Board of Directors and Management Group

Board of Directors

Tapio Pajuharju

Born 1963, M.Sc. (Econ.)

Finnish citizen

Chairman of the Board (2019–), board member 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)

Liisa Harjula

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

Member of the Board (2017–), (Chairperson of the Board 2017-2019)

Chairperson of the Audit Committee (2019-), member of the Audit Committee 2018-2019

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)

Paul Savolainen

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

Finnish citizen

Member of the Board (2013–)

Independent of VMP

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–)

Member of the Audit Committee (2018-)

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)

 

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–

Jarno Suominen

Born 1972, Manager in Hotel and Restaurant industry
Finnish citizen
Member of the Board (2019–
Dependent on VMP, Dependent on a major VMP shareholder

Work experience
NoHo Partners Oyj, Chief Financial Officer (2005-)
JS-Resta Oy, Chief Executive Officer (2007-)
Osakeyhtiö Hallman, several management duties in restaurant business (1997-2004)

Board memberships
Smile Henkilöstöpalvelut Oyj (2014-2018)
Serves on the board of several subcompanies of NoHo Partners Oyj

Timo Mänty

Born 1960, M.Sc. (Econ.)
Finnish citizen
Member of the Board (2019–
Independent of VMP and its major shareholders

Work Experience
Onninen Oy, Chief Executive Officer (2011-2016)
Rautakirja Oy, Chief Executive Officer (2008-2011)
Finnkino Oy, Chief Executive Officer (1996-2008)

Board memberships

Smile Henkilöstöpalvelut Oyj (2018-)
Revenio Group Oyj (2009-2013)
Kaupan liitto (2008-2011, 2016)
Puuilo Oy
Puuilo Invest I Oy
Puuilo Invest II Oy
QMG Holding Oy
Finla Työterveys Oy
Dayton Group Oy

 

Timo Laine

Born 1966, MTK (technical school)
Finnish citizen
Member of the Board (2019–
Independent of VMP, Dependent on a major VMP shareholder
Founder of Restamax Oyj (now NoHo Partners Oyj)

Work experience
Wave Capital Oy, Chief Executive Officer (2007-)
Mr Max Oy, Chief Executive Officer (2003-2017)
Tammerfest Oy, Chief Executive Officer (2007-2013)
Laine Capital Oy, Chief Executive Officer
Bygmestari Oy, Chief Executive Officer
Avemari Oy, Chief Executive Officer
Kax Max Oy, Chief Executive Officer
Champs Invest Oy, Chief Executive Officer

Board memberships
Smile Henkilöstöpalvelut Oyj (2014-2018)
Serves on the board of several subcompanies of NoHo Partners Oyj
Almalex Capital Oy
BM-Invest Oy
Club Staff Oy
Champs Invest Oy
Finland Restaurants Oy
Golf Center Oy
Golf Daddy Oy
Golf Pirkkala Oy
Laine Capital Oy
Premium Staff Oy
Wawe Capital Oy

 

 

CEO and Management Team

Sami Asikainen

Born 1971, Vocational Qualification in Business and Administration

Finnish citizen

VMP’s CEO (2019–)

Work experience

Smile Henkilöstöpalvelut Oyj, CEO (2014-2019)
Wulff Oy Ab, CEO (2011-2014)
Oy Hartwall Ab (1998-2011)

 

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)

 

Jani Suominen

Born 1967, M.Sc., eMBA

Finnish citizen

VMP’s Director of Entrepreneur Services (2019–)

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)

 

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)

 

Tomi Laaksola

Born 1982, Baccalaureate of Sc. (Econ.)
Finnish citizen

VMP’s Director of Staffing Services (2019–)

Work experience

Jobio Corp., Business Director, founding member (2006-2018)
9ine Consulting Oy, entrepreneur (2010-)

Board memberships

Oy Sailer Researc & Development Ltd, 2017-
Pilvilampi Software Oy, 2016-
Oy Jobinvest Ltd, 2012-

Laura Santasalo

s 1962, B.Sc. (Econ.)

Finnish citizen

VMP’s, Director of Recruitment and Organizational Development Services  (2019-)

Work Experience:

Corporate Spirit Oy Ltd,  Managing Director, Spirit Designer (2016-)
Talent Vectia Oy, Head of Customer Experience and Sales (2015-2016)
Promenade Research Oy, Managing Director (2010-2015)
Hunting Minds Oy, Managing Director, partner (2006-2010)
Oy Silja Ab, Vice President, Concept Development (2004-2006)
Radiolinja Oy, Vice President, Personal Communications Business (1999-2004)
Tecnomen Plc, Director, Business Development and Marketing (1997-1999)
Telecom Finland Oy, Export Director (1990-1997)

Hanna Lehto

Born 1984, M.A.
Finnish citizen

VMP´s CCO, CMO (2019-)

Work experience

Smile Henkilöstöpalvelut Oyj, CCO & CMO (2018-)
Smile Henkilöstöpalvelut Oyj, (2017-)
Tampereen Ritarihuone Oy, Project Manager (2016)
Tekonivelsairaala Coxa Oy, Planner (2010-2016)