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Executive Management Team

Kaisa Olkkonen - 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.

Tatu Ylönen - Founder, SSH Fellow

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Tatu Ylönen is a well-known leader in the field of cybersecurity with over 23 years of experience in cybersecurity and 35 years in software development. He founded the company in 1995 and is the original inventor of the Secure Shell (SSH). For more information, see his personal page.

In his current role, he focuses on initiatives to advance cybersecurity and solve some of the biggest security problems in the enterprises today. He also helps create awareness about the problems the company solves and leads the transformation of the company to modern online operations.

Markku Rossi - Chief Technology Officer

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Markku Rossi brings close to 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 through 2005 as a Chief Engineer and 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 served as CTO at Navicore and asChief Architect at Nokia. He has a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Aalto University.

Jussi Löppönen - Head of PrivX Business Program and Product Management

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Jussi Löppönen has extensive experience in international business management. His career includes a long tenure with Nokia where he led two businesses from the beginning to world #1 positions in their segments. He combines deep market and customer understanding with knowledge of the technology. He also has a very deep understanding of SSH as a company and its products due to his years long career with the SSH R&D team. He has a Master of Science degree from Aalto University.

Chris Riley - President, US Operations & VP Marketing

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Chris Riley has worked in IT and information security for 21+ years. His experience in the markets for identity assurance, data security, governance, and risk management is extensive. He is responsible all US business operations, including sales and customer success. Prior to joining SSH, Chris spent 11+ years at RSA Security in various leadership roles around enterprise sales and customer success. He is a graduate of Merrimack College and holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

Rami Raulas - VP Sales, EMEA & APAC

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Rami Raulas is a seasoned sales leader and has developed and led regional and global sales teams in multiple companies for successful sales growth, customer satisfaction, and loyalty.

He is experienced in go to market strategies and implementations and channel partner management. He has worked in management positions in Finnish, Asian and Global companies including Nokia, ICL, Fujitsu, Fujitsu-Siemens, Ahlstrom. He holds a Master of Science degree in strategic marketing, business economics and computer science from Helsinki School of Economics (Aalto University).

Jussi Mononen - VP Business Development

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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 and M&A transactions, and has spent several years running his own start-up.

Helena Kukkonen, Chief Financial Officer

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Helena Kukkonen brings more than 20 years of experience in financial and management accounting and reporting, finance process, and systems development. She is responsible for financial management, treasury, human resources, corporate development, and corporate governance.

Prior to joining the company in September 2016, she held several senior financial management positions at Microsoft Corporation and Nokia Corporation. She headed finance and control functions on group and business unit level for a global large scale company, as well as global functional finance teams in manufacturing and supply chain area, including mobile phone factories worldwide. She has a Master of Science in Economics degree from the University of Vaasa, Finland.