04 September, 2018

Finnair appoint top banker to be new ceo

The premier airline of Finland, Finnair, has opted for a top banker to take the helm of the state-owned airline. The company has appointed Topi Manner of Nordea Bank as the new CEO, who will take up the position in January.

Topi Manner, is the current head of personal banking at Nordea Bank which is one of the largest banks in Europe and is the biggest in the Nordic region. “Topi Manner has extensive experience in both private and corporate customer business, and he has played a strong role in the digital transformation and customer service development of his bank,” Finnair Chairman Jouko Karvinen told a news conference.

”Finnair is an iconic, renewing Finnish company with a significant national role. The Finnair team has done excellent work over the past few years," says Topi Manner. "I am proud to have been selected to be part of Finnair’s competent team to build the company’s future, and to develop the experiences related to flying and travel together with other Finnair employees. I know Finnair people are strongly committed to the company which gives us a good ground to continue Finnair’s strategy implementation.”

Finnair recently sold 60 % of Nordic Regional Airlines AB (Norra) to Danish Air Transport (DAT) 
Norra operates Finnair’s domestic and European routes with a total of 24 ATR and Embraer aircraft.