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Management

General Management Team

Tatu Ylönen

Tatu Ylönen,

Chief Executive Officer

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, CTO and as a Board Member.

In October 2011 Tatu returned as Chief Executive Officer of SSH Communications Security, bringing his exceptional experience as a security innovator to the company's product line. He is charting an exciting new course for the future of the space that he invented.

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

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Matthew McKenna

Matthew McKenna,

Chief Operating Officer

Matthew brings over 10 years of high technology sales, marketing and management experience to SSH Communications Security and is responsible for all revenue-generating operations. His expertise in strategically delivering technology solutions that anticipate the marketplace has helped the company become a market leader.

Prior to joining the company, Matthew served as a member of the executive management team of Automaster Oyj which was successfully acquired by ADP Dealer Services Nordic. Before this, Matthew played professional soccer in Germany and Finland.

Matthew holds a BA in German from the University of South Carolina and an MBA from the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration.

Jyrki Lalla

Jyrki Lalla,

Chief Financial Officer

Jyrki is responsible for financial management, treasury, human resources, corporate development and corporate governance. He also acts as secretary to the board of directors.

Prior to joining the company in February 2012, Jyrki held several senior financial management positions at Nokia Corporation and Nokia Siemens Networks in Finland, Italy, Great Britain and Germany.

Jyrki has headed finance and control for global software and service businesses in Europe, Middle-East and Africa. He has gained extensive experience in ramping up international operations in high growth organizations with specific responsibilities for functional areas such as acquisitions, divestments, outsourcing and mergers.

Jyrki has a Master of Science degree from Turku School of Economics and Business Administration, Finland and further studies in finance from Hanken School of Economics.

Antti Huima

Antti Huima,

CTO & Vice President, Engineering

Antti heads the company’s global R&D and directs the company’s technology strategy. He has nearly twenty years of experience in the software industry with extensive experience in information security, cryptography, software quality assurance and theoretical computer science. Prior to joining the company, Antti served as CEO at Conformiq, a Silicon Valley based software test design automation company.

Before joining Confmiq, Antti was Research Manager at SSH Communications Security leading contribution to the software architecture.  Antti has lectured cryptography, computer security, and theory of testing on university level and has served several academic program committees.

Antti has a Master of Science degree from Aalto University, Finland.

Kalle Jääskeläinen

Kalle Jääskeläinen,

Vice President, Product Management and Services

Kalle has over ten years of experience in information security services, R&D and product management. His technical background and customer facing experience creates an ideal combination for understanding the market and customers’ challenges. In his current role as Vice President of Product Management and Services he is responsible for delivering high performance solutions and services that enable customers to protect their data.

Kalle received his Bachelor of Science from the Vantaa Institute of Technology, Finland where he specialized in Telecommunication and Computer networks and carries a CISSP certification.

Sami Ahvenniemi

Sami Ahvenniemi,

CEO, Americas

Sami heads the company’s operations across the Americas. A seasoned business executive and former venture capitalist, Sami brings over 15 years of experience leading high technology companies as CEO, board member and investor. Prior to joining the company, Sami was a partner and co-founder at Conor Venture Partners where he led investments into and served on the board of number of leading technology companies including Neo Technology, Sensinode and Behaviometrics. Prior to that Sami held a number of executive level positions in sales and product management at SSH Communications Security and was the founding CEO of the company’s Americas division.

Sami has a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from Aalto University.

Mika Lauhde

Mika Lauhde,

VP, Government Relations and Business Development

Mika is responsible for Government Relations and Business Development. Prior to joining SSH Communications Security, Mika headed the Business Security and Continuity in Nokia Corporation where he was responsible for government relations in the IT security space.

Mika has extensive experience in security related topics and governmental institutions both in Europe and the USA. Currently, he is a member of ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency) Permanent Stakeholder Group, the European Cyber Security Research Center, and the Finnish Government Cyber Security working group.

Mika received his Bachelor of Science in Automation and Graphical Industry from the Vantaa Institute of Technology, Finland, and has a Master of Engineering degree in Electronics from Hochschule Osnabrück, Germany.

Erkki Yli-Juuti

Erkki Yli-Juuti,

Vice President, Intellectual Property

Erkki's role involves overseeing the company's considerable intellectual property portfolio and its related management policies. He brings to this role extensive experience in the areas of patent portfolio strategy and intellectual property licensing.

Erkki previously held responsibility for product roadmap, standardization strategy and IPR at mobile company Renesas Mobile, now wholly owned by Broadcom Communications, a manufacturer of networking and communications ICs for data, voice, and video applications. Erkki is also an alumnus of Nokia, where he held various positions in IPR and strategic management.

Erkki has a Master of Science degree in Applied Physics and a Licentiate in Applied Mathematics from Aalto University, Finland.

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Tommi Lampila

Tommi Lampila,

Vice President, APAC

Tommi serves as Vice President, APAC and is responsible for sales, business development and channel operations for the region. During his 12 years at the company, Tommi has worked as a product manager for multiple network encryption, authentication, and security management solutions. Prior to SSH Communications Security, Tommi was an Information Management Engineer at Rautaruukki, a large Finnish steel corporation.

He has an masters degree in engineering from the Tampere University of Technology, Finland and carries a CISSP certification.

Jason Thompson

Jason Thompson,

Director of Global Marketing

Jason serves as Director of Global Marketing and is responsible for all analyst & public relations, demand-generation and sales development. He brings over 10 years of experience in early stage and hyper-growth companies.

Prior to joining the company, he led digital marketing at Q1 Labs, a market leading SIEM provider, where he helped build awareness around security intelligence. Earlier in his career, Jason served as Marketing Communications Director at Building Engines, a leading SaaS building operations management vendor, Marketing Communications Manager at endoluminal device maker EndoGastric Solutions and in an investor relations capacity at Impact Capital/LISC that led to a successful $17.5 million investment round. Jason began his career working in the Colorado State House as a legislative assistant and in Washington, DC on a number of projects funded by the newly formed Department of Homeland Security.

Jason holds a BA from Colorado State University and an MA from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

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Joe Scaff

Joe Scaff,

Director of Global Customer Services

Joe serves as Director of Global Customer Services and is responsible for managing of global technical sales, support, professional services teams and customer projects. He brings over 10 years of experience in tnformation technology, including seven years in the information security technology and network communications industry. He has a strong technical background enabling him to deliver strategic solutions to Fortune 500 customers. As Director of Global Customer Services he manages a global high performance and advanced technical team providing large organizations with solutions that meet their security and regulatory needs.

Earlier, he served as a project technical lead and developer for Harvard Pilgrim and Perot Systems focusing on the healthcare industry.

Joe received his Bachelor of Computer Science from Wentworth Institute Of Technology in Boston, MA.

Jonathan Lewis

Jonathan Lewis,

Director of Product Marketing

Jonathan Lewis serves as director of product marketing at SSH Communications Security where he is focused on raising industry awareness of risk and compliance issues of unmanaged Secure Shell identities. Jonathan has over 15 years of experience in the IT security industry, having held product management and product marketing positions at Nortel, Arbor Networks, Compaq and Digital Equipment Corporation. He has led the launch of numerous security products including IPsec and SSL VPNs, end point security products and firewalls. 

Jonathan holds a BS and MS from McGill University as well as an MBA from Bentley University.

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