The current Board of Directors was elected at the Company's last Annual General Meeting in March 2013. The members are Päivi Hautamäki, Sami Ahvenniemi and Tatu Ylönen.
At the organizing meeting of the Board of Directors following the 2013 Annual General Meeting, Sami Ahvenniemi was the Chairman of the Board of Directors until 31 July 2013. From 1 August 2013 onwards, Päivi Hautamäki was elected as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Sami Ahvenniemi continues on the Board of Directors.
General Counsel at Eltel Group
Board member since 2012
Chairman of the Board 2012-2013
Päivi Hautamäki has extensive experience of more than 15 years in energy, IT and industry field. She is the General Counsel at Eltel Group. Prior to joining the company in 2012, she was the General Counsel at F-Secure Corporation, an anti-virus and computer security and computer software company, the Legal Counsel at Fortum Oyj, a Finnish energy company, and the General Counsel at Winwind Ltd, a wind turbine manufacturer. She is also a member of the IPR committee of the Board of Central Chamber of Commerce in Finland and a Member of the Board of Finnish Industrial Lawyers.
Päivi has a Master of Law degree from Helsinki University.
Head of the North and South America, SSH Communications Security
Board member since 2012
Sami Ahvenniemi heads SSH’s operations in North and South America and is a member of the Group Management Team. Sami has over 15 year experience in working with technology companies having held executive positions both in Finland and in the United States. Prior to re-joining SSH, Sami worked as Co-Founder & Partner at Conor Venture Partners, an early stage Nordic technology venture capital company. Prior to starting his venture career in 2002, he held several executive positions at SSH Communications Security Corporation between 1998 and 2002 and was among other positions the first founding CEO of its operation in the USA in 1998.
Sami has a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from Aalto University School of Science and Technology.
SSH Communications Security Corporation, major shareholder
Board member since 1995
Tatu Ylönen has established and led several companies prior to SSH Communications Security Corporation. These include New Generation Software (NGS) Ltd. in 1988 and Applied Computing Research (ACR) Ltd. in 1994. He is an internationally respected network security expert, and has made key industry contributions to data security standardization.
In 1995, Tatu invented Secure Shell (SSH) for secure remote access. Since that time, Secure Shell has become a pervasive network data security standard used across the Internet and in enterprise networks.
Tatu graduated in 1992 from Helsinki University of Technology with a Master of Science degree in Technology, and a major in Computer Sciences. He also holds a Licentiate of Technology diploma from Helsinki University of Technology.
He is a member of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), the AFCEA (Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association) and ACL (Association for Computational Linguistics). He has authored several articles in national and international journals and periodicals.