MSc., Maj. Gen. (Eng. Ret.) Kari Renko has been appointed as a member of Patria Group Management Team and he will start in the position of Executive Vice President, Strategic Programs on 11th January 2023. Kari Renko will report to Patria’s President and CEO Esa Rautalinko.

Major General (Eng.) Kari Renko retired from the position of the Chief of the Finnish Defence Forces Logistics at the end of June 2022. He has had a prominent career in various positions in the Finnish Defence Forces, in particular in the Finnish Air Force, both in Finland and in the U.S. In addition to the Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command, Kari Renko has held management positions at the Air Force Materiel Command, Air Force Headquarters and Karelia Air Command as well as he has served as Deputy Defence Attaché in Washington D.C. Kari Renko has a Master of Science in aeronautical engineering.

“I warmly welcome Kari to Patria. We highly value his over three-decade-long versatile experience in defence with all its stakeholders and especially in the development of materiel procurement as well as maintenance and repair. I’m convinced that Kari’s specialist expertise fits seamlessly into supporting Patria’s growth strategy”, says Esa Rautalinko, Patria’s President and CEO.

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Sirje Ahvenlampi-Hyvönen, Vice President, Group Communications, Patria, tel. +358 50 557 3822, [email protected]

Patria is an international provider of defence, security and aviation life cycle support services, pilot training and technology solutions. Patria provides its aerospace and military customers with equipment availability, continuous performance development as well as selected intelligence, surveillance and management system products and services. Patria’s mission is to give its customers confidence in all conditions, and the vision is to be the #1 partner for critical operations on land, sea and air. Patria has several locations including Finland, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, Estonia, the Netherlands and Spain. Patria employs 3,000 professionals. Patria is owned by the State of Finland (50.1%) and Norwegian Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (49.9%). Patria owns 50% of Nammo, and together these three companies form a leading Nordic defence partnership.