Ville Parkkinen, Master of Science in Agriculture and Forestry, will take on the role of Director of Wood Supply and Bioenergy at Koskitukki beginning on the 8th of December, and he will also join the Executive Team. Parkkinen joins Koskitukki from UPM Kymmene Metsä, where he worked for some ten years in various tasks related to wood procurement, most recently as Sourcing Manager. He also gained international experience, working in Russia and Uruguay. Parkkinen currently lives in Helsinki, although his roots are in Southern Karelia. He lived in Lappeenranta for 20 years, where he also went to school.
Parkkinen’s work approach is to always take the overall benefit into account. Parkkinen describes himself as relaxed and open-minded, and he is in favour of a culture of experimentation: “Of doing things in a new way and trying to find new ways of working profitably,” he explains.
Koskitukki Oy, Koskisen Group’s parent company that handles wood procurement, is known in its procurement area as a reliable purchaser of wood. Parkkinen cites the expert, enthusiastic and professional staff as Koskitukki’s definite strength. “Koskitukki is a good and reliable supplier in the areas of procurement and end products alike. It was easy for me to identify with a company that is inspiring, experimental and open,” says Parkkinen.
Parkkinen says there is no need for tension or formalities in his presence. “Let’s keep things light, even if we’re dealing with complicated matters,” he says. Like most people who change jobs, Parkkinen also has a bit of new-job jitters, but he says that he is eager to get started with new people and partners. Parkkinen thanks his predecessor, Jussi Joensuu, for leaving a solid foundation for him to build on.
Joensuu, who stepped down at the end of November, worked at Koskitukki since 2005 and was Chief Forester for close to ten years. Although Joensuu is sad to leave Koskitukki, he does so in a positive frame of mind, knowing the job is in Parkkinen’s capable hands. According to Joensuu, Parkkinen is joining an excellent wood procurement team. “We accomplished a lot of great things at Koskitukki, but the time has come for me to move on,” says Joensuu.
Koskisen Group’s wood procurement company Koskitukki is known in its procurement area as a precise log cutter and reliable purchaser of wood, with employees whose every action reflects their commitment to wood. Every year, Koskitukki procures more than 2 million cubic metres of softwood and birch logs mainly from private forest owners. In addition to log harvesting, Koskitukki serves forest owners in all stages of forest management and supplies increasing volumes of biofuels produced from harvesting residues and wood-processing by-products to nearby regions for use as fuel by district heating plants.