Changes in the KONE Executive Board

Stock Exchange Release Published 19/12/2023

KONE Corporation, stock exchange release, December 19, 2023, at 9.30 a.m. EET  

Changes in the KONE Executive Board 

Nicolas Alchal, Managing Director for KONE Middle East, Türkiye, and Africa, has been appointed Executive Vice President, Strategy & Transformation as of Jan 1, 2025. He will succeed Axel Berkling who was appointed Executive Vice President, Commercial & Operations in October 2023. Before starting in this role in the beginning of 2025, Nicolas will act as an interim Executive Vice President for Europe Area, from March 1, 2024, onwards, when the current position holder, Karla Lindahl, starts her maternity leave. Karla will return to the position of Executive Vice President, Europe in early 2025.

The search for Nicolas' successor has commenced. Nicolas started his career at KONE in 2011 and has held several leadership positions within the company, including New Equipment Business Director and Delivery Operations Director for South Europe, Middle East and Africa, and previously Managing Director for UAE, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain. 

Kaori Uehigashi has been named interim Executive Vice President for Strategy & Transformation organization as of January 4, 2024, and she will act in this position until the end of 2024. Kaori is currently Managing Director and Partner at Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and has most recently acted as the Managing Partner for BCG in Finland. 

Both Nicolas and Kaori will report to Philippe Delorme, President and CEO of KONE as of January 1, 2024.

"I want to thank Axel for his excellent job in leading our Strategy & Transformation organization, and warmly welcome Nicolas and Kaori to the Executive Board. I also want to wish all the best for Karla and her family on this happy occasion", says Henrik Ehrnrooth, President and CEO of KONE Corporation.

For further information, please contact: 

Susanne Skippari, Executive Vice President, People and Communications tel. +358 20 475 4524


KONE Corporation

Henrik Ehrnrooth
President and CEO

Susanne Skippari
Executive Vice President
People & Communications

About KONE
At KONE, our mission is to improve the flow of urban life. As a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, KONE provides elevators, escalators and automatic building doors, as well as solutions for maintenance and modernization to add value to buildings throughout their life cycle. Through more effective People Flow®, we make people's journeys safe, convenient and reliable, in taller, smarter buildings. In 2022, KONE had annual sales of EUR 10.9 billion, and at the end of the year over 60,000 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. in Finland.

Nicolas Alchal

Kaori Uehigashi

Karla Lindahl

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