Executive Management Team

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Helen Mets

President and CEO 

Born 1969, British and Dutch citizen
BA (Hons), Business & Finance, MBA 

Primary working experience
Member of the Board of Ahlstrom 2021-2022; Senior Vice President and CEO of DSM Resins & Functional Materials 2017-2021; Senior Vice President & Managing Director of Pon Equipment Division 2013-2017; Vice President & Managing Director of Avery Dennison Graphics and Reflectives 2007-2013.


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Jorn P. Jensen

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Danish citizen

Primary working experience

Jorn has 27 years of experience as CFO, most recently at Dyson Ltd and earlier at Carlsberg A/S. 


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Markus Westerkamp

Chief Operating Officer (COO) 

German citizen
M.Sc. (Tech.)

Primary working experience
Ahlstrom-Munksjö, Vice President, Food Packaging 2018-2019;
Ahlstrom-Munksjö and Ahlstrom, Vice President, Supply Chain, Filtration & Performance Solutions 2014-2018;
held various executive and managerial positions at Ahlstrom-Munksjö from 1995 to 2012; before that held various managerial positions at MD Papier from 1990 to 1995.


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Emmanuelle Picard

Executive Vice President, Building Materials

French citizen
Ingénieur, M.Sc. (Engineering)

Primary working experience
Wipak, Managing Director, West region Europe 2020-2022;
Imerys, General Manager for Performance Additives, EMEA 2017-2019;
ITW Construction, Vice President & General Manager, Continental Europe 2016–2017;
Saint-Gobain, General Manager for Industrial Fabrics Europe, Adfors 2013-2016; and several positions at Saint-Gobain from 2003-2013.


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Mark Ushpol

Executive Vice President, Food & Consumer Packaging 

U.S. citizen
Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.), Business/Managerial Economics

Primary working experience
DS Smith, North America Packaging Division, Managing Director, 2019-2021;
Mondi Group, President, Industrial Bags North America 2015-2019;
Domtar, President, Personal Care North America, 2013-2014;
Domtar, President, Ariva, 2010-2013;
Mondi Group, various VP positions in marketing and sales in Durban, South Africa and Vienna, Austria 1997 to 2009.


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Sophie Haan

Executive Vice President, Technical Materials

Belgian citizen
M.Sc. (Econ.) and MBA

Primary working experience
Allnex, Global Business Director, Crosslinker business unit 2020-2022; and several managerial positions at Allnex from 2014-2020.
Tessenderlo Group, Global Business Unit Director for Inorganics business 2012-2014; and various managerial positions at Tessenderlo Group from 2009-2012.
Accenture, Senior Manager for Supply Chain Global Service Line, 2001–2008.



Jacques Lafon

Executive Vice President, Healthcare

French citizen

Primary working experience

Jacques brings over twenty years of extensive experience in the healthcare industry and he joins Ahlstrom directly from MedTech consulting company, helping PE firms acquire medical companies. Before this, Jacques held several global management positions in companies like Cardinal Health and Hill-Rom.


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Daniele Borlatto

Executive Vice President, Filtration

Italian citizen
Graduate in Business & Administration 

Primary working experience
Ahlstrom-Munksjö, Executive Vice President, Industrial Solutions 2017–2019;
Munksjö, Executive Vice President & President for Release Liners 2013-2017; 
Ahlstrom, Executive Vice President, Label and Processing 2011-2013; 
Ahlstrom, Vice President, Release & Label BU and Supply Chain Label & Processing BA 2010-2011; 
Ahlstrom, Senior Vice President, Release & Label Papers and member of Corporate Executive Team 2007-2010.


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Robin Guillaud

Executive Vice President, Sustainability, Innovation & Marketing

French citizen
M.Sc. (Tech.) and MBA

Primary working experience
Ahlstrom-Munksjö, Vice President, Business Development, Filtration and Performance Solutions 2017–2020;
several positions at Ahlstrom such as Vice President, Industrial Nonwoven 2015–2017;
Marketing Manager, Building and Energy 2012–2015;
Product Manager, Technical Nonwovens 2010–2012;
Sales Director, Technical Nonwovens 2008–2010;
Marketing Manager, Food Product Line UK 2004–2008;
Sales and Marketing Manager in Atlanta, USA 2000–2004


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Tarja Takko

Executive Vice President, People & Culture

Born 1968, Finnish citizen
M.Sc. (Econ.), M.Sc. (Soc.)

Primary working experience
Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj, Vice President, Human Resources 2018-2019;
Qt Company, Global Head of Human Resources 2017-2018; Ahlstrom Corporation, Vice President, HR Development 2010-2017;
various managerial positions at Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks before 2010.

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Andreas Elving

Executive Vice President, Legal & General Counsel 

Born 1976, Swedish citizen
Master of Laws from Uppsala University

Primary working experience

Autoliv Inc., Associate General Counsel 2015–2016;
Mannheimer Swartling Advokatbyrå AB, Senior Associate 2014-2015;
Mannheimer Swartling (China), Senior Associate 2010-2014;
Mannheimer Swartling Advokatbyrå AB, Associate/Senior Associate 2004-2010;
District Court of Stockholm, Law Clerk 2002–2004.

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