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
Vice President Projects
Vice President Construction
Head of Asset Management
Head of Sales, Electricity
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
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."
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.
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
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
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."
As a project engineer, Lauri is responsible for the technical implementation of projects, project management and project contract management. Before joining Ilmatar, Lauri has worked in project development at TuuliSaimaa, as a supervisor at Gasum responsible for the coordination of Helsinki city center distribution network maintenance team and also as a worksite supervisor at Maanrakennusliike Pusku.
Lauri is a mechanical and production engineer specialized in energy and environmental engineering. He is currently completing his master’s thesis in energy systems engineering at the Lappeenranta University of Technology.
”Thanks to my work experience and studies, I’ve become more and more interested in renewable energy. At Ilmatar, I get to work for a more sustainable and cleaner 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.
Harri works as a Construction Engineer in Ilmatar’s wind power projects. He is also responsible for developing the quality system of our project department as well as for maintaining our quality documentation.
Prior to joining Ilmatar, Harri has worked in wind farm project management and as a Construction Site Supervisor. He also has experience of working as an entrepreneur 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.”
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."
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."
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."
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."
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.
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.”
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.”