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KONE Corporation, stock exchange release, August 30, 2013 at 9.30 EET
Tomio Pihkala (38) has been appointed Executive Vice President responsible for installation, quality and safety globally as of September 1st, 2013. In this newly established position Tomio Pihkala will be a member of the Executive Board and report to Matti Alahuhta, President and CEO, KONE Corporation.
Tomio Pihkala has worked for KONE since 2001, first managing the Toshiba alliance development in Japan, then in KONE Technology and Research & Development Center in Hyvinkää Finland. During 2007-2010 he was contributing to the strong growth in the KONE business in China first as Director for Product Strategy and Marketing and later as Director for the Service Business. Since the beginning of 2011 he has been leading KONE's largest Research and Development Center in Hyvinkää, Finland. Tomio Pihkala has a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.
"Combining installation, quality and safety gives us even better possibilities to actively develop our operations. Tomio's strong technological competence and his wide experience in KONE business both globally and in the Asian markets are an excellent background for the job", says Matti Alahuhta.
For further information, please contact:
Anne Korkiakoski, EVP, Marketing & Communications, KONE Corporation, tel. +358 204 75 4775.
Kerttu Tuomas, EVP, Human Resources, KONE Corporation, tel. +358 204 75 4373
KONE is one of the global leaders in the elevator and escalator industry. The company has been committed to understanding the needs of its customers for the past century, providing industry-leading elevators, escalators and automatic building doors as well as innovative solutions for modernization and maintenance. The company's objective is to offer the best People Flow® experience by developing and delivering solutions that enable people to move smoothly, safely, comfortably and without waiting in buildings in an increasingly urbanizing environment. In 2012, KONE had annual net sales of EUR 6.3 billion and around 40,000 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd in Finland.