Chairman of the Board of VR Group, Kjell Forsen, refused to disclose why Sipponen was fired. He told the news agency STT that he and Sipponen had agreed to keep the reasons hidden, but stated that there were no irregularities.
Forsen also denied that the dismissal of the CEO would be related to the railway company’s decisions made last month regarding train traffic to and from Russia.
The railway company announced in March that it would suspend commercial services as well as freight traffic between the countries.
However, the company on Wednesday reversed the decision to suspend freight traffic and said it had received a report that the sanctions imposed by Britain on the Russian Railways (RZD), which led to the decision, did not apply to these services.
Sipponen said on Wednesday that VR made decisions regarding train traffic between Finland and Russia without consulting its owner, the Finnish state.
Director of Passenger Transport, Topi Simolawill take temporary responsibility for the company’s operations during the search for a new director, VR said.
Source: The Nordic Page