Ilkka joined S Group and chain management 1995. Since then he has been responsible for several category groups as and held several positions as Category Director. In early 1990’s Ilkka was a researcher at the Helsinki Research Institute for Business Administration and an author of two publications in the area of grocery and non-food business. He holds a Masters of Science degree in Business Administration (Marketing). Ilkka is a chairman or a member of several national committees at the Finnish Grocery Trade Association. He is also a chairman of Finnish Organic Food Association.
S Group consists of 20 independent regional enterprises and SOK Corporation. S Group is a 100% Finnish group of companies and the annual turnover of S Group is 11.9 Billion USD. Today S Group operates in many different sectors of retail: Food and Consumer Goods, Department Stores, Petrol Stations, Hotels and Restaurants as well DIY. Next to this offering, S Bank provides banking services. Next to Finland S Group operates also in Russia and in the Baltic states.