Kimmo Iljin started working in the port already in 1982, as a supervisor of the customs terminal. His career continued in Silja Line’s service in 1986 in a similar position, and as a real challenge, he was appointed to develop the operational functions of the train ferry traffic in 1989. The next milestone was transferring to the management of Trukki-Toimi Oy, and finally becoming a shareholder in 1998. Some ten years later Kimmo Iljin bought the share capital of Turku Stevedoring Oy Ab and merged the company into Trukki-Toimi Oy. In connection with the merger, the company was renamed Turku Stevedoring Oy, and TurkuSteve was launched as a marketing name. In the same year, Forlog Oy was founded. Since then Kimmo Iljin has developed the operating of the family-owned companies in a determined fashion and is gradually preparing to transfer the operational responsibilities to the next generation of the family.
In his leisure time, Kimmo participates actively in voluntary national defence, as a result of which he was promoted to lieutenant commander in reserve in 2011. When he has the time, Kimmo plays golf and drives his motorcycle.
Text: Kari Ahonen
Photo: Markku Koivumäki