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Yrjö Pessi

Chemical company executive

Yrjö Pessi, Finnish chemical company executive.


Pessi, Yrjö was born on August 30, 1926 in Kaukola, Finland.


Master of Science in Agri. and Forestry, University Helsinki, 1951. Doctor of Agri. and Forestry, University Helsinki, 1956.


Director Frost Research Station, 1951-1957. Managing director Peat Cultivation Society, 1957-1964. Director Leteensuo Experimental Station, 1957-1964.

Research manager Rikkihappo Oy (Kemira Oy), 1964-1971, assistant manager, 1972-1973. Managing director Kemira Oy, 1975-1978, president, chief executive officer, 1978-1992. Director, professor Agricultural Research Center, 1973-1974.

Board directors Economic Information Bureau, confederation Finnish Industries, Finnish Employers General Group, Research Institute Finnish Economy (supporting committee). Member supervisory board Kansallis-Osake-Pankki, Industrial Mutual Insurance Company, Finnish Cultural Foundation. Member Finnish Academy Technology Sciences, since 1978, advisory board Helsinki University of Technology, 1979-1996, chairman 1984-1996, commission Supporting Foundation Helsinki School of Economics, 1983-1991.

Chairman Delegation of Finnish Institute Export, 1983-1989.


Chairman central board Finnish Child Welfare Association, 1984. Member supervisory board Finnish Cultural Foundation, 1985-1991. Member Finnish Chemical Industry Federation (board directors, chairman science advisory board 1984-1991), Peat Cultivation Society (chairman board directors), Foundation Research Higher Education and Science Policy (council member), International Fertilizer Industry Association (council member), International Peat Society (council member, president council 1985-1992, chairman Finnish National committee 1985-1992).


Urho and Hilma (Kinnunen) P. Married Liisa Nokka, 1950. Children: Pirkko, Urho-Pekka (deceased), Marja, Jyrki, Piija, Petri.