Board of Directors and Management Group

Board of Directors

Liisa Harjula

Born 1972, M.Sc. (Econ.), LL.M, LL.M with court training
Finnish citizen

Chairperson of the Board (2017–)

Independent of VMP

Dependent on a major VMP shareholder

Work experience

Sentica Partners Oy, Investment director, CFO & IR (2013–)
Sentica Partners Oy, Investment director (2009–)
Sentica Partners Oy, Investment manager (2007–2009)
Asianajotoimisto Astrea Oy: Legal counselor/Attorney (2005–2007)

Board memberships

VMP Group (2017–)
Secto Automotive Group Oy (2014–)
Purkupiha Group Oy (2018–)
Arjessa Oy (2010–2016)

 

Tapio Pajuharju

Born 1963, M.Sc. (Econ.)

Finnish citizen

Member of the Board (2010–)

Independent of VMP and its major shareholders

Work experience

Harvia Group, CEO (2016–)
Oy Hartwall Ab, CEO (2014–2016)
Lumene Oy, CEO (2004–2014)
Huhtamäki Group, several management positions (1988–2004)

Board memberships

Varamiespalvelu Group (2010-)
Saunamax Oy (2017–)
Overlandpark Oy (2011–)
Walki Group Oy (2016–)
Harvia Oy (2014–2016)
Halti Oy (2012–2014)
SM-Liiga Oy (2013–2017)

 

Paul Savolainen

Born 1976, vocational qualification in information technology, Further Qualification for Entrepreneurs

Finnish citizen

Member of the Board (2013–)

Dependent on a major VMP shareholder

Work experience

Meissa-Capital Oy, CEO (2013–)
SVP-Invest Oy, CEO (2008–)

Board memberships

Varamiespalvelu Group Oy (2013–)
Meissa-Capital Oy (2013–)
SVP-Invest Oy (2009–)

 

Mika Uotila

Born 1971, M.Sc. (Econ.)

Finnish citizen

Member of the Board (2017–)

Independent of VMP

Dependent on a major VMP shareholder

Work experience

Sentica Partners Oy, CEO (2007–)
Sentica Partners Oy, Investment Director and Partner (2004–2007)
Sentio Invest Oy, Investment director and Partner (2002–2004)
Sonera Oy and Sonera SmartTrust Oy, several specialist and management positions (1995–2001)

Board memberships

VMP Group (2017-)
Func Food Finland Oy (2014–)
Solteq Oyj (2015–)
Pihlajalinna Oyj (2014–2016)
Descom Group Oy (2009–2014)
Ammania Oy (2016–)
Orneule Oy (2010–)
Arjessa Oy (2013–2014)
Treston Group Oy (2011–2014)

Heimo Hakkarainen

Born 1957, B.Sc. (Business Admin. & Econ.), eMBA
Finnish citizen

Member of the Board (2018–)

Dependent on VMP

Independent of VMP’s major shareholders

Work experience

Varamiespalvelu Group, CEO (2012–2018)
Vierumäki Oy, CEO (2010–2011)
Norpe Oy, CEO (2003–2010)
CHEP Oy, CEO of the Nordic Operations (2000–2003)
Fazer Oy, several management positions (1994–2000)

Board memberships

VMP Oyj (2018–)
Treamer Oy (2016–)
PALTA ry (2015–)
Satatuote Oy (2014–)

Supervisory board memberships

Ilmarinen (2018–)

 

Joni Aaltonen

Born 1970, BBA

Finnish citizen

Member of the Board (2018–)

Independent of VMP and its major shareholders

Work experience

Pihlajalinna Oyj, CEO (2017–)
Pihlajalinna Oyj, SVP of Primary and Social Care Segment (2016–2017)
Pihlajalinna Oyj, COO (2015–2016)
Pihlajalinna Terveys Oy, CFO (2015)
Pihlajalinna Oy, CFO (2008–2014)
Plenware Oy, CFO (2005–2008)
KPMG Oy Ab, auditor (2001–2004)

Board memberships

Vendero Oy (2013–)
Kemvit Oy (2014–)
Posa Oy (2014–)

Kati Hagros

Born 1970, M.Sc. (Eng.) and M.Sc. (Soc.)

