Faces that make Pöyry Great - Rita Pohjolainen's Story

"At this point I want to fondly remember Dr. Jaakko Pöyry, whom I knew personally and to whom all employees were equally important."

Rita Pohjolainen, Executive Assistant, Industry Business Group

In October 2019 it will be my turn to reach the age of 65 years and I will retire having developed a strong Pöyry DNA, looking back at a long career in a solid company.

In May 1976 Pöyry advertised for a German translator in Finland’s major newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. I had just graduated from The Language Institute in Turku as a Qualified German Translator so I applied for the job. To my delight I was chosen and started my career at Pöyry on August 16, 1976. I was 21 years old and did not know anything about the pulp and paper processes.

I succeeded Mrs Marita Stubb who retired at the age of 65 years and was highly respected in the company. With the help and motivation from my nice colleagues and fellow translators I soon learned the forest industry glossary. During 15 years I worked exclusively as a German translator in Pöyry’s translators pool. These were the best years of my working career despite the hard work with several projects going on at the same time.

After the summer holidays in 1991 the company moved to new premises in Vantaa and the deep Finnish recession was approaching. The translators pool was disbanded and I became a member of the Paper Department. Since September 1991 I have worked parallel as a translator and as secretary to the Head of the Industry Business Group, my present boss being Mr Nicholas Oksanen.

Working in a global company has been very rewarding for me. I have been able to use my language skills, made friends among colleagues and clients and learnt much about other cultures and above all I have almost completed my “Master´s Thesis” in Pulp & Paper Technologies. The best compliment I got from an Austrian colleague when he read one of my texts and said “I am astonished to see how much you know about the process”.  That made me proud.

From the very start I have been strongly committed to the company. I have worked long days and I have always been available for my boss and our team. In October 2019 it will be my turn to reach the age of 65 years and I will retire having developed a strong Pöyry DNA, looking back at a long career in a solid company.

At this point I want to fondly remember Dr. Jaakko Pöyry, whom I knew personally and to whom all employees were equally important, and wish our company all the best of luck for the next 60 years.

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