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Ms. Hietala is an experienced leader in strategic transformation in the energy sector who began her career in upstream oil and gas exploration and crude oil trading. Ms. Hietala served as the EVP of Renewable Products at Neste, a petroleum refining and marketing company, for five years ending in 2019. During her tenure, the Renewable Products segment’s revenues grew by 1.6x and operating profits grew by 4x. She played a central role in the strategic transformation of Neste into the world’s largest and most profitable producer of renewable diesel and jet fuel, which was named by Harvard Business Review as one of the “Top 20 Business Transformations of the Last Decade” in 2019.
Currently, she is a Partner and co-owner of GAIA Consulting, a sustainable business consultancy focused on helping companies turn climate challenges into profitable business opportunities. Ms. Hietala also currently serves on the Board of Smurfit Kappa Group, an Irish corrugated packaging company and is Chairman of the Board at Tracegrow, a private Finnish sustainable fertilizers company. She is a member of Sustainability Supervisory Board of Aalto University, Finland and a member of the Supervisory Board of Oulu University. She was a former Board member of Kemira Oy, a Finnish specialty chemicals company.
Ms. Hietala holds an MS from University of Oulu, Finland, and an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, UK.