Alumni board member profiles
Sari Grenman (Head of Board)
Sari Grenman is currently Chief Compliance Officer at Ilmarinen, Finland’s biggest pension insurer. Sari has over 20 years of professional experience from finance and banking gained while working as legal counsel, compliance officer and risk specialist in consultancy, private equity as well as banking and insurance business. She holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Helsinki and a Master of Business Administration degree from Henley Business School. She has also studied international and EEC law in the UK as part of her law studies and done an attorney-at-law exam while she worked at one of the biggest Attorneys-at-Law firm in Finland. Sari values lifelong learning.
Pia is currently Director, Employee Communications at Fiskars Group. Pia is an experienced communications professional with an extensive background in corporate communications, mainly in large, stock listed companies. Pia’s experience stretches over both internal and external communications. Transparent, authentic and courageous corporate communication is what drives Pia at her work and she has a special interest in corporate culture and its impact. She gets energy from succeeding together as well as self-development. Pia is M.Sc. Econ. (Aalto University, prev. Helsinki School of Economics) and has the Henley Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching (PCEC).
Boyden Executive Search
Jan Gustafsson is Managing Partner at Boyden Executive Search. He has extensive know-how in industrial, manufacturing, and construction as well as working with private equity investors, and brings functional expertise in general management, strategy, law and human resources. From before joining Boyden, Jan has more than 20 years of experience in leading international organisations in sales, manufacturing, and support functions such as HR, IT, strategy and development. He also has long experience as a member of corporate management teams in both listed and private equity owned corporations. Master of Laws (LLM), University of Helsinki and MBA, Henley Business School.
CSC – IT Centre for Science
Tiina Kupila-Rantala works as Vice Managing Director at CSC – IT Centre for Science Ltd. She has over 15 years of experience in leading a specialist organisation in the area of high-performance computing and digitalisation of the Finnish research and education system. Tiina is also a member of the national steering committee of Open Science. Tiina’s passion is to empower an organisation to perform at its best. She is skilled in strategic planning and execution, business process design and optimisation, business transformation and change management as well as public-private partnering. Tiina holds a PhD (physics) from the University of Helsinki and an Executive MBA from Henley Business School.
Work for Minna is always about a bigger purpose; making a difference and a contribution to a planet is what deeply moves her. She works as a leader at Google Cloud and believes everyone on the planet should have access to the information and all the opportunities it brings, especially education, health and wellbeing. A seasoned leader of the technology, digital and entertainment industries, Minna is a passionate and energetic soul with a mission. She believes there has been no better time for game changing innovation than today. She is an experienced business and people leader with over 20 years of experience in leading international business and organisations. She has led high performing teams across cloud and digital technologies, sustainability, consulting, and digital natives and has experiences in creating game changing business models, concepts and driving customer experience. Minna is M.Sc (Technology) from the University of Abo Akademi and Executive MBA from Henley Business School.
Baltic Sea Action Group
Michaela Ramm-Schmidt is Managing Director for the Foundation for a Living Baltic Sea (Baltic Sea Action Group). Responsible business, sustainability and systems change are Michaela’s core expertise areas, and she has also worked with communications, policymaking, HR and risk management. She holds a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from the University of Helsinki, an MBA degree from Henley Business School and a Diploma in Responsible Business from Aalto University Executive Education. Michaela has worked as an attorney, lobbyist, inhouse counsel and entrepreneur. By inspiring companies to discover the business benefits of sustainable practices, Michaela wants to help them tackle major challenges of our time. Michaela is passionate about good leadership, communication and interaction between people.
Live Nation Entertainment
Mirkka Rautala currently works at Live Nation Entertainment Finland as Head of Development. She is gutsy, driven, and focused on holistic strategy execution by leveraging people, technology, experiences, and content and is passionate about organizational performance and learning. Her roles in live entertainment have included sales, marketing, e-commerce and business development and she possesses a comprehensive understanding of organizational performance metrics. Her specialty is international project management and business process design. She thrives working in multicultural environments and with people across all functions and is a a big picture thinker with a passion for doing things right and getting everyone involved.
Vesa Silfver is the CEO at Motiva Ltd, the government-owned sustainable development company. He has 15 years experience in global consulting companies, and he has lead Health and Public Sector consulting at Accenture Finland. Vesa has extensive experience in supporting organizations in their evolution to the digital age. Vesa has a broad understanding of sustainable development agenda both within public sector and across industries. He is a member of Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development. Vesa has years of experience as part of corporate management teams and he is a Certified Board Member. Vesa holds M. Sc. Engineering from Tampere University of Technology and he plans to graduate from Henley Business School Executive MBA during 2021.