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Changes in the Management: Merja Ristilä appointed Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Alma Media and a member of Group Executive Team


Alma Media Corporation                Stock exchange release / Changes in the management               27 June 2023 at 9.00 a.m. EET 

Master of Science (Economics and Business Administration) Merja Ristilä (born 1970) has been appointed Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Alma Media Corporation and a member of the Alma Media's Group Executive Team. She will take up her position on 1 September 2023 and will report to Kai Telanne, President and CEO of Alma Media Corporation. Ristilä will take over from the position of HR manager of the Alma Career segment.   

Virpi Juvonen, the current Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Alma Media Corporation, announced in spring that she would retire by the end of 2023. Juvonen joined Iltalehti as HR Manager in 2007 and has been working in her current position since 2012.   

“We are very happy to have found Virpi a successor inside Alma Media. Merja knows the company well after developing its personnel competences and corporate culture in various positions since 2018. Merja has diverse experience and a proven track record of employee development in international business, which gives her a good foundation for a future mission to bring Alma Media's corporate culture and competence development to the next level,” says CEO Telanne.  

“I would like to express my gratitude to Virpi Juvonen on behalf of my own and the entire management team for their excellent cooperation on our joint journey. During Virpi's HR leadership, the company has both digitalised and internationalised rapidly. For her part, Virpi has taken care both: that the company has developed world-class expertise in its chosen focus areas, and also maintained its strong values while appreciating the role and contribution of each Almamedian as part of the whole, says Kai Telanne, CEO of Alma Media.    

“I am excited to continue Virpi's distinguished work and develop human resources management competence at the heart. Our three business segments are in interesting stages of development, Alma has a can-do approach and attitude and a very knowledgeable, highly professional team. Almamedians' job satisfaction is also at the high level. I think Alma Media is a great example of a well-run company, mature in its digital transformation and in an advanced position in the developed marketplaces. I now take on an inspiring challenge and opportunity”, Merja Ristilä says.  

For further information, please contact: Kai Telanne, President and CEO, Alma Media, tel. +358 10 665 3500     

Alma Media Corporation    
Elina Kukkonen     
SVP, Communications and Brand  

Distribution: NASDAQ Helsinki, main media,  

Alma Media in brief

Alma Media is an international company of digital media, marketplaces and services with a strong capacity for renewal. We inspire human curiosity and choice by creating services that combine technology and content with a local heart. In Finland, our best-known brands include Kauppalehti, Talouselämä, Iltalehti, Jobly,, Nettiauto and Nettimoto. Our recruitment services include and in the Czech Republic, in Slovakia and in Croatia.

In Finland, our business operations include leading housing and automotive marketplaces, financial and professional media, national consumer media and content and data services for businesses and professionals. Alma Media’s international business in Eastern Central Europe, Sweden and the Baltic countries consists of recruitment services and an online marketplace for commercial properties.

Alma Media operates in 11 countries in Europe and employs approximately 1,700 professionals. Alma Media’s revenue from continuing operations was EUR 309 million in 2022 of which the share of digital business was 81%. Alma Media’s share is listed on NASDAQ Helsinki. Read more at

  • Published: 27.6.2023, 09:00
  • Category: Stock exchange release

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