors. MB Funds has successfully invested in approx. 40 mid-sized companies in the Nordics.