Management

Management

Aplicom’s management team and board have a strong international experience of the telematics business area.

Management team

Lasse Paakkola
M.Sc. (Mechanical Engineering)
Managing Director of Aplicom. Co-founder of Aplicom.

“I am originally a mechanical engineer, but I have worked my entire career in sales and marketing and management of technology companies. My passion is to work with people, to bring products and customer needs together. There is no “business to business”. It is always “business people to business people”.

My path in technology industry started at the computer division of Nokia. I joined Aplicom as a co-founder in early 1995, and spent the following ten years building up the product management, marketing and sales of the company. Under those years, we did some true pioneering work, supplying mobile data terminals and software for early adopters, like Daimler Fleetboard, ADAC and Mannesmann Autocom.

After that, I spent five years managing an agro electronics company, and the last eight years before returning to Aplicom, I was in charge of sales and marketing of a Finnish technology company, supplying optical in-line measurement systems for the automotive industry.

In November 2018, I joined Aplicom again, and feel enthusiastic to be part of this great team again!”

Juha Savolainen

Juha Savolainen
B.Sc. (Eng.)
CTO of Aplicom. Co-founder of Aplicom.

Juha Savolainen, one of the founding members and a partner in Aplicom, has both a vast and deep knowledge of technology. His understanding of the technologies in Aplicom’s line of business is not only theoretical – he also has a very strong practical knowledge, which he brings to the Executive Board. He was previously a chief engineer at Nokia’s Mobile Data group.

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Paul Nieminen
M.Sc. (Geography)
Sales Director of Aplicom.

Paul Nieminen has vast experience of GIS and positioning technologies gained from years working at Graphikon GmbH, Novo Meridian Oy (Logica) and Benefon. Paul is always enthusiastic to find the best solution for customers and is leading the Aplicom Sales team by example. Paul’s involvement in the Executive Board guarantees that the customer aspect is always in the forefront in EB meetings.

Anne Sinivaara

Anne Sinivaara
M.Sc. (Econ.)
CFO at Aplicom.

Anne Sinivaara, has been with the company since the beginning of Aplicom in 1990. Her expertise lies in the financial and accounting as well as administration side of running a business. Anne Sinivaara’s high intelligence and learning capacity have been necessary in various phases of Aplicom’s development.

Atri Vainikainen

Atri Vainikainen
M.Sc. (Tech.)
Product Development Director at Aplicom

Atri Vainikainen has strong expertise in software production and processes and also in project management. Hi has gained considerable working experience from information technology and service technology in his earlier positions in Nokia Mobile Phones, Tampere University of Technology and Digia. Atri brings the latest know-how of software development to Aplicom’s executive board.

Harri Mikkonen
M.Sc. (Tech.)
Head of Operations at Aplicom

Harri Mikkonen is the latest reinforcement to the Aplicom Executive Board. Prior to starting at Aplicom he has gained competence in electronics and IT -industries in several positions at Digia plc, Kardex Group and Landis+Gyr. Harri is enthusiastic to streamline Aplicom’s supply chain to perform even better.

Board

Tuomo Alamäki

Tuomo Alamäki, Chairman

Tuomo Alamäki

Markku Ellilä

Jyrki Salminen, Chairman

Jyrki Salminen
M.Sc. ( Eng. )
Vice President, Nokia Retail, Global Sales Office
Management Board Member since 2004

Jyrki Salminen brings to the Board his knowledge and expertise in global sales and marketing. His long experience and working as a Nokia executive gives him an exclusive insight into the world of telecommunications.

Vesa Helkkula, CEO of Aplicom

Vesa Helkkula, Founder and Board Member
M.Sc. ( Eng. ), MBA
Board Member since 1995. Founder of Aplicom.

Vesa Helkkula has an extensive and successful career in various CEO and board member positions in private and public telecommunication companies since 1990. From 1999-2003 he was President and CEO of globally expanded Tecnomen Corporation, which was listed to Helsinki Exchange in 2000. Prior to 1990 he was working at Nokia having his last position as VP of Business Development at Nokia Mobile Phones. Vesa Helkkula was the first Managing Director at Aplicom after its foundation.
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Ilkka Leppänen

Ilkka Leppänen
B.Sc. (Eng.)
Board Member since 1995. Co-founder of Aplicom.

Ilkka Leppänen has been working for Aplicom since its foundation and is a partner in the company. His personal strengths lie in the management of operations of a technology company and personnel management. Before co-founding Aplicom he managed the Mobile Data group at Nokia.

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