Pekka Soini becomes Director General of Tekes

On 4th April 2012, the Government appointed M.Sc. (Eng.) Pekka Soini (52) to the post of Director General of Tekes (the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation). Mr Soini will take up his duties on 1st September 2012, upon the retirement of the current Director General Veli-Pekka Saarnivaara. The appointment is for a period of seven years.

Since 2008, Soini has been Head of Corporate Development Office and Country Director at Nokia Siemens Networks. Previously, among other duties he has been Head of Strategy and Business Development at Nokia Siemens Networks, SVP Strategy and Business Development at Nokia Telecommunications, and headed Business Development and Marketing & Sales in the USA. Mr Soini has over 20 years of broad experience in demanding leadership roles within a major, globally operating company. He also has strong experience of, and familiarity with, the business world. 

– Tekes plays a key role as a financer of the Finnish innovation chain. I am delighted by the number and quality of the applicants, and especially pleased at being able to announce the selection of a person for this highly responsible role who, as well as significant leadership experience, has considerable practical experience of international high-tech business activities. I am sure that such expertise will be of benefit to Tekes and its stakeholders in the coming years, commented Jyri Häkämies, Minister of Economic Affairs, on the choice of Director General.

Read more: Press release of Ministry of Employment and the Economy