These are our people. We’re all dedicated to making a real difference to the way the world works.
Juha has long experience managing and developing growth companies and in addition he has long experience in finance and mergers and acquisitions. In the beginning of his career Juha worked as an attorney at law and legal expert advising clients in issues related to finance. Recently he has worked as a CFO and CEO of a fast growing software Company . The last 12 years of his career he was CEO and Investement Director of Panostaja Plc, a publicly listed private equity Company.
Juha has Masters of Law from Helsinki University and M.Sc. from Boston University (Brussels). He has experience in running a publicly listed Company both as a CEO and as a Board member. He is member of the Board of Finnish Chambers of Commerce.
”Windpower as an industry is growing and developing fast and at the same time it offers one solution to solving the climate issues. The experience and know-how of Ilmatar can be taken to take next level and that is in many ways meaninful goal. The growing interest of the investors towards the renewables adds to the dynamics of windpower industry” Juha thinks.
It is important for Juha that the work has purpose. In Ilmatar this purpose is clear in everyday operations. For Juha nature and enjoying nature has always been an important part of his free time and in his role as the CEO of Ilmatar he feels he is working for preserving thatt nature for future generations.
Chief Executive Officer
Erkka has been involved in the wind industry and other renewable projects for over a decade. In addition to his responsibilities as a CEO, he is focused on project development, feasibility and execution. He's also been heavily involved in mergers and acquisitions and related matters such as due diligence. Well-versed in international cooperation and managing complex initiatives, his hands-on experience in every aspect of renewable energy projects gives him the skills to focus on the essentials.
Prior to joining Ilmatar in 2012, Erkka gained extensive experience in energy technology and project management through various energy-related projects ranging from R&D to power plant and wind turbine procurement and deliveries.
Erkka holds a master’s degree in energy technology from the Lappeenranta University of Technology. In connection to that, he spent a year in RWTH Aachen in Germany. He is also an IPMA C-certified Project Manager.
In addition, Erkka is the Chairman of the Finnish Windpower Association’s committee for the promotion of the industry’s interests.
Regarding what motivates Erkka to drive Ilmatar forward, he says "My faith in the possibilities of renewable energy already inspired my choice of study. Now, Ilmatar provides me with a concrete opportunity to use my knowledge to expand the use of renewable energy production."
Vice President Projects
As a project development manager, Petri focuses especially on fine-tuning and finalizing Ilmatar’s wind power projects for investment and construction decisions.
Petri holds a Master's degree in power systems engineering from the Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering and has worked extensively in wind power project development and technical design since 2013. Prior to joining Ilmatar, Petri worked as a wind power specialist at Metsähallitus and as a technical consultant at the consulting and engineering company Pöyry.
“I am especially motivated by the professionalism and innovativeness of the people at Ilmatar. Wind power will play an important role in the energy system of the future, and it is great to work for one of the biggest frontrunners of the industry.”
Project Development Manager
Jani is responsible for the commercial development and structuring of new wind projects. He is driving deal execution forward together with different stakeholders in order to secure positive investment decisions.
Prior to joining Ilmatar Jani has worked with IPP project development at Wärtsilä based out of Singapore and Helsinki, mainly focusing on deal origination and execution in Southeast Asia. He has been responsible for structuring, contracting and investing in project financed power deals while working closely with international project developers and sponsors. Jani also has a background in mergers, acquisitions and management consulting. Jani graduated with a master’s degree in finance from Aalto University School of Business.
At Ilmatar Jani has the opportunity to work at the forefront of the energy transition in Finland. According to Jani “Wind power is the cheapest form of new power generation in Finland, which creates an exciting opportunity to electrify and decarbonize the energy system.”
Commercial Project Manager
Lauri works as a project development manager, and he is responsible for preparing wind farm projects all the way from early-stage development until the construction phase taking part in the full project development cycle. His work is guided by understanding and taking into account the various stakeholders involved in developing wind farm projects and effective and clear communication at all stages of the projects.
Lauri holds two master's degrees in Planning Geography and Business. Before joining Ilmatar, Lauri has worked as a Regional Development Specialist and Project Manager at the FCG Finnish Consulting Group Ltd.
“For me, Ilmatar represents a forerunner in domestic renewable energy production, whose values and responsible operating model make it easy to stand behind and work together towards a sustainable future”.
