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Esa Pulkkinen appointed Permanent Secretary in Ministry of Defence

Ministry of Defence
Publication date 28.10.2021 13.17 | Published in English on 28.10.2021 at 13.20
Press release

In its plenary session on 28 October 2021, the Government appointed Esa Pulkkinen to the post of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence for the period of 1 January 2022 to 31 July 2025.

Director General Esa Ilmari Pulkkinen (born 1957) has served as Director General of the Defence Policy Department in the Ministry of Defence since 2020. He acted in the same position from 2010 to 2016. In 2016-2020, Pulkkinen served as Director General of the European Union Military Staff in Brussels. He is a General Staff Officer and has previously served, among other things, as Assistant Chief of Staff in the Defence Command, Commander of the Jaeger Brigade and Branch Chief and National Expert in the EU Military Staff.

The Permanent Secretary assists the Minister in directing, developing and monitoring the work of the Ministry and its branch of government. As Permanent Secretary, Esa Pulkkinen will also lead the Ministry's strategic planning and coordinate its implementation. He will be responsible for effective internal control, assist the Minister in planning, implementing and monitoring broad-based issues, and manage performance guidance within the Ministry's administrative branch.

Inquiries: Hannu Antikainen, Director of Administration Unit, Ministry of Defence, tel. + 358 295 140 500.

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