Board of Directors

The current Board of Directors was elected at the Company's last Annual General Meeting in April 2016.

Board Charter was approved by the company's Board of Directors on February 8, 2016. The Board of Directors will update and change the Board Charter as required.

Jukka Manner

Jukka Manner - Chairman of the Board

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 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 received the Cross of Merit, Signals, and the Medal for Military Merits for contributions in national defence and C4.

Jukka has 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. He has long leadership experience. 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 in Nokia Corporation. During his time at Nokia he was expatriated in People’s Republic of China. Prior to joining Nokia, Petri worked for the Helsinki Police department, and was a founding member of the Helsinki Criminal Police IT investigations department. Currently Petri is also coaching a startup called HoxHunt that delivers innovative cloud based Security Awareness services solution.

Timo Syrjälä

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

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.

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Ari Vänttinen - Board Member

Ari Vänttinen is an experienced leader in international B2B marketing within the software industry and digital economy. He is specialized in turnaround cases where the new story-based strategy, Go-To-Market model and marketing driven culture have worked as a change agent for the growth and success of the business.

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.

Ari holds a 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.