The current Board of Directors was elected at the Company's last Annual General Meeting in March 2015. The members are Kaisa Olkkonen, Timo Syrjälä, Tatu Ylönen, Jukka Manner and Harri Koponen.

Kaisa Olkkonen was elected as the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Board Charter was approved by the company's Board of Directors on February 8, 2016. The Board of Directors will update and change the rules as required.

SSH Communications Security Board Members

Kaisa Olkkonen

Kaisa Olkkonen,

Board Chairman

  • Chairman of the Board since 2016
  • Board of Directors at Cargotec Oyj
  • Board of Directors at Enfo Oyj

Kaisa Olkkonen is an experienced leader and expert in international business, legal matters, intellectual property, and digitalization. She has led international and diverse expert teams through changes and transitions. Her international career has taken her on expatriate assignments in Sweden, Singapore, and Belgium. Prior to joining the Board of SSH Communications Security, she held multiple executive positions at the Nokia Corporation.

Kaisa holds a Master of Law degree from Helsinki University. 

Timo  Syrjälä

Timo Syrjälä,

Board Member

  • Chairman of the Board Maijos Oy 

  • Board member since 2014

Timo Syrjälä has more than 30 years of experience in capital markets and has spent the last 10 years as a private investor and a non-executive director in several firms. Prior to joining the Board of SSH Communications Security, he served on the Boards of several leading technology firms including Stonesoft and Efore. Earlier in his career, Timo held executive and managerial positions in management consulting, asset management and investment banking in Finland.

Timo has a Master of Science degree from Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration (now called Aalto University).


Tatu Ylönen

Tatu Ylönen,

Board Member

  • Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of SSH Communications Security
  • Board member since 1995

While working as a researcher at Helsinki University of Technology, Tatu Ylönen began working on a solution to combat a password-sniffing attack that targeted the university's networks. What resulted was the development of the Secure Shell (SSH), a security technology that would quickly replace vulnerable rlogin, TELNET, and rsh protocols as the gold-standard for data-in-transit security.

Tatu has been a key driver in the emergence of security technology including SSH & SFTP protocols and co-author of globally recognized IETF standards. He has been with SSH Communications Security since its inception in 1995 holding various roles including CEO and CTO and as a Board Member.

In October 2011, Tatu returned as the Chief Executive Officer of SSH Communications Security, bringing his exceptional experience as a security innovator to the company's product line. In October 2014, he changed to the role of Chief Innovation Officer in order to be able to focus more on the technology-side of the business. In this role, he is responsible for selected new product concepts, the company's intellectual property development, and various other strategic initiatives.

Tatu holds a Master of Science degree from Aalto University, Finland.

Jukka Manner

Jukka Manner,

Board Member

  • Professor of Networking Technology, Aalto University
  • Co-Founder, CTO and Chairman of the Board, Kaista Networks Ltd.
  • Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board, Viesti Networks Ltd.

Jukka Manner has more than 15 years of experience in networking, software engineering and distributed systems. He has contributed to standardization of Internet technologies in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) since 1999. He has been principal investigator and project manager for over 25 national and international research projects and has authored over 100 publications, including eleven IETF standards. Prior to joining the Board of SSH Communications Security, he served on the Board of Stonesoft. He has been nominated by Tietoviikko magazine among the 100 most influential people in ICT in Finland yearly since 2010.

Jukka has a Ph.D. degree from the University of Helsinki (Computer Science).

Harri Koponen

Harri Koponen,

Board Member

  • Board member since 2016
Harri was the CEO of SSH Communications Security from October 2014 to February 2016.  Before that, Harri was the CEO of NPTV, a cloud based interactive TV software company, board member at Stonesoft (acquired by McAfee), and the COO of Rovio Entertainment. He has served as the President and CEO of major telecommunications companies such as Sonera, Wataniya, and Tele2, and held key positions at Sony Ericsson (North and Central America) and Ericsson Consumer Products (North America).  Harri's executive career in telecommunications reaches back to the early 1990s.
Harri holds an eMBA from University of Helsinki and Aalto University and is Dr.Econ (h.c.) from University of Jyväskylä.