Ahlstrom, will revise its business area structure by dividing the Food and Medical Business Area into two units: the Food Business Area and the Medical Business Area, effective January 1, 2014. The current operating model will remain unchanged. With this change, Ahlstrom aims to strengthen its focus on the food and medical applications and to address growth and profitability issues in these businesses.
With the change, Ahlstrom will operate thourgh five business areas, Advanced Filtration, Building and Energy, Food, Medical and Transportation Filtration. Earlier this year, Ahlstrom split its filtration interests into two segments, Advanced Filtration and Transportation Filtration.
Omar Hoek has been appointed executive vice president, Food Business Area, and member of the executive management team. Hoek joined Ahlstrom in 2011 and currently works as vice president, marketing, food and medical. Roberto Boggio, will serve as executive vice president, Medical Business Area, and member of the Executive Management Team. Boggio joined Ahlstrom in 1998 and currently works as vice president, supply chain, for both Advanced Filtration and Transportation Filtration. Both will report to Jan Lång, president and CEO.
Seppo Parvi, currently CFO and EVP, Food and Medical Business Area, will leave Ahlstrom during the first quarter of 2014 as announced in September.