Ahlstrom, a leading global provider of high-performance fibre-based materials, has announced the appointment of Mary Puddepha as the company’s new Chief People Officer. Puddepha will also join the executive management team, assuming her new role effective June 1, 2023. She will succeed Tarja Takko, who previously held the position of EVP of People & Culture at Ahlstrom.
With this strategic appointment, Ahlstrom aims to reinforce its commitment to employee development, organizational culture, and talent management. Puddepha brings extensive experience in human resources and organizational development, making her an excellent fit for the role.
Throughout her career, Puddepha has demonstrated a keen understanding of the dynamics of diverse workforces and has been instrumental in driving positive change within organizations. Her expertise encompasses various aspects of human resources, including talent acquisition, employee engagement, leadership development, and organizational effectiveness.
Prior to joining Ahlstrom, Puddepha held key leadership positions in several multinational companies, where she successfully implemented innovative people strategies and initiatives. Her passion for nurturing inclusive and high-performing cultures aligns with Ahlstrom’s vision for sustained growth and development.
In her new role as Chief People Officer, Puddepha will play a vital role in shaping Ahlstrom’s human resources agenda. She will be responsible for driving the company’s talent management efforts, fostering an engaging work environment, and ensuring that Ahlstrom attracts, retains, and develops top talent. By implementing best practices and leveraging her extensive experience, Puddepha will contribute to the company’s long-term success and reinforce its position as an employer of choice.
Commenting on the appointment, Hans Sohlström, President and CEO of Ahlstrom, expressed hi confidence in Puddepha’s ability to lead the company’s people strategy. He stated, “Mary Puddepha’s track record and expertise in human resources make her an excellent addition to our executive management team. With her strong leadership skills and deep understanding of fostering a high-performance culture, we are confident that she will play a pivotal role in shaping our people agenda and driving our company’s success.”l
Mary Puddepha holds a master’s degree in Human Resources Management and is known for her collaborative and people-centric approach. Her appointment represents Ahlstrom’s continued commitment to investing in its employees and cultivating a positive and inclusive workplace environment.