Harri Kerminen, President and CEO has acted as the Group’s Managing Director since January 1, 2008. The Group's Deputy CEO is Jyrki Mäki-Kala.
Members of the Board of Directors as of March 16, 2010
*Pekka Paasikivi (b. 1944), B.Sc. (Eng.), Board Chairman
*Jukka Viinanen (b. 1948), M.Sc. (Tech.), Vice Chairman of the Board
*Elizabeth Armstrong (b. 1947), Ph.D., member
*Juha Laaksonen (b. 1952), B.Sc. (Econ.), member
*Wolfgang Büchele (b. 1959), Doctor, member
*Kaija Pehu-Lehtonen (b. 1962), M.Sc. (Eng.), member
*Kerttu Tuomas, b. 1957, B.Sc. (Econ.), member
In June 2008 Kemira announced its strategy which focuses on water and fiber management chemistry. Kemira’s segments focusing water intensive industries are Paper, Municipal & Industrial and Oil & Mining.
Kemira became the world's biggest provider of the pulp and paper chemicals after its acquisition of the pulp and paper chemical operations of Lanxess. In 2009 Kemira’s Paper segment’s market area is global and it’s second in pulp and paper chemicals worldwide. Paper segment is further divided into four customer segments: Pulp, Printing & Writing, Packaging & Board and Tissue & Specialties. Municipal & Industrial segment is divided into Municipal Water and Industrial Water customer segments. Also Municipal & Industrial segment’s market is global and it’s #2 in coagulants and #5 in flocculants worldwide. Oil & Mining segment was launched in June 2008 to develop businesses in the oil, gas and mining industries. It is divided into Oil & Gas, Minerals & Metals and Formulation Technology customer segments. Oil & Mining segment has a global market area, in which it is #1 in coagulants and #3 in flocculants worldwide.
ChemSolutions sells chemical products and services to food, feed, pharmaceutical and chemical industries. In September 2008 a joint venture was created which combines Kemira's titanium dioxide business, formerly known as Kemira Pigments operating in Pori, Finland and Rockwood's titanium dioxide pigments and functional additives business. Kemira owns 39 % of the company, which operates as Sachtleben.
*Pulp & paper industries
*Municipal water treatment
*Industrial water treatment
*Oil & gas industries
*Detergent & cleaning industries
*Other selected industries
Kemira was originally a state chemical company, producing fertilizer. However, the corporation expanded, and the fertilizer division was separated into Kemira GrowHow, which was later acquired by and consolidated into Yara International. In 1972, Kemira bought the paint manufacturer Tikkurila, but divested of it in 2010 by distributing the shares as dividend to its shareholders.
Short videoclip about Kemira Headquarters in Helsinki, Finland: Media:kemira.ogg