Pasi Rannus
SVP Manufacturing

Pasi Rannus was appointed CEO of Valmet Automotive in November 2023 as the company decided to strengthen the autonomy of its business lines both in strategy and the operative model. Rannus also continues to head the Vehicle Contract Manufacturing business line in the position he has occupied since 2018. His career within the automotive has lasted for 25 years during which he has excelled in manufacturing engineering and process development, which present Valmet Automotive core knowhow in manufacturing. During his career he has been relocated for several years both to Germany and the United States managing the intercompany relationships with the customers and developing supplier chain activities. In the United States Rannus established a subsidiary for Valmet Automotive. Rannus has a degree in engineering and an MBA from the University of Turku.

Charlotte Caswell
SVP Group HR

Charlotte Caswell has been Senior Vice President Group HR since January 1, 2019. Prior to joining Valmet Automotive, Charlotte Caswell who is of British origin, has held numerous management positions covering HR strategy, talent management, HR administration and leadership. Charlotte Caswell has worked for more than 7 years in the automotive industry focusing on human resources for some of the leading Tier 1 suppliers, like American Axle Manufacturing.
Developing Valmet Automotive as one global company, with a common strategy, a common corporate culture and common standards on processes, procedures and tools is a key priority for Charlotte Caswell and the Management Team. Charlotte Caswell will promote the group idea, while supporting the four business lines on HR.

Remigiusz Grześkowiak
SVP Roof & Kinematic Systems

Remigiusz Grześkowiak has been working for Valmet Automotive since 2012 starting as a plant manager at the Zary plant manufacturing roof systems and kinematic systems for the automotive industry. In 2018 he was put in charge of the entire Roof & Kinematic Systems business line, that has operations both in Poland and in Germany. Before joining Valmet Automotive, Grześkowiak occupied several process development and product and process quality related positions at Dr Schneider Automotive in Poland for over ten years. Grześkowiak has studied industrial engineering and electronics both in Poland and Germany.

Christian Kleinhans
SVP Group Business Development + SVP EV Systems (EVS)

Christian Kleinhans joined Valmet Automotive Group from Berylls Strategy Advisors in July 2017. Initially he served as Senior Advisor Business Development before starting as Senior Vice President Group (SVP) Business Development & Communications in January 2018. In addition, Christian became co-leader of the EV Systems Business Line alongside Jyrki Nurmi in November 2023. The graduate industrial engineer began his career in research and development at Daimler in 1993. In 1997 he moved into the top management consulting business and was with Oliver Wyman for nearly 14 years, becoming Partner of the Global Automotive Practice. At the end of 2010, he founded the top management consulting company Berylls Strategy Advisors. His main focus has been on company strategy and new business designs for the automotive industry. Since 2008, Kleinhans has been intensively involved with electromobility and the resulting disruptive impact on the automotive industry.

René Kohl

René Kohl is since September 1, 2019, the Senior Vice President Group ICT. Kohl started his career in the ICT industry at SAP AG in Walldorf. He worked there for a total of around eight years in automotive consulting and was also responsible for several international projects. In 2007, he joined Magna International as Senior Program Manager, before founding the PMOKP (Project Management Organization Kohl + Partner) in October 2013. There he was the managing director until his move to Valmet Automotive. René Kohl has degrees both in business and political economics and has a PMO certificate in project management.

Jaakko Liljeroos
Group General Counsel

Jaakko Liljeroos started as the Group’s General Counsel in September 2020. Before joining Valmet Automotive, he has worked as an in-house lawyer for ten years, most recently as General Counsel of Cramo Plc and Lead Counsel of Stora Enso’s Consumer Board division. In the beginning of his career, Liljeroos worked for four years as an Associate at Castrén & Snellman Attorneys focusing on M&A and private equity transactions. Liljeroos is responsible for the Group’s legal function and acts as a secretary to the Valmet Automotive’s Board of Directors.

Jyrki Nurmi
SVP EV Systems (EVS)

Jyrki Nurmi is the Senior Vice President (SVP) for EV Systems and is in charge for the Electric Vehicles business line of Valmet Automotive Group since the beginning of 2019. Nurmi has worked for the Group for over 30 years, and his strong executing power and long experience in the international networks and cultures has put him in charge of some of the most important production projects in Valmet Automotive history with clients like Porsche, Fisker and Daimler. Nurmi’s core knowhow covers the fields of manufacturing engineering, productions processes and their development. Since starting production at its first battery plant in Salo in 2019, Valmet Automotive, under Nurmi’s leadership, has established two more battery plants, one in Uusikaupunki, Finland and a third one in Kirchardt, Germany. Nurmi has studied engineering and has complemented his capabilities by an MBA degree.

Dr. Peter Ohm
SVP Operational Planning & Sustainability

Dr. Peter Ohm took over the position as Senior Vice President Operational Planning & Sustainability within Valmet Automotive Group on August 1, 2022. Dr. Ohm studied mechanical engineering at the University of Dortmund and received his doctorate there at the Chair of Manufacturing Engineering. The Westphalian has many years of management experience at renowned companies in automotive and environmental industries. Prior to joining Valmet Automotive, Dr. Ohm was the COO and CTO of Johann Borgers, an automotive Tear 1 supplier for interior and exterior textile parts, and also formerly the COO of the wind gearbox division Winergy at Flender.

Juha Torniainen 

Juha Torniainen joined Valmet Automotive as Chief Financial Officer in June 2018. He retired in February 2023 and has been responsible for the company again as CFO since January 2024. His key objectives in the company are related to financial performance management improvement, cash generation and funding for future growth. Torniainen has 25+ years of experience in finance and general management mostly in global manufacturing companies within the automotive and electronics industries. Most recently he was the Chief Financial Officer at PKC Group Oyj. Juha Torniainen has got a degree in finance from the Helsinki School of Economics.