Board of Directors
The current Board of Directors was elected at the Company's last Annual General Meeting in April 2016.
Kaisa Olkkonen - Chairman of the Board
Kaisa Olkkonen is an experienced leader and expert in international business, legal matters, intellectual property, and digitalization. She has previously been, e.g., VP, Legal and VP, Government Relations at Nokia Corporation.
Kaisa 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.
Kaisa holds a Master of Law degree from Helsinki University.
Timo Syrjälä - Board Member
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, Timo held executive and managerial positions in management consulting, asset management, and investment banking.
Timo holds a Master of Science degree from the Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto University) in Finland.
Tatu Ylönen - Board Member
Tatu Ylönen founded SSH Communications Security in 1995, 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.
Tatu Ylönen is an experienced entrepreneur and the original inventor of SSH (Secure Shell) and NAT Traversal technologies. He has also co-authored NIST IR 7966, guidelines for managing SSH keys. For more information, see his personal page.
Prior to his current role as Chief Executive Officer, Ylonen 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.
Ylönen holds a degree of Licensiate of Technology from the Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto University) in Finland. He has previously founded several other companies and invested in a few; one of the other companies went public in 2014.
Jukka Manner - Board Member
Jukka Manner is Professor of Networking Technology at Aalto University. He 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.
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 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 - Board Member
Harri has a long international executive background in telecom. He has been CEO of several major international telecoms, including Sonera, Wataniya Telecom, and TELE2. He started his career in sales, selling hardware and software to telecoms at Ericsson and HP, sometimes in staggeringly large contracts.
Before that, Harri was the CEO of NPTV, a cloud-based interactive TV software company, a board member at Stonesoft (acquired by Intel/McAfee), and the COO of Rovio Entertainment.
Harri holds an eMBA from University of Helsinki and Aalto University and is a Dr.Econ (h.c.) from University of Jyväskylä.