Biography of Maarit Aarni-Sirviö

Maarit Aarni-Sirviö

Directors' Institute Finland, Secretary General


ecoDa Board Member



Maarit Aarni-Sirviö M.Sc. (Chem.Eng.), eMBA had a career spanning more than 30 years in the petrochemical industry. After completing her master's thesis with the then Pekema Oy, she joined Neste Oy and was involved in building and initiating Finland's petrochemical industry, particularly in aromatic production. She began her career as a Production Engineer and Project Manager, ending up as a Production Manager.


The recession of the early 1990s and the liberalisation of trade led to an upheaval and major restructuring in the petrochemical industry. Aarni-Sirviö participated in the Neste "Statoil merger and completed her eMBA thesis on the integration of the organisations. In 1994 she transferred to the service of Borealis, formed from Neste and Statoil petrochemical units, first to Finland as Business Manager and then in 1997 to Denmark as Business Unit Vice President with responsibility for the company's feedstocks and olefin operations (sales exceeding € 1,300 million). At the same time, a substantial project was initiated in Abu Dhabi to construct a green field petrochemical complex in Ruwais (Borouge $11,600 million). Aarni-Sirviö served in the project's steering group for four years up to the start-up of the project. From olefin operations, she moved back to aromatic operations as Vice President, serving in the steering group of a pre-feasibility study for an aromatic project (Kemaweyat) planned for Abu Dhabi. She returned permanently to Finland in 2008 as President & CEO of Mint of Finland Ltd, in whose service she remained until November 2010.


Maarit Aarni-Sirviö strengthens Eera's skills base with her international experience, knowledge of heavy industry and particularly her technical expertise of the petrochemical industry. She has strong practical line experience of industrial restructuring, including construction projects, cost-cutting projects, corporate acquisitions, divestments, winding-up operations and company integrations. In Eera she wishes to utilise this expertise in new development.


Maarit Aarni-Sirviö is a Member of the Board of Berendsen plc and Wärtsilä. She is also a Member of the Board of the Finnish Association of Professional Board Members and the Kassandra International Art Centre. She has previously served on the boards of Ponsse Plc and Vattenfall AB.