People

It’s the people that make Ilmatar great. The ones working for Ilmatar are all highly skilled, experienced and motivated. The team consists of the following:


Erkka Saario

CEO
+358 40 355 7007

Erkka has been involved in the wind industry and other renewable projects for a decade focusing lately on project development, feasibility and execution and also on Mergers and Acquisitions and to their related matters such as Due Diligences. International cooperation and managing complex entities with several interfaces are part of his daily routines these days. He has very thorough hands-on experience in all aspects of a renewable energy project, giving him the ability to focus on the essentials.

Prior to joining Ilmatar in 2012, Erkka also gained extensive experience in energy technology and project management through various energy-related projects ranging from R&D to power plant and wind turbine procurement and deliveries.

Erkka holds a master’s degree in energy technology from the Lappeenranta University of Technology. In connection to that he spent a year in RWTH Aachen in Germany. He is also a IPMA C-certified Project Manager.

Erkka was recently selected as the Chairman of Finnish Windpower Association’s committee for promotion of interests of the industry.


Veli Pyykönen

CFO
+358 40 671 4266

Veli is responsible for financial management, reporting, modeling and transactions. Veli has been working with wind power all of his career and thus his experience in the field is already quite remarkable. Veli has gained vast knowledge of the Finnish wind power market through advising Finnish wind power developers as well as international investors on their transactions at his previous position as a Senior Analyst at KPMG’s Corporate Finance team. Veli is also a Certified Electricity Trader.

Veli holds a master’s degree from the Aalto University School of Business majoring in finance and minoring in accounting.


Tapio Potila

Senior Advisor
+358 400 580 508

Tapio has 30 years of experience in international business. He has accumulated experience in business management, business development and procurement in the field of electricity distribution and transmission for about 20 years. At Ilmatar Tapio is responsible for general business development and new opportunities.

Tapio holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Tampere University of Applied Sciences and eMBA in international business. He has completed other studies at International Institute for Management Development (Switzerland) and at Robert H Smith School of Business (USA).


Mikko Toivanen

Director and Co-founder
+358 50 059 5471

Mikko Toivanen is responsible for the execution of Ilmatar’s renewables projects including all construction-related issues from turbine and Balance of Plant procurement to start of commercial operation of a wind farm.

In addition to building up Ilmatar’s construction management capabilities, Mikko’s achievements within Ilmatar have been e.g. building the first complete TCM service portfolio in Finland, which complies with the highest international standards. As a result, Ilmatar Service is a well renowned service provider amongst international wind farm owners and investors.

Experience in the field of electricity distribution, electricity transmission and wind power Mikko has accumulated for about 20 years. The most significant project so far has been designing, permitting and constructing the Latamäki project in Luhanka. The project was the first non-recourse project financed wind farm in Finland. Another project worthy of mentioning is the AMR metering project implemented at Vattenfall Verkko Oy (currently Elenia Oy), where Mikko had different roles in project and steering groups while employed by SLO Oy.

Mikko Toivanen has been a board member of Nordiska Handel Oy, in which he exercises control, since 2008 and its CEO from year 2010 onwards. He is also a Chairman at various companies of the KKM Group. KKM manufactures earth-fault and reactive power compensation systems for Nordic distribution and transmission companies and wind farms.


Pentti Itkonen

Head of Project Development
+358 41 5049935

Pentti Itkonen leads the project development of Ilmatar and is also an active spokesperson for the company. During his time in the wind industry he has gathered wide-ranging experience in ABB, ENERCON and Ilmatar Windpower. Pentti had a kick-start for his career in energy through the position of Energy Ambassador, where he represented the biggest Finnish energy technology companies around the world.

Pentti is focused on finding new project opportunities in Finland either through green field development or through project acquisitions. Keeping things moving in the existing project portfolio is a key responsibility. Project management, local stakeholder dialogue, PR and the techno-economic planning are his key strengths.

Pentti is passionate about promoting wind power and also acts as the Chairman of the Finnish Wind Power Association’s Future Committee, which consists of Finnish wind industry leaders and researchers. Through the committee work he is able to stay on the edge of the latest technology advancements and market developments.

Pentti is an easy-going but hard-working personality and his goal is to be a key figure in the on-going renewable energy transition.


Petter Sund

Project Manager
+358405389062

Petter has over 15years of versatile experience of project management and development in the energy industry.
He has worked extensively with EPC contracting, financial modelling and his key responsibilities at Ilmatar include
analysis of project acquisitions and preparation of investment proposals.
Prior to joining Ilmatar, Petter worked for energy utility UPM Energy and power plant equipment supplier Wärtsilä in various roles.

Petter holds a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Åbo Akademi and an MBA from the University of Warwick.


Petri Ainonen

Project Manager
+358 40 847 3364

Petri has more than ten years of extensive experience in various roles in wind industry . He has gained knowledge in sourcing, project execution, heavy liftings, special transports and engineering. At Ilmatar Petri is responsible for the execution of the construction works at wind farms.

Petri holds a bachelor´s degree in Machine Automation from the Oulu University of Applied Sciences.


Mari Markkanen

Business Development Manager
+358 40 159 0401

Mari is versatile, results-driven professional with 20+ years of experience developing exceptional relationships with clients, peers and senior leadership to provide sustainable business solutions. She has 20+ years of experience of marketing, account management, digital business and media.

