These are our people. We’re all dedicated to making a real difference to the way the world works.
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."
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.
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."
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.”
Pentti leads the project development of Ilmatar and is an active spokesperson for the company. During his time in the wind industry, he's gained wide-ranging experience in ABB, ENERCON and Ilmatar Windpower. Pentti kick-started his career as an Energy Ambassador, where he represented Finland's biggest energy technology companies around the world.
As well as being focused on finding new project opportunities, either through green field development or through project acquisitions, he keeps things moving in the existing project portfolio. This involves project management, local stakeholder dialogue, PR and techno-economic planning.
He is also passionate about promoting wind power and is the Chairman of the Finnish Wind Power Association’s Future Committee, which includes Finnish wind industry leaders and researchers. Thanks to this position, he's able to stay at the cutting edge of the latest technology advancements and market developments. This also helps with his aspiration to be a central figure in Finland's on-going transition to renewable energy.
Head of Project Development
Passionate about renewable energy, Noora holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Energy and Environmental Technology. At present, she is studying a masters degree in sustainable energy systems at Aalto University. Since 2015, she has worked on various energy production and distribution-related projects and currently works on her masters thesis at Ilmatar.
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."
Veli is responsible for financial management, reporting, modeling and transactions. He's worked with wind power his entire career, giving him a remarkable knowledge of the field. In this time, he's helped numerous Finnish wind power developers with his expertise. In his previous role as a Senior Analyst at KPMG’s Corporate Finance team, he also advised international investors on their wind transactions.
In addition to this, Veli is a Certified Electricity Trader and holds a master’s degree from the Aalto University School of Business, majoring in finance and minoring in accounting.
He relishes being part of Ilmatar because "It's inspiring to build solutions that structurally change the way energy is being produced."
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."
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."
With over a decade of experience in local and international companies, Neea is responsible for providing financial information to the management at Ilmatar. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in service business management from the Laurea University of Applied Sciences.
She says she enjoys working for Ilmatar because “It’s great to work with a company that takes part in clean and safe energy production. For me, a sustainable lifestyle is important, and it’s good to keep in mind that even with small everyday choices we can make an impact on environmentally friendly living.“
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.
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 and Marketing
With over 20 years of experience in marketing, account management, digital business and media, Mari develops exceptional relationships with clients to provide sustainable business solutions. She is responsible for business development, as well as marketing and media communications. Mari also holds a Master of Business Administration from Aalto University.
Regarding why she joined IImatar, she says, "It's great to market clean windpower being constructed in Finland. I truly feel the work I do makes a difference on a larger scale."
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."
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."
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.
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