Finnish citizen

Member of the Board (2019–)

Independent of VMP and its major shareholders

Work experience

Aalto University, Chief Digital Officer, 2016–

KONE Corporation, SVP, Digitalization Strategy, Service Business, 2015–2016

KONE Corporation, SVP, Development, and CIO, 2010–2015

Nokia Corporation, Vice President, IT, Finland and the UK, 2007–2009

Nokia Corporation, Vice President, Quality, Finland and the UK, 2004–2007

Nokia Mobile Phones, Finland and Asia-Pacific, various positions, 1997–2004

Board memberships

Tokmanni Group Oyj, Member of the Board, 2016-

Siili Solutions Oyj, Member of the Board, 2016–

Nixu Oyj, Member of the Board, 2014–

Timur Kärki

Born 1971, M.Sc. (Tech.)

Finnish citizen

Member of the Board (2019–)

Independent of VMP and its major shareholders

Work experience

Gofore Plc, Managing Director (2010 – )
Gofore Ltd, Projects Director (2002 – 2010)

Board memberships

Gofore Ltd (2001–2017)
Ilves-Hockey Oy (2017- )
Navakka Group Oy (2019-)

CEO and Management Team

 

Juha Pesola

Born 1968, BBA

Finnish citizen

VMP’s CEO (2018–)

Work experience

VMP Group, CEO (2018-)
VMP Varamiespalvelu, CEO (2015–2018)
VMP, Sales Director (2014–2015)
Bework Oy, Regional Director (2012–2014)
TDC Oy, Partner (2010–2012)
TimeMill Oy, Senior Consultant (2009–2010)

Hannu Nyman

Born 1969, M.Sc.(Tech), M.Sc.(Econ.)
Finnish citizen
VMP’s CFO (2019-)

Work experience

Efecte Plc, CFO (2017-2019)
Affecto Plc, Senior Vice President M&A, IR, (2004-2015)
Conventum Corporate Finance Oy, Associate Director (2002-2004)
Conventum Securities Oy, Head of Research (1999-2002)
TAI Research Centre, Project Manager (1996-1999)
TAI Research Centre, Researcher (1993-1995)

 

Ari Juvonen

Born 1961, M.Sc. (Econ.)

Finnish citizen

VMP’s director of Recruitment and Organizational Development services (2018-)

Work experience

PD Personnel Development Oy Ltd, CEO (2011–)
PD Personnel Development Oy Ltd, deputy CEO (2006–2011)
PD Personnel Development Oy Ltd, recruitment consultant (1998–2006)

 

 

Jani Suominen

Born 1967, M.Sc., eMBA

Finnish citizen

VMP’s director of staffing services (2018–)

Work experience

Varamiespalvelu Group, Deputy CEO (2013–)
Suomen Varamiespalvelu Oy, Deputy CEO (2010–2013)
Suomen Varamiespalvelu Oy, Director of quality (2009–2010)
Suomen Varamiespalvelu Oy, PR Director (2005–2009)
Suomen Varamiespalvelu Oy, Communications Director (2001–2005)
Staffservice Finland Oy, Contact manager (2000–2001)

 

Saija Hellstén

Born 1976

Finnish citizen

VMP’s director of self-employment services (2019–)

Work experience

Eezy Osk, Development Director (2018–)

Eezy Osk, Marketing and Communications (2016-2018)

Sanasai tmi, Entrepreneur (2010-2016)

MPS Finland Consulting Oy & MPS Enterprises Ltd (1998-2010)

Ilpo Toivonen

Born 1968, LL.M, LL.M. trained at the bench, Attorney, Approved Board Member

Finnish citizen

VMP’s legal counsel (2018–)

Work experience

VMP’s legal counsel (2018–)
Alina Hoivatiimi Oy, CEO (2015–2018)
Varamiespalvelu Group, Director of administration (2013–2015)
Suomen Varamiespalvelu Oy, Director of administration (2005–2013)
Asianajotoimisto Heikkilä & Co Oy, Attorney (1997–2005)

 

Aki Peiju

Born 1977, BBA
Finnish citizen

VMP`s CDO (2019-)

Work experience

Administer Group, CTO & CIO (2018-2019)
Enfo Oyj, Head of Application and Technology (2016-2018)
3gamma, Head of Sales and Business Development (2015-2016)
Pyroll Group, CIO (2014-2015)
Euroclear, Head of Product Acceptance (2013-2014)
Smartum Group, CIO (2009-2013)