Marek Hintze appointed as Managing Director of Sonera Piste Oy

Marek Hintze, 42, Master of Economic Sciences, has been appointed as Managing Director of Sonera Piste Oy as of January 15, 2007. He has previously acted as Managing Director of Bilia Oy Ab, and his earlier positions include, for example, Managing Director of Volvo Finance Finland.

“Marek Hintze has excellent experience in the management and advancement of service business and retail trade," says Esa Rautalinko, who is the Chairman of Sonera Piste Oy's Board of Directors and Senior Vice President of TeliaSonera Finland's Consumer Mobile Services & Entertainment division. “We want to become the leading service company in Finland, and Marek’s competences and role as the Managing Director of Sonera Piste Oy are central to our goal. In addition, his personality and person management style are a welcome addition to the division’s management team,” says Esa Rautalinko.

“I’m really enthusiastic about the opportunity to be involved in the business development of Sonera Piste. TeliaSonera is a forerunner in the industry, and I believe we also have every opportunity to become a leading service company in the future,” says Marek Hintze.

Sonera Piste Oy’s current Managing Director Seppo Tikka resigns from the company at his own request.
“I want to thank Seppo Tikka for his several years’ work, first as the Managing Director of the Päämies chain and then of Sonera Piste. As his last job, Seppo carried through to a successful conclusion the combination of Sonera Piste and Päämies, by which a new Sonera Piste chain was formed,” says Esa Rautalinko.

The new Sonera Piste sales chain was formed when Sonera Piste and Päämies were combined. In June 2006, TeliaSonera Finland bought the remaining 50.4% of the shares of the Päämies-kauppiaat Oy from the other shareholders and thereby became the sole shareholder of Päämies. The company has announced that when overlaps are eliminated, Sonera Piste will have 41 shops in January 2007.

For further information, please contact:
Esa Rautalinko, Senior Vice President, TeliaSonera Finland Oyj
Tel. +358 400 740 997, E-mail

Marek Hintze, Managing Director (as of Jan. 15, 2007), Sonera Piste Oy
Tel. 0400 404 004