Following Fortum´s increasing presence in the Norwegian power and heat business, Mr Hans Kristian Rod has been appointed as the company representative in Norway as of 4 March, 2003. In his new position, Mr Rod will be based in Oslo and report to Tapio Kuula, President of Fortum´s Power and Heat Sector.


”Norway is an important part of our Nordic strategy. We have already agreed to acquire shareholdings in Hafslund and other energy companies in the Oslo region. We want to actively explore also other opportunities to further strengthen our position in our Nordic home market. Therefore we need a company representative who can promote our interests. With his experience and professional skills, Mr Rod is ideally suited for this job” says Tapio Kuula.


Mr Rod (50) holds a MSc (Econ) as well as a MBA degree. He joined the group in 1991 and has been Managing Director of Fortum Petroleum AS since 1994 and responsible for Fortum´s Exploration and Production businesses since 1999. He is a native Norwegian.


Corporate Communications


For more information:


Mr. Tapio Kuula, President, Power and Heat Sector, tel. +358 10 452 4112

Mrs. Carola Teir-Lehtinen, Senior V.P., Corp. Comm., tel. 0358 10 452 4118