Pekka P. Rantala 1934–2020
His life A stubborn patriot who spent his working life in the Finnish forest industry until the last meters, he never agreed to say that the paper industry was a sunset industry, even though many of his contemporaries saw it in the leap of mobile technology.
Rantala had time to experience several turning points in the industry. In them, too, he believed in the splendor of the industry, in his last days by written means. In Rantala’s imagination, the history of the Finnish forest industry is full of heroic stories: innovators, innovations and risk-takers – evolution, of course.
The heroic story of its kind was also the life of Rantala from a ten-year-old war valley to leadership positions in the forest industry and with them as an expert in the field all over the world.
If the engineering community has been characterized as a bit colorless and customer-centric, Rantala was a different country. He had enough of a twinkle in the corner of his eye, even in the dullest pieces of the spirit.
Wife Anja and children were always lovingly close, even though Pekka’s work tasks carried the family home and around the world. In his new positions, Rantala quickly settled into a “house”, being actively involved in local community rushes. He also knew how to be proud of this and felt his value.
Rantala said his case if he had anything to say. He was worried about the future of the forest industry until the end. He had his vision of “going up and down again” and at the same time his own path to sustainable solutions in the industry.
Rantalan the career in the forest industry from the late 1950s to the early 2000s was exceptionally diverse.
In the early years of his career, he was the first own representative sent by a Finnish industrial group in North America. Since then, he has held various management positions, e.g. As President and CEO of Joutseno Pulp and Deputy President and CEO of Rauma-Repola and Ahlström.
In the 1990s, he worked as a consultant in positions related to the restructuring of the forest industry in Finland and Europe.
The author is a long-time friend of Pekka Rantala.