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Board of Directors

Jukka Manner - Chairman of the Board

Jukka Manner

Jukka Manner is Professor of Networking Technology at Aalto University. He has more than 20 years of experience in networking, software engineering, and distributed systems. He has contributed to the standardization of Internet technologies in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) since 1999.

Jukka 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 SSH, he served on the Board of Stonesoft (acquired by Intel/McAfee). He has received the Cross of Merit, Signals, and the Medal for Military Merits for his contributions in national defence and C4. He holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Helsinki (Computer Science).

Petri Kuivala - Board Member


Petri Kuivala is an experienced international leader who currently works as a Chief Information Security Officer of NXP Semiconductors, which is a world leading provider of security and automotive semiconductor solutions. Prior to NXP he was member of Microsoft Global Security management team and prior to that worked almost 14-years with different Security leadership positions at Nokia Corporation, including as CISO and CSO. Prior to joining Nokia, Petri worked for the Helsinki Police department, and was a founding member of the Helsinki Criminal Police IT investigations department.

Tatu Ylönen - Board Member

Tatu Ylönen

Tatu Ylönen founded SSH Communications Security, 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 Nordic in 2000. He is an experienced entrepreneur and the original inventor of SSH (Secure Shell). For more information, see his personal page.

He has held various roles in the company throughout the years, including CEO, CTO, and Chief Innovation Officer. He is also the largest shareholder of the company. He holds a Master of Science degree from Aalto University.

Ari Vänttinen - Board Member

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Ari Vänttinen is an experienced leader in international B2B marketing within the software industry and digital economy. Since 2010 he has been an instrumental part of changing the marketing in two Finnish publicly listed software companies (Stonesoft and Comptel) that have both, during his time, increased shareholder value and company valuation significantly. He has deep subject matter expertise in cyber security matters and understands well how to build a global thought leader position in the industry. He has held various marketing executive and management roles and is currently working also as a mentor and advisor for several startups, tech/software companies and their CMOs.

Timo Syrjälä - Board Member

Timo Syrjälä

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 (a security company specializing in firewalls, acquired by Intel/McAfee, now ForcePoint) and Efore. Earlier in his career, he held executive and managerial positions in management consulting, asset management, and investment banking. He holds a Master of Science degree from Aalto University.