Our team

Our team has decades of experience in various industries, facilities, information technology, welfare, business services and the public sector organizations. We have worked as managers, entrepreneurs, executive professionals as well as in sales, marketing, product development, manufacture, economy and logistics in Finland and around the world. We have learned from successes. We have learned from failures.

Our capability & competence is based on strong practical experience. As business consultants, we also master the method, approach and processes of development.

Experts

Jukka Lassila

CEO
Tel. +358 (0)50 1810

jukka.lassila(at)yrityskehitys.com

Jussi Elimäki

Senior Consultant
Tel. +358 (0)400 604 377

jussi.elimaki(at)yrityskehitys.com

 

Kai Hämäläinen

Senior Advisor
Tel. +358 (0)50 404 0740

kai.hamalainen(at)yrityskehitys.com

Reijo Koivula

Senior Advisor
Tel. +358 (0)40 053 3355

reijo.koivula(at)yrityskehitys.com

Education: Master of Science in Technology, Tampere University of Technology, 2006; software engineering, communications and industrial engineering.

Complementary education: Automation/construction engineer, 1986; teacher’s studies in pedagogy, 2008; Certified Business Coach, 2010

Experience: Engineering, product development, event management, international business and project management, business expertise and leadership fields since 1986

Positions: Design Engineer, maintenance engineer, project manager, sound designer, export manager, branch manager, lecturer, head of degree programme, CEO, entrepreneur

Fields: Event management, manufacturing, education, digitalization, ICT

Expertise: Digital education solutions and export of educational services/products

Detlev Kostyra

General Manager Germany
Tel. +491 726 600 238

detlev.kostyra(at)yrityskehitys.com

After studying business administration in Frankfurt/Main Germany he started his professional experience in Sales & Marketing, later in Managing Positions of German branches, most for international companies: 

Key-Account-Manager for Xerox Corp (US)

Managing Director PanDacom (Central Europe system-integrator, Germany)

Managing Director Central Europe (Netrix, today NSGDatacom, US)

Managing Director Sonera Germany (Finland)

Managing Director Vodafone (UK)

In those years he had the opportunity to establish start-up companies until they reached an EBITDA of 20 Mio Euro, to set up joint ventures and to lead cross-border sales organisations.

After 15 challenging and successful years as General Manager of German branches of international IT and Telco companies, he founded in 2003 his own consulting company Kodas GmbH.

Only by this hands-on experience he gained the expertise to serve his cliends today with qualified consulting and individual solutions including strategy consulting, sales & marketing and establishing a new business in Central Europe. Since that time he is also partner of Venture Development Finland.

Arvo Kukko

Senior Advisor
Tel. +358 (0)400 505 765

arvo.kukko(at)yrityskehitys.com

Master of Science (Technology) 1974 Helsinki University of Technology, data processing and telecommunications technology

Complementary training:  Finnish Institute of Management (LIFIM) long course 1990-1991, IMD Top Management and Sales, Lausanne, Switzerland 1994

Work experience:  From 1974 onwards experience as a researcher, the manager of a network management center, designer and technical manager, production director, director of large customer accounts, managing director in a telecom company, chairmanships and memberships in several boards. Partner and managing director in a telecom start-up company and consultant from 2004 onwards.

Industry experience:  General management, marketing, strategy, telecommunications, ICT- services, consulting

Seppo Laine

Senior Advisor
Tel. +358 (0)50 573 4417

seppo.laine(at)yrityskehitys.com

Education: Master of Economic Sciences, Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration, 1987
 
Complimentary training:
Finnish Institute of Management (LIFIM), long course 1999
Lahti Institute of Design (LAMK) 1997-1999
 
Work experience: From 1985 onwards experience in managerial duties in sales, marketing and product management in addition to general managerial duties in chains of special stores and wholesale trade.
 