Project Development Manager
Tuula works as a Land Manager at Ilmatar, and she is responsible especially for land lease agreements and private roads. Tuula enjoys working with legislation and land management. Before joining Ilmatar, Tuula has worked in various land management positions at YIT Finland Ltd and Senate Properties. Tuula has graduated with a degree of M.Sc. (Surveying) from the Helsinki University of Technology.
Working with wind power is meaningful and inspiring for Tuula. She says, "At Ilmatar, I feel that I am doing my part for a cleaner future and making a difference by furthering renewable energy."
Passionate about renewable energy, Noora holds a Master of Science (Technology) degree in sustainable energy systems and markets by Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering. She has worked on various energy production and distribution-related projects since 2015 and completed her master’s thesis at Ilmatar. Currently, Noora is working on Ilmatar’s projects, taking part in the full project development cycle from the early footsteps until the construction phase.
She says she's happy to be part of the company because "Ilmatar represents the values that are most important to me. I am especially thrilled by Ilmatar’s enthusiastic, open-minded atmosphere and passion to fight for a more sustainable future."
Mikko has nearly two decades of experience in the energy industry. Using his vast knowledge of project management and design, he currently oversees the execution of Ilmatar’s renewables projects, focusing on construction-related activities from turbine and balance of plant procurement, to overseeing commercial operations.
Mikko has worked on many projects and was involved in building the first complete TCM service portfolio in Finland, which established Ilmatar as a renowned service provider amongst international wind farm owners and investors. Before this, Mikko worked on the design aspect of the construction of the Latamäki project in Luhanka, Finland’s first non-recourse project finance wind farm.
Mikko has also been a board member of Nordiska Handel Oy since 2008 and has been its CEO since 2010. Additionally, he is Chairman of KKM, an energy manufacturing company, which develops power compensation systems for transmission companies and wind farms.
Mikko says about his role, ”It gives me great pleasure to be able to work in an industry that actively seeks ways to tackle the biggest challenges humanity has ever encountered.”
Vice President Construction
Petri has worked in various roles in the energy industry for the past ten years. At Ilmatar, he calls upon his wealth of engineering knowledge when overseeing the construction of wind farms. On top of his professional experience in sourcing, project execution and engineering, Petri holds a bachelor's degree in machine automation from the Oulu University of Applied Sciences.
For him, “Building together” sums up why he's so driven to succeed at Ilmatar.
Head of Construction
Lauri works with M&A transactions, financial modeling, reporting and financial management. Prior to joining Ilmatar, he worked as a Management Consulting Analyst at KPMG, Investment Analyst at Finnish Industry Investment and Equity Analyst at Evli Bank.
Lauri holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Lappeenranta University of Technology with a major in finance. He'll soon graduate as a Master of Science in Economics from Aalto University School of Business with a major in innovation management and entrepreneurship.
His enthusiasm for IImatar is both professional and personal. "Environmental issues and sustainable development thinking are becoming increasingly important in today's world and in my own life, too," he says. "At Ilmatar, I can influence these issues by helping solve related challenges, while working for a better future for all."
Highly experienced in project management, Petter is responsible for the analysis of project acquisitions and the preparation of investment proposals. Prior to joining Ilmatar, Petter worked for energy utility UPM Energy and power plant equipment supplier Wärtsilä. On top of his 15 years of experience in the energy industry, he holds a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Åbo Akademi and an MBA from the University of Warwick.
When it comes to his reasons for joining, he says "Working for Ilmatar provides me an opportunity to work on challenging projects and to be part of the transition to renewable energy."
Niklas works as a project manager at Ilmatar. He is responsible for the preparation and implementation of renewable energy construction projects together with the construction organisation. Previously, Niklas has worked as a service manager at Rejlers Finland, as an expert at the main grid company Fingrid and as a project manager at energy company Fortum. Niklas has over 10 years of extensive experience in the field of energy and has a master's degree in electrical power engineering.
"At Ilmatar, I am motivated by the opportunity to work in a renewable energy observation post and the opportunity to be involved in making a cleaner energy system and the world for future generation."
Harri works as a Construction Manager in Ilmatar’s wind power projects. Before joining Ilmatar, Harri has worked in wind farm project management and as a Construction Site Supervisor with 20 years of broad experience in the construction and industrial sectors. Harri holds a degree in both civil and construction engineering as well as in mechanical and production engineering
“Ilmatar represents the values that I want to support in my work. It’s great to get to be a part of building modern wind farms for a cleaner future.”
