Erkki Järvinen, President of Rautakirja and the head of the Sanoma Trade division, will leave his current tasks in spring 2009 for a similar position outside the Sanoma Group. He joined Rautakirja in 1997 to lead one of its four business areas and took up the position of President and CEO in 2001.

"The past 12 years in Rautakirja have been wonderful. Together with talented and committed people we have grown and expanded Rautakirja internationally to a Northern European retail specialist. I believe, that Rautakirja has a bright and interesting future ahead," says Erkki Järvinen.

"Erkki Järvinen has had an important role in developing our distribution business. I would like to thank Erkki for a long-lasting co-operation, and I wish him success in his new position," says Hannu Syrjänen, President and CEO of Sanoma.

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