Matti Bergendahl to step down as the President and CEO of Realia Group; Kari Virta to succeed him as the CEO of the company

After 5 successful years in the position, Realia Group’s President and Chief Executive Officer Matti Bergendahl has resigned from his position and will step down as President and Chief Executive Officer of the company. Matti Bergendahl will move to new opportunities outside the company.

Consequently, Realia Group’s board of directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Kari Virta as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Group. Kari’s introduction program to Realia Group will start during October, and he will take full responsibility as Group CEO on November 1. Matti Bergendahl is happy to support Kari in his introduction program and with handover until end of 2019.

“We are thankful to Matti Bergendahl for his contributions in building Realia Group and its Group companies into a leading pan-Nordic property management and brokerage services company with a very strong and capable organization. During his tenure, the company’s net sales increased from around 90 million EUR in 2014 to over 140 million EUR in 2018. The profitability of the group has developed even more favourably, EBITDA has increased by 70%. The company has strengthened its leadership position within property management services both in Finland and Scandinavia while making significant investments into modernizing internal processes to meet the changing customer requirements” commented Bengt Maunsbach, the Chairman of the board of Realia Group.

“At the same time, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Kari Virta as Matti’s successor. Kari brings on a wealth of experience from leading Nordic business services companies such as Med Group and ISS Finland. He has a long-proven track record of building services cultures in people-driven businesses and excellent leadership capabilities” Bengt continued.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Realia Group and its Group companies and would like to thank everyone in the organization for the hard work, commitment and what we have achieved together during the last five years. I look forward to following the company’s future development and wish the best of luck to my successor, Kari” commented Matti Bergendahl.

 

Additional information:

Bengt Maunsbach, Chairman of the Board, Realia Group Oy, tel. +46 fa730 799 115

Matti Bergendahl, President and CEO, Realia Group Oy, tel. +358 40 833 5461

 

Realia Group is the largest expert service group specialising in real estate and the management of apartments, properties and commercial facilities in the Nordic countries. Companies in Realia Group include Huoneistokeskus, SKV Kiinteistönvälitys, Huom! Huoneistomarkkinointi, Realia Isännöinti, Realia Management and Arenna. Ober-Haus runs operations in the Baltic region, and Hestia in Sweden. Realia Group’s annual turnover (2018) is approximately EUR 140 million, and the group has more than 1,900 employees. All the companies share an emphasis on customer satisfaction, which is created with tailored products and active, professional service. www.realiagroup.fi