Laura Tarkka new CEO of Gigantti

October 30, 2020

We are happy to share that Laura Tarkka will be the new CEO of Gigantti. Tarkka, who most recently served as CEO of Kämp Collection Hotels, will start her new role as of November 1st, 2020.

We are happy to share that Laura Tarkka will be the new CEO of Gigantti as of November 1st, 2020. Tarkka, who most recently served as CEO of Kämp Collection Hotels, has a master's degree in industrial engineering. In addition to managing the international hotel chain, she is known for her work as CFO and deputy CEO of Diacor, CFO of Fazer Food Services and as an investment banker.

- We are excited to have such a visionary and experienced leader as Laura taking the lead in Gigantti in Finland. She has the kind of enthusiasm and proven track record as CEO, especially in the field of services, that we see as essential to Gigantti's future growth, said Erik G. Sønsterud, CEO of Elkjøp Nordic.

Tarkka, who most recently served as CEO of Kämp Collection Hotels, has a master's degree in industrial engineering. In addition to managing the international hotel chain, she is known for her work as CFO and deputy CEO of Diacor, CFO of Fazer Food Services and as an investment banker.

At Gigantti, she replaces current CEO Trygve Hillesland, who at his own request will be returning to Elkjøp Nordic and the company’s main office in Oslo. Hillesland has managed to turn Gigantti’s finances to a stable ground and at the same time improved customer satisfaction to over 92 per cent.

The new CEO of Gigantti believes that the keys to develop the positive trend even further lies in taking extra good care of her new collegaues.

- The industry is highly competitive, and we must ensure that customers return to Gigantti in the future as well. I firmly believe that the key to customer loyalty lies in the employees. Corporate social responsibility is to the greatest extent possible also about taking responsibility for the personnel: their employment, development possibilities and well-being. I want to be involved in continuing Gigantti's success story and creating the most functional, multi-channel customer experience that is in touch with the everyday life, which at best should be an exceptional event, said Laura Tarkka.

Contacts

Kristian Willanger

Senior Communications Advisor, Elkjøp Nordic

Jan Christian Thommesen

Nordic Head of PR and Communications, Elkjøp Nordic