SSH Changes CEO, Harri Koponen the New CEO of SSH Communications Security
HELSINKI, Finland, October 2, 2014 - The Board of Directors of SSH Communications Security Corp have elected Harri Koponen, 51, eMBA, Dr. Econ. (h.c.), as the new Chief Executive Officer of SSH Communications Security Corp. He will start on October 2, 2014.
Mr. Koponen has extensive experience from the technology sector. He was most recently CEO of NPTV, a cloud-based interactive TV software company, board member at Stonesoft, a security software company that was acquired by McAfee for $389m in 2013, and prior to that COO of Rovio Entertainment, creating the global merchandising and licensing business of their Angry Birds brand.
Mr. Koponen has a vast global network in industry and government, having been President and CEO of three major telecoms Sonera (Finland), Wataniya (Kuwait), and Tele2 (Sweden). He has also lived in the United States for several years as Managing Director of Sony Ericsson (North and Central America) and Head of Ericsson Consumer Products Division for North America. Prior to that he worked as a global account executive for AirTouch, Vodafone, and Sonera at Ericsson, and in the early 1990s ran HP's telecom sales in Finland and globally for Sonera.
SSH's current CEO and founder Tatu Ylönen continues to work for the company full time in the role of Chief Innovation Officer, with responsibility for selected new product concepts, the company's intellectual property development and various other strategic initiatives. Mr. Ylönen has also been nominated as the Chairman of the Board of SSH on October 2,2014.
“The company is in a very interesting situation. We have in the last three years brought to market unique products in network security, including the Universal SSH Key Manager and CryptoAuditor, and successfully implemented major reference customers with seven digit deals for both products as well as for related services. The products are now ready for significant expansion in sales and channel, and the potential market for them is very large. There are also major service opportunities around the products. Finally, the company's patent portfolio is exciting and may yield significant revenue in the future. I am thrilled to bring Harri's operational and sales skills, network, and energy to SSH as we enter this new phase of growth”, says Tatu Ylönen.
“I'm very excited about joining an established company with tremendous potential to grow in an industry of the future. Internet security affects us all and it is an honor to be given the opportunity to lead SSH in becoming a bigger player”, says Harri Koponen.
Helsinki, October 2, 2014
SSH COMMUNICATIONS SECURITY CORPORATION
Harri Koponen, CEO, +358 20 500 7000
Jyrki Lalla, CFO, +358 45 340 4641
About SSH Communications Security
SSH Communications Security is the market leader in developing advanced security solutions that enable, monitor and manage encrypted networks. Over 3,000 customers across the globe trust the company’s encryption, access control and encrypted channel monitoring solutions to meet complex compliance requirements, improve their security posture and save on operational costs. SSH Communications Security is headquartered in Helsinki and has offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia. The company’s shares (SSH1V) are quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki.