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Kaisa HietalaFormer Executive Vice President of Renewable Products at Neste
- Proven strategic transformation ability as a leader in the renewable fuel sector
- ~20 years of strategic and operational experience in the downstream oil industry
- As Executive Vice President, Renewable Products at Neste, the segment’s revenues grew 1.6x and operating profits increased 4x, and the company’s transformation was named by Harvard Business Review as one of the “Top 20 Business Transformations of the Last Decade” in 2019
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 Boards of Kemira Oy, a Finnish specialty chemicals company, and Smurfit Kappa Group, an Irish corrugated packaging company. She is also 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.
Ms. Hietala holds an MS from University of Oulu, Finland, and an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, UK.