Timo Luukkainen, CEO of Ensto Group, has been awarded the title “Officer of the National Order of Merit” (Officier de l'Ordre national du Mérite ) by decree of the President of the French Republic on 7 May 2015. The Ambassador of France to Finland, Serge Mostura, gave the medal of honor to Timo Luukkainen in a ceremony at the Embassy of France in 20 October, 2015.
The national Order of Merit was founded in 1963 by President Charles de Gaulle. The reason for the Order’s establishment was twofold: to replace the large number of ministerial orders previously awarded by the ministries; and to create an award that can be awarded to foreign nationals, both men and women, and at a lower level than the Légion d'honneur (Legion of Honour), which is generally reserved for French citizens.
The order recognizes distinguished merits acquired in public office, civil or military, or in private business for services, merits and devotion rendered to the French Nation.