Chief commercial officer and a member of the executive board, Juha Järvinen will move on to Virgin Atlantic.
Juha Järvinen, chief commercial officer and member of the executive board at Finnair, will leave the Finnish carrier on December 31, to take on a position at Virgin Atlantic Airways in London.
While he continues in the position until the end of the year, a search for his replacement starts immediately, Finnair says.
Born in 1976 and graduating with an MBA, Järvinen has been at Finnair since March 2012, initially as managing director of Finnair Cargo. Prior to that he was vice president for international ground handling at SAS.
He has been Finnair’s chief commercial officer since November 1, 2014.
“My years at Finnair have been an amazing experience. During these years of change, turnaround and growth, I have learned a lot both on teamwork and leading change,” Järvinen reflects.
“We have steered Finnair towards a strong growth path, we are a significant airline in connecting Europe and Asia, and our customer satisfaction is at a good level compared to international standards.
“I am naturally excited about my new role, but I also feel wistful. Finnair and Virgin Atlantic are both great brands, each with a great history and an authentic story. I will soon say goodbye to Finnair, but the Finnair team will always have a special place in my heart.”
“We want to express our warmest thanks to Juha for his contribution to Finnair’s transformation, and we wish him the best of success in his new role,” says Pekka Vähähyyppä, Finnair’s interim chief executive.
“During the almost seven years that Juha has been at Finnair, we have built a strong position in many markets. During his leadership of Finnair Cargo we made the decision to build the most modern cargo terminal in Europe, and the cargo terminal is now a key enabler of Finnair’s growth strategy.
“As a member of the executive board, Juha has played a key role in the renewal of Finnair’s culture and strategy and in implementing Finnair’s growth.”