Aki Saarinen appointed Executive Vice President, Strategic Business Development, at Ahlstrom

Ahlstrom Corporation STOCK EXCHANGE RELEASE May 18, 2012 at 9.30

Aki Saarinen (born 1967), M.Sc. (paper technology), MBA, is appointed Executive Vice President, Strategic Business Development, and member of the Executive Management Team as of June 11, 2012, at Ahlstrom Corporation. Saarinen will report to Jan Lång, President and CEO, Ahlstrom.

In his new role, Saarinen will be responsible for managing business development related processes and exploring new business opportunities within Ahlstrom. He will be based in Helsinki, Finland.

Saarinen joins Ahlstrom from Treeactive Oy. Prior to that, Saarinen has been holding various senior executive technology positions at Metso Corporation in 2001-2011. He has also worked at Valmet Paper Machinery Oy and UPM Corporation.

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Ahlstrom in brief
Ahlstrom is a high performance materials company, partnering with leading businesses around the world to help them stay ahead. Our products are used in a large variety of everyday applications, such as filters, medical gowns and drapes, wallcovers, flooring, labels and food packaging. We have a leading market position in the businesses in which we operate. Our 5,200 employees serve customers in 28 countries on six continents. In 2011, Ahlstrom's net sales amounted to EUR 1.6 billion. The company's share is quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. More information is available at www.ahlstrom.com.