The Finnish Government has appointed Ms Ilona Lundström, Doctor of Administrative Sciences, as the Head of Department and Director General of the Enterprise and Innovation Department at the Ministry of Employment and the Economy for five years from the beginning of August 2016.
“Public administration needs visionary leadership. Creation of new growth requires that the key persons responsible for the industrial and innovation policies have profound understanding of the changes in the global operating environment, an ability to identify the strengths in the Finnish business and industry, and an ability to reform the old structures. Besides her professional competencies, Lundström will also bring along a new look and open-minded attitude to the Ministry, says Jari Gustafsson, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy.
At the moment, Ilona Lundström acts as Executive Director of the Division for Networking Businesses and Research at Tekes. She is a member of Tekes executive group. Her division is responsible for funding decisions and customer service for large companies, universities and other research organisations, and public service providers such as municipalities.
Lundström’s merits include experience of leadership at Tekes, scientific educational background, knowledge of the industrial, innovation and research policies and funding, as well as existing national and international networks. She is deemed to be a target-oriented director with a focus on change and performance management.
A total of 63 persons applied for the position of Director General of the Enterprise and Innovation Department. The position became vacant in as the previous Director General Petri Peltonen was appointed as Permanent State Under-Secretary of the Ministry.
Enterprise and Innovation Department is responsible for enterprise policy, innovation policy, strategic growth branches, exports and international investments.