Erik John Victor Hartwall was born in 1941 in Sipoo, in the South of Finland.
As a representative of the fifth generation of the Hartwall family Erik took
over the brewery operations of the family business and led the company
through several milestones. Under him the company acquired numerous competing
Finnish breweries, such as Lapin Kulta in 1980 and Mallasjuoma in 1988.
One of Erik's most notable achievements was co-founding Baltic Beverages
Holding in 1991 with the Swedish brewery Pripps. This was the first time a
western beverage company had entered the Russian market.
In 1994 Hartwall went public on the Helsinki stock exchange. After the turn
of the century Hartwall merged with Scottish&Newcastle (2002) and Erik became
a member of the board in this big-league international company. Later in
the same year members of the Hartwall family became main shareholders in
Karelia-Upofloor Oy, one of Europe's leading flooring manufacturers (2004).
In 2008 the Hartwall family sold its share in Scottish & Newcastle turning
a leaf to a new era.
In addition to running the family business, Erik also operates as the
vice chairman of the board for the Hartwall family's investment firm Hartwall
Capital. Erik's, Victor's and Kaj-Erik's own investments, however, are
managed through the family office K. Hartwall Invest.