Ahlstrom’s board has appointed Marco Levi president and CEO of the company, effective June 16, 2014. Jan Lång will continue as president and CEO until June 15, 2014 and will afterwards continue to support Levi as a special advisor in order to ensure a smooth transition of the responsibilities.
"Jan Lång has been leading Ahlstrom since January 2009. During his leadership, the company has gone through a significant transition in line with the strategy that was announced in 2009. The business portfolio has been restructured and the next phase of the company's strategy has been defined,” says Pertti Korhonen, Ahlstrom's chairman of the board. “In parallel, significant progress has been made in establishing the foundation for profitable growth. The planned restructuring of the business portfolio, including Munksjö and Suominen transactions, has now been successfully concluded. The time is now right to pass the leadership baton for the next phase of the strategic plan. I want to thank Jan Lång warmly for leading Ahlstrom through this challenging phase of transformation.”
Levi joins Ahlstrom from a leading materials company Styron where he was senior vice president and business president of emulsion polymers. Prior to that, he has held various senior management positions at the Dow Chemical Company.
“We are pleased to welcome Marco Levi to Ahlstrom. He has a strong track record in leading global materials technology business,” says Korhonen. “His focus will be on increasing Ahlstrom's shareholder value by improving the profitability of the company and by creating profitable growth in line with Ahlstrom's strategy announced in September 2013.”