Sales and Marketing
With over three decades of experience in international business management, development and procurement, whereof over 10 years in the electricity industry, Tapio oversees Ilmatar's general business development and new opportunities. Prior joining Ilmatar he worked and was a management shareholder for over a decade at Eltel Group Ltd, a privately held company which grew from 170 Meur (2001) to 1.255 Meur (2015) in net sales and was stock listed at Nasdaq Stockholm 2015. In addition, Tapio has worked at Valmet Factory Automation, Metso Minerals and as a CEO at Oy RemaControl Ab.
Tapio earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Tampere University of Applied Sciences. He has also studied at the International Institute for Management Development in Switzerland, The Robert H Smith School of Business in the United States, and holds an eMBA in international business.
Tapio's motivation for working for Ilmatar is clear. 'For me, wind power means endless clean energy. It doesn’t create particles in the air we breathe, nor does it leave a repository problem for future generations,' he says. 'Working for Ilmatar is my personal legacy for next generations'.
Head of Sales, Electricity
Jarmo oversees sales development. In addition to a bachelor's degree in business administration and marketing from HELIA, he has more than 20 years of experience in sales and sales management for both B2B and B2C customers. Prior to joining Ilmatar, he worked as sales director for the smart energy start-up OptiWatti as well as performed sales roles at Posti Oyj and Sanoma Oyj. He says he enjoys working at Ilmatar because "I want to help our customers succeed by making the most of sustainability and energy efficiency."
Niko works as a Key Account Manager in Ilmatar. Before joining Ilmatar, he has worked in different sales roles in the power sector. Niko holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Karelia University of Applied Sciences with a major in Financial Management. He has also completed a Certified Power Trader-license organized by Adato, Nord Pool, and Nasdaq. He enjoys mountain biking, classic powerlifting, and ice swimming in his spare time.
Niko is proud to work at Ilmatar, which invests in clean and affordable energy production. Regarding his reasons for joining Ilmatar, ”Annual wind power production in Finland has doubled in the last few years. It is amazing to be involved in making the growth story of Ilmatar and help customers make choices that support sustainable development.”
Key Account Manager
Mikko uses his vast experience in the energy markets to look after our trading activities. Before joining Ilmatar, he worked for 15 years for major players in the European power sector. These included Fortum, E.ON, Uniper and UPM. Mikko’s key areas of expertise include market analysis, portfolio management and trading.
He holds a Master of Science degree in Technology from Aalto University.
He believes wind power is a game-changer in the Nordic power market. "In my role at Ilmatar, I can combine my passion for energy trading with wind power, and be at the heart of this market change."
Heikki has graduated from the University of Helsinki, majoring in mathematics. After graduation, he worked as a mathematics and physics teacher which taught him to have better understanding about different viewpoints on difficult problems. Later, he has resumed studies at Aalto University, majoring in sustainable energy systems and markets. At Ilmatar he works with market analysis, trading and portfolio management.
Heikki started working at Ilmatar in autumn 2020 doing his second master’s thesis about using mathematical optimization modelling.” At Ilmatar I get to use my diverse set of skills to see a more sustainable and cleaner future to come true.”
Energy Market Analyst
As Ilmatar’s CFO, Joonas is responsible for developing the finance function and securing long- and short-term financing to support the company’s growth. His expertise is also utilized in the financing of new wind power projects.
Joonas joined Ilmatar from Delete Group, where he worked as a CFO for several years. Previously, he has also worked for Eltel Networks and Wärtsilä. Joonas has a master's degree in economics from Hanken School of Economics. According to Joonas, the development and outlook for the wind power industry is fascinating. At Ilmatar Joonas is excited about the highly talented team, who are committed to building a greener Finland together.
"As society and industry become more dependent on electricity, the need for clean energy will increase significantly. Building additional domestic wind power will play a key role in Finland's pursuit of carbon neutrality by 2035."
Chief Financial Officer
Pyry is responsible for supporting transactions, modelling and business analysis. Prior to joining Ilmatar in 2019, he worked for over three years at MCF Corporate Finance in Helsinki and London where he was involved in multiple energy-related agreements. He has a master’s degree from the Aalto University School of Business majoring in finance and minoring in economics.
Regarding his reasons for joining Ilmatar, he says "Working here means I can help create a greener and more sustainable future. I find this goal really motivating and meaningful."
At Ilmatar, Mikko is responsible for accounts payables and receivables and assisting accounting tasks. He has a degree in business administration from the South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences. He has vast experience in HR and accounting, including billing, ledgers, employer branding and recruitment assistance.
