VTT is reforming its Management Group by
nominating new members to the positions opened in the spring.
Antti Vasara, CEO emphasises
experience, effectiveness, expertise and growth-orientation in the nominations.
“With our top experts, we want to create impact and prerequisites for the growth
of our customers and for Finland. The management group structure and the new
members in this group will give us sound basis in this. The new management group
members will refurbish and bring new talents to VTT’s management.”
Tanja Huoponen, MSc is nominated
as the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). She has been working as the CFO of
the TDC Oy, Finland. She has solid experience in efficient financial management,
strategic support of profitable growth strategy, as well as development of
finance and administration processes that help to increase customer
satisfaction. Tanja Huoponen will start her work at VTT August 8,
“This position offers me a very interesting
opportunity to work in the leading R&D organisation in Scandinavia and work
together with top experts of technology to strengthen the competitiveness of
Finland. Together with VTT’s finance and administration professionals I want to
develop services for the whole VTT organisation,” Huoponen comments.
The present administration director,
Seppo Viinikainen, will move to a new role of a Compliance
Officer, reporting to CFO Tanja Huoponen.
Kirsi Nuotto, MA, is nominated
as the SVP, Human Resources. She has strong experience in HR, for example, from
Cargotec and Outotec where she has been Senior Vice President of Human
Resources. She will start her work at VTT August 15, 2016.
“It is great to get to work with VTT top experts.
The renewal of the company and continuous development of corporate culture and
management are inspiring challenges,” says Kirsi Nuotto.
The present SVP, Riitta Tolvanen
will be working together with Kirsi Nuotto till her retirement in the
Erja Turunen, DTech is nominated
as EVP, Smart Industry and Energy Systems (IND). She will start in her new
position August 1, 2016. She has been VP, Research in the same Business Area.
Recruitment for her previous position will be opened now both in-house and
“Digitalisation is changing our operating
environment. This requires unique expertise, new services and approaches of VTT,
as well as increased agility and ability to develop together with our customers.
This is the way we want to operate”, Turunen says.
Jouko Suokas, the present EVP,
will coach Erja and retire by the end of September.
Petri Kalliokoski, EVP,
Knowledge Intensive Products and Services, is nominated as deputy for the CEO,
starting August 1, 2016.
Katri Kallio DTech, is nominated
as Strategy Manager and member of the Management Group starting August 1, 2016.
She wrote her doctoral dissertation on innovation management and has experience
on the practises of innovation management in several Finnish expert
organisations. During this spring she has been steering VTT’s new strategy
process together with the management, company’s other experts and
Anne-Christine Ritschkoff, EVP, Strategic Research, Olli Ernvall, SVP, Communications and Brand Marketing, Matti Karhunen, SVP, Legal, IPR and Security, and employee representative Anu Vaari will continue in the Management Group.