Mari started her career in the telecommunications industry. Lately she has been working the last ten years for both marketing and media agencies for clients from various industries. Mari holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Aalto University. At Ilmatar Mari is responsible for business development, marketing and media.


Sari Hakala

Project Coordinator
+358 40 040 9888

Sari has experience in the office environment associated with various responsibilities, as well as internal and external communications with diverse interest groups. She also has a thorough understanding and experience on the local aspects such as acceptance creation when developing and operating wind farms. Sari also has a varied and extensive experience in domestic and international human resources and experience in the wind power industry already while working in Winwind Ltd for seven years (2007-2013).


Neea Rouvinen

Accountant
+358 50 320 8917

Neea is responsible for Ilmatar’s accounting and for providing financial information to the management.

She has more than ten years of experience working in accounting for both domestic and international companies. Neea holds a bachelor’s degree in service business management from the Laurea University of Applied Sciences.


Noora Jaakamo

Master’s Thesis Worker
+358 50 406 3136

Noora Jaakamo is a soon graduating master’s degree student in Aalto University, majoring in Sustainable Energy Systems and Markets. She holds a Bachelor of Science and Technology degree in Energy and Environmental Technology.

Noora is passionate about renewable energy. She has worked within the energy industry since 2015 in various energy production and distribution related projects. Noora took part in several student associations, organizing events with many domestic and international energy companies.

Currently Noora works on her master’s thesis at Ilmatar Windpower, specializing in electricity markets.


Kalle Pykälä

Chairman of the Board and Co-founder
040 900 5309

Kalle Pykälä has close to 20 years of experience in developing, financing and leading growth companies, as well as in the formation and/or transformation of several companies and investment vehicles, together with associated capital raising from private and public markets.

He was Ilmatar’s CEO since the company was founded in 2011 until 2016 when he became the Chairman of Ilmatar. During his years as the CEO he both managed the early and mid-stage growth of the company as well as played a key role in bringing best international wind industry practices and several leading renewables financiers to Finland. He strongly believes both that the wind industry will continue its fast growth in Finland and that Ilmatar will continue to be in the forefront in driving that development.

Pykälä graduated with a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Vaasa in 2002. He has completed other studies for his degree at Harvard University and at Institut Supérieur du Commerce in Paris. In 2010 he completed Executive Program for Growing Companies, designed for executives in high growth companies, at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Pykälä has been a member of the board for Marinium Ltd. since 2007, in which he exercises control. He is also Chairman of the Board of Folkefinans AS, a Norwegian finance company.


Ele Lepik

Board Member

Ele Lepik has 20 years of experience in law, management, internal control and audit, developing growth companies and investments at Hedman Law Offices in Tallinn (1995-1997), Lindorff Oy Baltic operations (1997-2009), Ramirent Plc (2010-2012) and Rebane ja Rebane OÜ (2011- ).

Ele has graduated with Bachelor of Art in Law (now equal to LL.M) from University of Tartu in 1995. She has graduated with EMBA from the Aalto University Executive Education in 2010.


Timo Rajala

Board Member

Timo Rajala has been member of the Ilmatar Board of Directors since 2011. He brings his exceptionally broad experience in power production and an extensive contact network to Ilmatar. Rajala is currently also the Chairman of the Board for Elenia Ltd, Finland’s second largest DSO as well as Elering AS, which manages the Estonian electricity system, the national transmission grid and international connections.

Rajala has worked with Finnish power production throughout his career, as, for example, the CEO of Pohjolan Voima Ltd. during 1992–2010 and either Chairman or Vice Chairman of the Board of Teollisuuden Voima Plc (TVO) and Fingrid Plc, the electricity transmission system operator in Finland.

Timo Rajala has also worked actively in society, as for example Board Member for The Confederation of Finnish Industries EK and for Finnish Energy Industries and for European Eureletric and the World Energy Council. Rajala has also acted on the board of both Empower Ltd. and Savon Voima Ltd.

Rajala holds a Master of Science in Technology from the Tampere University of Technology.


Petri Kanervo

Board Member

Petri Kanervo has been a member of the Board of Directors of Ilmatar from 2016 onwards. Petri is a skilled expert in Finnish small and medium-sized technology and growth companies. He has an extensive practical experience in various industries as a founder, developer, majority and minority owner as well as a board member.

Petri is spezialised in corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions as well as financing of SME´s. He has versatile hands-on experience in the management of listed companies, owner control and management.

Petri Kanervo has graduated from University of Tampere with a Master of Science (IT) in 1984, in addition to which he has a Master of Science (Int’l Business) Diploma (Boston University, Brussels) from 1993.

Petri Kanervo has acted as Gateway Finland Oy’s President and CEO since 1995.


Mauri Toivanen

Senior Advisor
+358 50 012 1562

Mauri Toivanen is Ilmatar’s Senior Advisor in permitting processes, project management and construction management. He has a strong background from various Finnish and international energy projects. He has made a long career in Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) and Posiva Oy, acting for example as the Construction Manager for both companies. Mauri holds a Master of Science in Technology degree from the Helsinki University of Technology.