Björn Westerlund

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Björn Westerlund
Born Björn Georg Wilhelm Westerlund
(1912-01-27)January 27, 1912
Hanover, Germany
Died March 11, 2009(2009-03-11) (aged 97)
Helsinki, Finland
Other names "Nalle"
Alma mater Helsinki University of Technology
Known for President and CEO,
Nokia Corporation
Title vuorineuvos
Political party
Swedish People's Party

Björn Georg Wilhelm Westerlund, titled Vuorineuvos (January 27, 1912 in Hanover, Germany – March 11, 2009 in Helsinki, Finland), was a Finnish businessman and a short-time minister in the government of Finland. He was the former and first President and CEO of Nokia Corporation that was formed in a 1967 merger between the three Finnish companies Nokia Company, Finnish Rubber Works and Finnish Cable Works. He was the CEO until his retirement in 1977. He remained Chairman of the Board until 1979.

He was also the Minister of Trade and Industry for a short while (19 June to 14 July 1961) in V. J. Sukselainen's second government, as a representative of Swedish People's Party.

Business positions
Preceded by
Nokia Corporation CEO
1967–1977
Succeeded by
Kari Kairamo
Preceded by
Lauri J. Kivekäs
Nokia Corporation Chairman
1977–1979
Succeeded by
Mika Tiivola
Political offices
Preceded by
Ahti Karjalainen
Minister of Trade and Industry
1961
Succeeded by
Ilmari Hustich