Positions: product manager, CCO, CMO, chain director, deputy managing director, CEO, the chairman of the board, entrepreneur
 
Fields: industry, wholesale trade, special trade, fairs, management consulting
 
Expertise: business concepts, the management of change and growth, the field of home furnishing

 

Kari Muhli

Senior Advisor
Tel. +358 400 677 136
kari.muhli(at)yrityskehitys.com

Timo Muttonen

Senior Consultant
Tel. +358 (0)400 514 378

timo.muttonen(at)yrityskehitys.com

Bachelor of Hospitality Management, MBA, Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences
 
Work experience: Expertise in service business, project management and management group work since 1986. In addition, experience in marketing, sales and customer service management. From 2007 onwards, partnerships and business development through own enterprise.
 
Positions: restaurant manager, sales manager, marketing manager, business unit manager, project manager, CEO, entrepreneur
 
Hospitality industry experience: accommodation and catering, organizational activities, wholesale business, retail trade, direct marketing, publishing, online shopping, customer service organizations
 
Expertise: strategic processes, the management of change, mentoring, the development of customer service, the intensification of activity

Leo Potkonen

Senior Advisor
Tel. +358 (0)45 665 8577

leo.potkonen(at)yrityskehitys.com

Master of Science (Technology) 1993, Helsinki University of Technology (Otaniemi), woodworking industry, industrial engineering

ABM Training Program 2013, DiMark development program of digital marketing 2012-2013, CEO training course 2000, GRID- sales training 1998, Griffman 16 1995-1996, ISO 9000 and 14000 Auditor Training 1993-1997

Work experience: the development of industrial and service processes, the advancement of new areas of business, the commercialization of products and services, the establishment of partnerships and cooperative networks. Exhibition, congress and event business. Communication, media relations.

Positions: project engineer, operating engineer, project manager, deputy managing director, CEO, CBO, entrepreneur

Industry experience and expertise: Through event industry, I have gathered experience and built an extensive network in both service and industrial field. After 10 000 events and over 200 fairs I master a vast array of operating models.

Anneli Rosenberg

Financial management & sales
Tel. +358 (0)400 506 634

anneli.rosenberg(at)yrityskehitys.com

Seppo Sneck

Senior Advisor
Tel. +358 (0)400 643 803

seppo.sneck(at)yrityskehitys.com

Marko Sorri

Senior Advisor
Tel. +358 (0)40 585 5238

marko.sorri(at)yrityskehitys.com

Master of Economic Sciences, 2001, University of Jyväskylä, Approved Board Member (ABM)
 
Work experience: From 2001 onwards, I have worked as a consultant and an expert for technology companies; I have been involved in establishing and launching new companies in Finland, U.S.A and in the Middle East. I have also executed mergers and acquisitions.
 
Positions: business development duties, CEO, Internationalization manager, sales and project duties, Internal CFO, board member.
 
Industry experience: Technology companies, ICT, Cleantech, Wellness, Logistic.
 
Expertise: Funding arrangements, companies’ internationalization, business management and the development of board work​.

Hannu Tolvanen

Senior Advisor
Tel. +358 (0)400 642 569

hannu.tolvanen(at)yrityskehitys.com

Mika Tuunanen

Senior Advisor
Tel. +358 (0)40 504 6344

mika.tuunanen(at)yrityskehitys.com

Education: D.Sc. (Econ.), Docent, Economic Sciences, University of Jyväskylä

Experience: 15 years as an entrepreneur in multiple firms, and 20 years of experience in entrepreneur analysis and teaching

Expertise: Early-stage business, business planning, strategy processes, business cooperating and related legal agreements, franchising, entrepreneurial-driven distribution channels, entrepreneurial personality. Cleantech and the bio sector - waste management, waste to energy, renewable energy, thermochemial conversion processes for biomass

Jukka Valkonen

Senior Advisor
Tel. +358 (0)400 245 254

jukka.valkonen(at)yrityskehitys.com

Ville Viljanmaa

Product Manager
Tel. +358 (0)40 729 3342

ville.viljanmaa(at)yrityskehitys.com

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