Group Management Team

Juha Varelius, b. 1963, M.B.A.
Digia's President and CEO as from the beginning of 2008. Reporting to the
Board of Directors, Varelius is responsible for the company's operative business. Previously, he has served as the President and CEO of the technology company Everypoint Inc of Boston (2006–2007). He has also held managerial positions at Yahoo! and Everypoint in London (2002–2006). Moreover, he has served in various managerial positions at Sonera (1993–2002), acting in his last years there as Managing Director of Sonera Zed and a member of the Sonera Management Team.

 
Asko Hakonen, b. 1961, vocational qualification in business and administration
Senior Vice President, software and service products, Management Team
member since 2008. Responsible for software and service products as well as
their development. Previously held managerial positions at the Digia Industry and Trade division (2007–2008). Prior to joining Digia, Hakonen worked as a project and unit manager at Sentera Plc (1998–2006), where he was in charge of internet, mobile and ERP systems. Previously also held the post of project manager at Solagem Oy (1990–1997). Hakonen has worked in the IT sector since 1985.

 
Tommi Laitinen, b. 1968, vocational qualification in business and administration
Senior Vice President, new products and international product business, Management Team member since 2005. Previously, he has served at Digia as
SVP of Competence organisation (2009–2010), SVP of Telecommunication division (2007–2008) and SVP in charge of the company's strategy and development (2005–2007). His previous positions at Digia Inc. included Vice President, Engineering (2002–2004); Director, Quality and Processes (2001–2002); and Business Unit Manager (1999–2000). Prior to that (1991–1999), he was in charge of various project and product management duties and software development duties.


Antti Lastunen, b. 1964, vocational qualification in business and administration
Senior Vice President, sales and marketing, Management Team member since 2008. Responsible for sales and marketing operations. Previously, he has been in charge of Business Operations at SAP Nordic (2005–2008), and Large Enterprise Sales (2003–2004) and Manufacturing Industry Sales (2000–2002) at SAP Finland. Prior to that, he held positions in international customer management at SAP and Computer Associates Finland (1995–1997) and sales at Inter Marketing (1988–1994), respectively.


Harri Paani, b. 1963, M.Sc.
Senior Vice President, competences and projects. Management Team member
since 2010. Paani is responsible for the development and management of competences as well as project resourcing. Previously he has served as Business Development Director at Logica (2007–2009) and was responsible for specific
large-scale sales projects and application outsourcing. Prior to that Paani worked
at Computer Sciences Corporation in Finland and abroad (1997–2000). During that time he spearheaded software development unit located across several countries and acted as the CEO of CSC Finland. He was responsible for customer relations for a major international client and in charge of service provision in Finland, Sweden and Norway. Prior to that, he was the Chief Information Officer for the Sampo Group and Director of the Systems Development unit, also at the Sampo Group.

 
Mika Pälsi, born 1970, LL.M.
General Counsel, Management Team member since 2009. In charge of legal matters and stock exchange communications at the company. Trained on the bench, post-graduate LL.M studies at the Universities of Helsinki and Leicester (U.K.). Pälsi has over ten years' experience in international business law, both
as an attorney and in-house counsel. Before joining Digia in 2009, Pälsi worked
for Tieto Corporation, where he was in charge of providing legal counsel to one
of their business units. Before moving into corporate practice, Pälsi worked as an attorney at Castrén & Snellman and as a solicitor at Allen & Gledhill Advocates & Solicitors (Singapore).

Harri Savolainen, b. 1965, M.Sc. Business Economics
Chief Financial Officer, Management Team member since 2010. Savolainen is in charge of Group Finance and Administration. Prior to joining Digia he worked for Logica Finland Ltd. where he, as a Member of Management Team was in charge of Logica Finland's finance, internal IT, HR and administration. Previously in his career, between 1997 and 2006 Savolainen worked at Siemens Ltd. as Director for Accounting, Controlling and Financing in Finland and the Baltic States, and between 1992 and 1997 at Mars Incorporated.