Paula Lehtomäki was elected as the director general of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation (FFIF) in June 2022. She started in her new position on the 19th of September 2022.

The Finnish Forest Industry Federation's new director Paula Lehtomäki has exceptionally impressive experience in various public positions. For the past three and a half years, Lehtomäki served as Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers. Previously, she was the Minister of Foreign Trade and Development in two governments. In addition, she was also the Minister of the Environment in two governments. She has served as Prime Minister Juha Sipilä's state secretary 2015–2019. Furthermore, Lehtomäki has been a Member of Parliament from 1999 to 2015.

Paula Lehtomäki holds a Master's degree in Economics as well as a Bachelor's degree in Political Science.

– The future of the forest industry seems fascinating and bright. The forest industry is certainly a vital industry for the positive future of our country. It feels important to have the possibility to participate in creating sustainable well-being in Finland, Europe and beyond, says Lehtomäki.

Timo Jaatinen, the previous director general of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation, resigned from his position on his own initiative last spring.