Mikko finds working at Ilmatar motivating, meaningful and interesting. “Together, we’re building a better future based upon renewable energy,” he says.
Legal, HR and sustainability
Anna-Maria is Ilmatar’s in-house counsel and is responsible for the group’s various legal matters and contract portfolio. Anna-Maria has over 20 years of experience as an in-house counsel and attorney. Prior to joining Ilmatar Anna-Maria has worked with, for example, Innofactor Plc, Siemens Osakeyhtiö and Castrén & Snellman, Attorneys Ltd. Anna-Maria has special expertise on complex energy and wind power related projects and administration of private and publicly listed Finnish limited liability companies.
Anna-Maria holds a master’s degree in law from Helsinki University, has completed studies at Texas Tech Law School and has trained on the bench.
Anna-Maria has a passion for contracts and deems that a TSA (Turbine Supply Agreement) is a great summary of everything one must know of contract law. As the mother of three young adults/teenagers, Anna-Maria is proud to be working for the wind industry and making a difference for the next generations.
Sari is responsible for internal and external communications with the diverse range of interest groups we deal with. With extensive experience in domestic and international human resources as well as a background in the energy industry, Sari has developed a deep understanding of factors that affect the development and operation of wind farms.
For Sari, working at Ilmatar brings many benefits. “I get to meet people at every stage of the wind farm process: the design, the building, and the operation," she says. "It's wonderfully rewarding to experience this journey with people and see how these projects can empower the local community, create employment and produce clean energy.”
Manager, Communications and Sustainability
Seppo acts as a technical manager at Ilmatar Service Oy. His main responsibility is to continuously monitor wind farm production while maintaining the condition of the wind turbines. He also reports to clients and helps with the construction of projects.
Previously, he worked for several years in design and product development and spent seven years at WinWind Oy. There he gained experience of wind power delivery projects, site operations, and product management and specialisation. He was also involved in developing and piloting the Arctic wind power turbine and the new 3 MW wind turbine.
He enjoys his role at Ilmatar because, as he says, "It's really pleasing to use my experience and my background for Ilmatar Service Oy and our customers. I'm really happy to help ensure our customers’ wind turbines stay in top condition. That's always mine, and Ilmatar Service Oy's, main goal."
Head of Asset Management
Acting as technical specialist or TCM-engineer of the wind parks Henri`s main task is to help the client to achieve the best possible response for investments. Technical and Commercial Management (TCM) of wind farm is the central part of Henri’s expertise. Along with main tasks Henri gives also support for ongoing project development and construction management.
Henri`s educational background consists strongly of electrical engineering. The first examination comes from vocational institute and after that Henri has been graduated to Bachelor of Sciences and Master of Sciences. The latest examination is from Tampere University of Technology where he specialized into Power Systems and Marketing. Previously Henri has been worked as Project Engineer where the main tasks were related to supervision and inspection works focused to power systems and wind turbines. Henri has completed over 200 turbine inspections during his career.
“It is great to work for the employer that gives very interesting and versatile tasks from the modern industry. It has been great to see how wind industry has been progressed in short time and little by little will replace the non-renewable energy production forms”.
Sami acts as a technical specialist or TCM engineer focusing on operation and performance of wind power plants, as well as monitoring their production levels. Additionally he reports to customers and provides assistance in different stages of new wind power projects.
Sami has worked with wind power industry’s service providers from year 2012, in which time he has familiarized himself, among others, with Vestas and Siemens wind turbines. He has wide experience and education-based knowledge of modern wind turbine technology. Prior to joining Ilmatar, Sami worked for Vestas Wind Systems’ service organization, where he held the position of a service technician.
“Joining this innovative team was an easy decision for me, because Ilmatar does valuable and sustainable work for advancing renewable energy in Finland. On top of this I get to utilize and further develop my expertise with these interesting machines.”
Sami acts as a TCM-engineer for Ilmatar Service Ltd. Additionally, he also works as a safety coordinator for Ilmatar Service and supports Ilmatar's client companies' quality systems' development and maintenance.
Before joining Ilmatar, Sami was part of Kemira's sales organization for almost seven years. He worked in various positions to acquire and execute new sales projects at the customer interface in the paper and pulp industry. Sami holds a degree in industrial management from the Lapland University of Applied Sciences. During his studies, he also specialized in mechanical and production engineering.
"For me, it is important to succeed together with the customer. Ilmatar is a great opportunity to be part of building a more sustainable future."