Fiskars appoints Patrick von Essen Vice President, Real Estate
Fiskars Corporation Press Release August 3, 2012
Fiskars has appointed Patrick von Essen new Vice President and head of Real Estate as of September 3, 2012.Von Essen joins Fiskars from Neste Jacobs, where he is Vice President and head of Business Area Oil & Gas. Previously, he has held various management positions at Pöyry Group. As VP, Real Estate, von Essen will report directly to Fiskars President and CEO Kari Kauniskangas.
“I am happy to welcome Patrick von Essen as the new head of Real Estate at Fiskars. Patrick brings to Fiskars strong business leadership and ability to conduct meaningful stakeholder dialogue, which are important assets in ensuring the continued success of our Real Estate operations. Everyone at Fiskars is proud about Fiskars Village, the company’s birthplace, its history and recent development. The village and its surroundings have a special place in our hearts, but along with our other real estate assets it also forms a part of our business portfolio”, says Kari Kauniskangas, President and CEO of Fiskars.
“I am very excited and humble about joining Fiskars. For me, Fiskars represents high quality and sustainability. When we continue to develop Fiskars Real Estate, with Fiskars Village at its core, we must respect the good work already done while embracing the opportunities of the future. Fiskars Village shall continue to attract new entrepreneurs, new inhabitants and more visitors in the future”, commented Patrick von Essen.
Fiskars previous head of Real Estate unit, Tomas Landers, decided to leave the company and focus on new challenges during spring 2012.
Fiskars Real Estate is responsible for managing properties in Fiskars Village and other locations, including the Group’s production sites in Finland. Fiskars Village, the company’s birthplace, is easily the most well-known part of the Real Estate portfolio – and has become an internationally renowned centre of Finnish design and art, attracting around 150,000 visitors a year. Its history goes back to 1649 and today it offers visitors things to see and do all year round. The unit also develops Fiskars’ 15,000 hectares of land and 3,700 hectares of water, the majority of which are located in and around Fiskars Village and on the Hankoniemi peninsula in Southern Finland.
Further information, please contact:
President and CEO Kari Kauniskangas, tel. +358 204 39 5500
Fiskars is a leading global supplier of consumer products for the home, garden and outdoors. The group has a strong portfolio of respected international brands, including Fiskars, Iittala and Gerber. Founded in 1649 and listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Fiskars is Finland’s oldest company. Fiskars recorded net sales of EUR 743 million in 2011, and employs some 3,400 people in over 20 countries. www.fiskarsgroup.com