Jyrki Vainionpää appointed CEO and Ari Lehtoranta Chairman of the Board at CapMan Infra portfolio company Koiviston Auto

April 1, 2022

Koiviston Auto, a market leader within public and commercial bus transport in Finland, strengthens its management team and board of directors with new appointments. Jyrki Vainionpää is appointed CEO for the Koiviston Auto Group starting from 1 May. Ari Lehtoranta became Chairman of the Board on 1 March.

Jyri Vainionpää joins Koiviston Auto from Adven Group, where he last worked as CEO and SVP, Business Development after the company merged with Värmevärden. Vainionpää has a background in energy and infrastructure and extensive experience from leading financial improvement operational development and growth projects. Vainionpää has previously worked for Vapo, Nokia and McKinsey, among others.

Ari Lehtoranta is a seasoned leader and board professional. He is also a member of the boards of Orion and Parmaco and has previously worked as CEO for Caverion and Nokian Renkaat, among others.

“I am very pleased to welcome Jyrki and Ari to Koiviston Auto. The company is in excellent position to promote the electrification of the industry and to gain market share. The strengthened team will help us achieve this goal,” says Ville Poukka, Managing Partner of CapMan Infra and member of Koiviston Auto’s board of directors.

“The growth of the electric bus fleet, strong local and regional brands and successful tenders demonstrate the high ambition level at Koiviston Auto. This provides a good foundation on which to build the future centred around the electrification of the bus fleet. I look forward to meeting the work community and to start work,” says Jyrki Vainionpää, the newly appointed CEO of Koiviston Auto.

“Jyrki’s versatile experience from strategy work, growing businesses and operational development is exactly the type of expertise that complements the know-how of the transport sector that we have in the company. Koiviston Auto focuses on growth and in the future also on the unification and further development of the business. I also want to take this opportunity to thank Antti for his dedication and hard work for Koiviston Auto,” says Ari Lehtoranta, Chairman of the Board at Koiviston Auto.

Vainionpää starts his position on 1 May. He lives in Helsinki and splits his time between Lahti, Helsinki and the other branches of the company. Antti Unkuri, the current CEO of Koiviston Auto, remains with the company after May to complete the handover process.

Photo: Jyrki Vainionpää