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Mikko Kosonen to lead Sitra’s innovation activities

PhD (Econ) Mikko Kosonen (b. 1957) has been appointed Executive Vice President and member of the strategic management team as of 1 August 2007, when he will assume these new posts at Sitra. He will be responsible for heading the newly-established Innovations and New Solutions unit. The unit’s mandate includes the development and implementation of measures that are in line with Sitra’s mission of revitalising the Finnish innovation environment.

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PhD (Econ) Mikko Kosonen (b. 1957) has been appointed Executive Vice President and member of the strategic management team as of 1 August 2007, when he will assume these new posts at Sitra. He will be responsible for heading the newly-established Innovations and New Solutions unit. The unit’s mandate includes the development and implementation of measures that are in line with Sitra’s mission of revitalising the Finnish innovation environment.

Kosonen has enjoyed a long and successful career at Nokia, where he has worked in various positions, both in Finland and abroad, since 1984. During his tenure he served in roles such as Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning and Information Management; his most recent position was Special Advisor.

– Sitra has made the long-term strategic decision to invest resources in the development of Finnish innovation and related activities. Mikko Kosonen’s experience and wide-ranging competence support this commitment exceptionally well, says Sitra’s President Esko Aho.

– Nokia is a fine corporation, and it has provided me with magnificent challenges and opportunities to learn. However, working for Sitra gives me the chance to pursue an entirely new career path where I can make use of my experience on a wider scale. We must be prepared to renew the operating models of companies, as well as society at large, with more dynamism than ever before. I believe that the international strategic research I recently carried out, as well as my personal experiences in managing change, will be of good use in these endeavours, says Mikko Kosonen.

As of 1 August 2007, Sitra’s strategic management team will comprise Esko Aho, President, Mikko Kosonen, Executive Vice President (Innovations and New Solutions), Kari Tolvanen, Executive Vice President (Administration), and Magnus Sjöblom, Director of Finance and Corporate Funding.

Further information

Kari Tolvanen, Executive Vice President, phone +358 40 546 0991, firstname.lastname@sitra.fi

Laura Niemi, Communications Manager, phone +358 50 373 8602, firstname.lastname@sitra.fi

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