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Kristi Ojakäär, now head of finance at the airline Nordica

Nordica recruits finance chief from casino group

After senior finance jobs at Microsoft and the casino operator Olympic, Kristi Ojakäär starts a new direction in aviation today.

A former finance director for Microsoft in the Baltics and for the casino operator Olympic Entertainment Group starts work today as the new head of Nordica’s finance team.

Kristi Ojakäär will be joining the airline’s management board at the same time as assuming her duties as head of finance. An open competition for the post was held late last year, Baltic Course reports.

Ojakäär has previously worked as finance director at Olympic Entertainment Group and as Microsoft’s director of finance for the Baltic countries.

The Estonian national graduated from TalTech, otherwise known as Tallinn University of Technology, in business management in 2001 and is married with three children.

Long search
“We’re very happy that our long search has produced such an outstanding result and that one of the leading players in her field is joining us,” said Hannes Saarpuu, chairman of the management board of Nordic Aviation Group, adding that finding a good financial expert in Estonia is far from simple.

“Aviation is a fascinating business that changes and evolves quickly. Financial management is without doubt one of the most significant jobs in the industry, particularly in a company that’s experiencing rapid growth.”

He added that Nordica has “a number of important projects on the go, so Kristi’s competence and contribution are very welcome.”

Ojakäär remarked that joining Nordica is an exciting step in her career.

“Aviation is quite distinct from other areas of business, and this is the first time I’ll be working for a state-owned company,” she revealed.

“The experience I’ve gained in finance and the private sector as a whole over the years should stand me in good stead when it comes to making a success of Nordica’s operations and realising new business opportunities.”

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