Mikko Keto is joining FLSmidth later this year as president, Mining Industry and a member of Group Executive Management.

The appointment follows Manfred Schaffer’s decision to retire in 2020.

Keto joins FLSmidth from Metso, where he worked for 10 years and most recently served as president of its Minerals Services and Pumps business areas and as a member of the Finnish company’s Executive Team. Keto terminated his employment with Metso on 1 January 2020.

Before joining Metso, he was head of sales for the Maintenance business unit at Kone Corp and held senior management and sales positions at Nokia Networks.

“Mikko Keto will lead the FLSmidth Mining organisation in capturing profitable business opportunities,” said FLSmidth CEO Thomas Schulz. “He comes with an extensive experience in Service Line Management, Spare Parts and lifecycle offerings. He brings a strong commitment to customer partnerships, and believes strongly in delivering significant enhancements in performance, sustainability and asset optimisation.”

“I am excited to join FLSmidth and help drive profitable growth in the mining business and further develop FLSmidth’s portfolio of solutions towards zero emissions,” said Keto.