Change at the top for Marimekko
November 5, 2007,
Helsinki, Finland – Kirsti Paakanen, the chief executive and major shareholder of Marimekko, the Finnish apparel and home furnishings lifestyle manufacturer and marketer, will leave the company in February.
Calling Marimekko a “pearl,” Ihamuotila said, “It is my aim to start building Marimekko into a cult brand within clothing, interior decoration, and lifestyle, as well as a company that has an international distribution network, a passionate staff and a market value multi-fold from today.”
In a statement, Paakanen noted that she would assist her successor after he took charge, at his request.
Marimekko, an iconic design force in postwar contemporary textiles, has had a long relationship with the home furnishings business in the United States, via decorative fabrics as well as a bedding license with Revman that is sold through Crate & Barrel and CB2.