Mr. Lång joins Ahlstrom from the position of president and CEO of Uponor Corporation where he has worked since 2003. Before that, he worked at Huhtamaki Corporation in various senior positions.
"We are pleased to welcome Mr. Lång to Ahlstrom," said Peter Seligson, chairman of the board. "His extensive experience and excellent leadership capabilities in global organizations coupled with his strong profitability focus make him an excellent addition to Ahlstrom's team."
Risto Anttonen continues as CEO until December 31, 2008. After that he will assume the role of deputy CEO and will continue as a member of the corporate executive team until he retires in 2010, at the latest.
"During the past months, Risto Anttonen has skillfully led the company toward performance improvement in a challenging business environment and kept the momentum in the implementation of Ahlstrom's growth strategy," said Mr. Seligson.