Anu Pires appointed SVP, Human Resources at Valmet

Valmet Oyj’s press release June 7, 2024 at 3:00 p.m. EEST 

Ms. Anu Pires (M.Sc. Econ) has been appointed SVP, HR at Valmet as of 1 September 2024. In this position she will report to the President and CEO and is a member of Valmet’s Executive Team.

Anu Pires joins Valmet from Paulig Group, where she has worked as SVP, Human Resources since 2018.  Anu is an experienced HR leader who has gained extensive international experience by working in many multinational companies across several countries, covering both industrial and consumer businesses. Prior to her current role at Paulig, Anu worked as VP of HR at Lumene from 2017 to 2018, in different HR management positions at Outotec from 2016 to 2017, and as Head of HR, APAC Mobile Device Sales, Nokia integration at Microsoft from 2014 to 2015. Between 1998 and 2014, she held HR management roles at Nokia, working in Brazil, China, and India. Anu began her career in human resources as HR trainee and specialist at Valmet from 1996 to 1998.

Anu Pires will be based at Valmet’s head office in Espoo, Finland.


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For further information, please contact: 
Anu Salonsaari-Posti, SVP, Communications, marketing, sustainability and corporate relations, Valmet, tel. +358 50 453 4262



Anu Pires’ CV
SVP, HR as of 1 September 2024   
born 1970
M.Sc (Economics)
Finnish citizen

Relevant previous experience:

SVP, HR, Paulig Group, 2018current
VP, HR, Lumene, 20172018
VP, HR in Services, Markets and Delivery units, Outotec, 20152017
Head of HR, APAC Mobile Device sales, Nokia integration, Microsoft, 20142015
Head of HR, APAC region (China), Nokia, 20122014
Head of HR, India, Nokia, 20102012
Director, HR, Nokia, 20042010
Senior HR Manager, Latin America, Nokia Networks, 20022004
Several roles in international transfer management, Nokia, 19982002
HR trainee and specialist roles, Valmet, 19961998



Valmet is a leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. With our automation systems and flow control solutions we serve an even wider base of process industries. Our more than 19,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers’ performance forward – every day.


The company has over 220 years of industrial history and a strong track record in continuous improvement and renewal. Valmet’s net sales in 2023 were approximately EUR 5.5 billion.


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