Photo: Tapio Mustasaari

Jukka Alho

CEO 2000–2012

Jukka Alho (1952– ), M.Sc. (Tech.), followed the business model preferred by listed companies where the CEO is the face of the business; he wanted to publicly discuss the Post's results. He also took the Post's business expertise and organisational culture to a new level by asking, encouraging and questioning.

Alho worked as design engineer and project manager at Televa and Telefenno from 1976 until 1981, then as systems engineer, head of department, technical manager and deputy managing director at Helsingin Puhelinyhdistys (later Elisa Communications Oy) until he joined the Post. He was Finland Post's Group President and CEO between 2000 and 2007, and after 2007, Itella's Group President. He retired in 2012. Alho also served on boards of various companies.

Postal History in Finland

  • Electronic communications increased in the early 2000s.
  • Posti launched an electronic service channel, NetPosti, in 2001.
  • eLetter and eCard gained popularity in the early 2000s.
  • Finland's Post became a public limited company in 2001.
  • Posti's logo and corporate identity were revamped in 2002. The idea was to highlight the fact that Posti was more than what you receive every day.
  • Finland's Post was renamed Itella in 2007, and the group was called Itella Group.
  • In 2008, Itella was the only distributor of subscription magazines.
  • Keltainen Kuljetus was abandoned as logistics, parcel and transport services were renamed Itella Express and Itella Economy.
  • 2.8 billion items delivered in 2005.
  • Around 1,300 postal outlets in 2005.
  • Staff: 24,408 in 2005.





  • Immigrants formed a larger proportion of the population, and the ageing of the population continued.
  • An economic boom which ended with the financial crisis in 2008.
  • Numerous new shopping centres were built, such as Kamppi in the centre of Helsinki in 2006.
  • Internet and mobile phone usage became widespread quickly.
  • Economic and cultural globalisation.
  • Online banking became popular.
  • Social media was a novelty. Facebook in Finnish was launched in 2008.
  • The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Martti Ahtisaari, former President of Finland, in 2008.
  • Editor-in-chief Markku Paretskoi announced the discontinuation of the humour magazine Pahkasika in 2000.
  • A doping scandal at the Lahti World Ski Championships in 2001.
  • The Eurovision Song Contest 2006: Lordi made history by becoming the first Finnish entry to win the competition.
  • The first female President of Finland: Tarja Halonen (Social Democratic Party) 2000–2012.
  • Population 5.25 million in 2005.

Global Events

  • Globalisation of international corporations.
  • Global warming started to cause concern.
  • Several car manufacturers launched hybrid cars.
  • The TV series Selviytyjät, based on the Swedish Expedition Robinson format, started a reality TV trend in 2000.
  • Anthrax letter attacks reduced the number of letters sent in several countries in 2001 and 2002.
  • Terrorists attacked the United States in 2001. Osama Bin Laden was killed in 2011.
  • China conducted its first manned space flight in 2003.
  • Barack Obama became the first black president of the United States in 2008.