Scandinavian operator SAS has named Erno Hilden, formerly with Finnair, as the company’s new chief financial officer.

He will succeed Magnus Ornberg who is stepping down from the position this spring.

Hilden had served as chief financial officer of Finnair until 2015, and had also been the airline’s chief operating officer.

He became an executive vice-president at Saudi Arabian flag-carrier Saudia, in the field of privatisation.

Hilden describes SAS as a “strong brand” and says he is “excited” to be playing a central role in the company’s transformation plan ‘SAS Forward’.

“[His] extensive financial experience combined with aviation expertise makes him a valuable addition to SAS’s top management team,” says the carrier’s chief, Anko van der Werff.

Hilden will take up the SAS post in April.