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Patria has come under some scrutiny for using the title ‘sales manager’ (Fi. myyntipäällikkö) to describe the role of its employee who gave a now-deceased businessman a permission to market its products in Uganda and Mozambique.
Patria has come under some scrutiny for using the title ‘sales manager’ (Fi. myyntipäällikkö) to describe the role of its employee who gave a now-deceased businessman a permission to market its products in Uganda and Mozambique.

 

Patria, a state-owned defence contractor, has been accused of providing misleading information regarding the position of the employee who gave a marketing permission to the businessman who was found dead in hotel room in Kampala, Uganda, in early February.

The death of the middle-aged businessman is being investigated as murder, according to Iltalehti.

Helsingin Sanomat on Thursday revealed that the letter of authorisation given to the businessman was signed and stamped by Markku Koivisto, a vice president of key accounts at Patria Land Systems. The defence contractor, on the other hand, has repeatedly stated that the marketing permission had been given by a sales manager (Fi. myyntipäällikkö) without the knowledge of the management.

Birgitta Selonen, the chief communications officer at Patria, told Uusi Suomi on Thursday that the defence contractor used a generic job title in an attempt to protect the privacy of its employees. She did, however, also confirm the authenticity of the letter of authorisation shown to Helsingin Sanomat.

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“The letter that you see there is not a forgery,” she said.

Selonen also argued that the title of ‘sales manager’ is a more fitting description of the responsibilities of the employee in question.

“We have several vice presidents of sales (Fi. myyntijohtaja) who report to the senior vice president of sales and marketing at [Patria] Land [Systems, Juha Simola]. We internally refer to them as sales managers, which is a more accurate description of their position in the organisation of [Patria Land],” she explained.

“It’s no different to when I’m referred to as a spokesperson, as I often am by the media. My business card reads chief communications officer, but I’m also a spokesperson,” added Selonen.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Pekka Sakki – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi

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