SSH.COM Executive Management

Chief Executive Officer

Kaisa Olkkonen

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. She has led international and diverse expert teams through changes and transitions. Her international career has taken her on assignments in Sweden, Singapore, and Belgium. She holds a Master of Law degree from Helsinki University.

Chief Technology Officer

Markku Rossi

Markku Rossi brings 25 years of software engineering and architecture experience to the company. He is responsible for 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 to 2005 as Chief Engineer. He was a major contributor to the SSH software architecture. Prior to rejoining the company in 2015, he co-founded several companies, such as Codento and ShopAdvisor and he he served as CTO at Navicore and Chief Architect at Nokia. He has a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Aalto University.

Chief Customer Officer

Sami Ahvenniemi

Sami is a software industry veteran with over 20 years of experience in global software sales. Sami knows SSH well, having worked at SSH in executive positions from 1998-2002 and 2012-2015, both in Finland and the US. Sami has also served as an executive, chairman, or board member in several successful technology companies, such as Behaviosec, Bluegiga Technologies, Neo4j, Sensinode, and most recently as co-founder at Kontena. Sami has also been a partner and board member in the Finnish venture capital firm, Conor Venture Partners. Sami holds a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Industrial Engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology (currently Aalto University).

Head of Engineering

Timo Lilja

Timo is an experienced technologist and leader with an extensive background in software development, IT management, test automation, and software-related academic research. He has served in various development and leadership functions at SSH and as a researcher and teacher at Aalto University, with an emphasis on cloud and mobile computing. Timo holds a Licentiate of Technology degree from the Aalto University.

Chief Sales Officer

Joe Scaff

Joe Scaff has over 15 years of experience in information security technology and network communications industry. Joe has held various management roles at SSH Communications Security including technical sales, technical support and professional services. He has a strong technical and managerial background that allows him to deliver strategic solutions for Fortune 500 customers. He is responsible for US business operations.

VP Strategy and Business Development

Jussi Mononen

Jussi is a seasoned growth company executive who has been CEO and founder of several venture-backed companies. He has nearly 30 years of management and consulting experience from international technology-intensive businesses with a sound understanding of strategy, communications, operations, processes, and critical success factors. He has a strong track record in fundraising, M&A, transactions, and has spent several years running his own start-up.

Chief Financial Officer

Niklas Nordström

Niklas Nordström has over 10 years of cross-industry financial management experience gained from working in demanding senior financial roles in various NASDAQ companies. He is responsible for financial management, treasury, human resources, legal, corporate development and corporate governance. Prior to joining the company, he worked as CFO for Biohit Oyj, a Helsinki based public biotechnology company. He holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Kent in Canterbury, UK and a Bachelor of Economics, Accounting and Finance degree from the Inholland University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands.

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