Executive Management Team

Harri Koponen

Harri Koponen,

Chief Executive Officer

Harri brings extensive experience from the technology sector to SSH Communications Security together with strong skills in operations, sales, and in leading companies and organizations.

Prior to joining the company, Harri was the CEO of NPTV, a cloud-based interactive TV software company, board member at Stonesoft (a security software company that was acquired by McAfee), and prior to that the COO of Rovio Entertainment, creating the global merchandising and licensing business of their Angry Birds brand.

Harri has a vast global network in industry and government having been President and CEO of three major telecommunications companies, Sonera (Finland), Wataniya (Kuwait), and Tele2 (Sweden). He has also lived in the United States for several years serving as Managing Director of Sony Ericsson (North and Central America) and Head of Ericsson Consumer Products Division for North America. Prior to that, he worked as the global account executive for AirTouch, Vodafone, and Sonera at Ericsson, and in the early 1990s ran HP's telecom global sales for Sonera.

Harri holds an eMBA from the University of Helsinki and has Ph.D. h.c. (Economics) from the University of Jyväskylä.

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.

Tatu Ylönen

Tatu Ylönen,

Chief Operating Officer

Tatu is responsible for the company’s global operations. After founding SSH Communications Security in 1995, he grew the company to $20 million in sales and 190 employees in five years, and led the company to a public listing on NASDAQ OMX Nordicin 2000. He is an experienced entrepreneur with significant technical achievements:

  • Developed the SSH (Secure Shell) protocol for secure remote access and SFTP for file transfers.
  • Implemented the original free SSH client and server, which later became OpenSSH.
  • Developed patented NAT Traversal technology, which is now included in most major smartphones, computers, and 3G/4G telecom equipment.

Tatu has authored several IETF standards and NIST IR 7966, and is the inventor in 30+ US and international patents, including several essential patents on major telecommunications standards. Prior to his current role as Chief Operating Officer, Tatu has held various roles including CEO and CTO, and is also a Board Member at the company

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

Matthew McKenna

Matthew McKenna,

Chief Commercial 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 ADP Dealer Services Nordic and Automaster Oy, where he was responsible for international channel operations and manufacturer relations. In addition, he was responsible for key accounts including Mercedes Benz, General Motors, and Scania CV. Before this, Matthew played professional soccer in Germany and Finland.

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

Markku Rossi

Markku Rossi,

Chief Technology Officer

Markku brings close to 25 years of software engineering and architecture experience to the company, is responsible for the global R&D and directs the company’s technology strategy. Markku has extensive knowledge and experience with SSH Communications Security products, having served the company from 1998 through 2005 as a Chief Engineer, leading the contribution to the SSH software architecture. Prior to re-joining the company in 2015, Markku founded several companies such as Codento and ShopAdvisor, served as CTO at Navicore, Chief Architect at Nokia, and is currently member of the board at Codento and partner at Prominda Revolution.

Markku holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the Helsinki University of Technology (Aalto University) in Finland.

Extended Management Team

Markku Karppi

Markku Karppi,

General Counsel

Markku brings 10 years of experience in international commercial and corporate law with strong business problem solving capability and is responsible for the company´s legal operations globally as the General Counsel.

Prior to joining SSH, Markku has acted as in-house counsel for international organizations as well as in attorneys-at-law offices. Since joining SSH in 2010, Markku has held several legal and commercial positions with increasing responsibility and has been one of the key players in channel building for SSH products and in acquiring new major global customers and deals for SSH products.

Markku holds a Master of Law degree from Helsinki University and LL.M.Eur degree from University of Stockholm.

Kalle Jääskeläinen

Kalle Jääskeläinen,

Vice President, Solutions 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 Solution 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.

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.

Mika Lauhde

Mika Lauhde,

Vice President, Government Relations

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.