President and CEO, VTT
President, EARTO

Prof. Antti Vasara is the President & CEO of VTT Ltd (Technical Research Center of Finland) since November 1, 2015. Antti is a technology industry executive with close to 20 years of P&L and general management experience from international companies as well as a board of director experience from several public and private companies in Finland, Canada and the UK.

He is a non-executive director and member of the board of Comptel Oyj in Finland and Nexeon Ltd in the UK. Previously, he has been serving several years as a board member of F-Secure Oyj in Finland and 724 Solutions in Canada, as well as a supervisory board member of Symbian Plc in the UK. He also was Chairman of the Research and Technology Committee of the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) as well as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes).

Prior to joining VTT, he was EVP of R&D services business area at Tieto Corporation. He worked for 9 years at Nokia in various P&L and product responsible roles leading business units, R&D units, sales & marketing units as well as Nokia’s corporate strategy. Before Nokia, he was the CEO of SmartTrust Ltd, a leading provider of service management software to mobile operators. Before joining SmartTrust in 2000, Prof. Vasara worked as Senior Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company in Finland consulting mainly in the fields of telecommunications, electronics and pharmaceutical & biotechnology with projects in Nordic countries, Central Europe, UK, USA and Asia-Pacific. Earlier in his career, Prof. Vasara was a researcher in the field of optical communications at the Helsinki University of Technology in Finland and holds one international patent.

Prof. Vasara holds a Doctor of Technology (Technical Physics) degree from Helsinki University of Technology in Finland.

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