The Board of Directors of Harvia Plc has appointed Matias Järnefelt (M.Sc. Industrial Engineering and Management) as Harvia's CEO. He will start in his position at the latest on 1 July 2023.

Driving Harvia's international growth and expansion

"Matias Järnefelt has extensive experience of developing international business and sales in companies with a global reach. After a careful recruitment process and evaluation by the Board of Directors of Harvia, I am most pleased that Matias Järnefelt will join Harvia as the company's new CEO. I am confident that with his versatile experience, Järnefelt has the exact capabilities to continue driving Harvia's successful international growth and expansion," says Olli Liitola, Chairman of Harvia Plc's Board of Directors.

"I am honored and excited to have been appointed as the CEO of Harvia. I look forward to working with the Harvia team to advance the company's success and international expansion and to further strengthen Harvia's position as the leading player in the global sauna and spa industry. I would like to thank the Board of Directors for their trust and this opportunity," comments Matias Järnefelt.

Matias Järnefelt has significant experience in demanding international management positions. He has worked several years at Hilti, most recently as the Managing Director for Northern Europe and Great Britain. Prior to joining Hilti, he worked for Nokia in various leadership roles, for example, as the global Head of Sales for Nokia's phone accessory business. Järnefelt is joining Harvia from 9Lives Oy, where he acts as the CEO.

Harvia's CEO Tapio Pajuharju resigned from his position in November 2022 but will continue to serve the company until the end of May 2023.