Appointments in the Company´s Management
On April 27, 2016 Bittium announced following appointments in the company´s management group:
M.Sc. Sami Kotkajuuri (b. 1967) was appointed as Vice President, Business Development as of May 1, 2016. Kotkajuuri had been working at Bittium since 2009. As his latest task, he was responsible for the IoT (Internet of Things) Solutions product and service area, where Bittium offers R&D services and customized solutions for companies needing wireless connectivity for their devices. Kotkajuuri continued as a member of the company´s management group reporting to Hannu Huttunen, CEO.
M.Sc. Klaus Mäntysaari (b. 1966) was appointed as Vice President, Connectivity Solutions as of May 1, 2016. Mäntysaari has been working at Bittium since 2004. Previously he was responsible for Telecom product and service area, where Bittium offers R&D services for wireless telecommunication market. Mäntysaari continued as a member of the company´s management group reporting to Hannu Huttunen, CEO.
Changes in Bittium Corporation´s Organizational Structure and Management Group
The Board of Directors of Bittium Corporation decided on changes in the company´s organizational structure and management group to support the company´s updated strategy that was announced on November 24, 2016. According to its strategy, Bittium´s business focuses on three product and service areas: Defense & Security, Connectivity Solutions and Medical Technologies.
Mr. Jari Sankala (M.Sc. Electrical Engineering, Digital Communications) was appointed as Senior Vice President, Defense & Security product and service area. Mr. Sankala has been working at Bittium since 2011 and transfers to his new position from the head of sales. In Bittium´s new organizational structure, the sales operations are managed by the product and service areas. Mr. Klaus Mäntysaari (M.Sc.) continued as Vice President, Connectivity Solutions product and service area. He has been working at Bittium since 2004. Mr. Arto Pietilä M.Sc. (Applied Electronics) was appointed as Senior Vice President, Medical Technologies product and service area. Mr. Pietilä has been working at Bittium since 2001, among others as head of operations, head of Contract R&D business and as head of Wireless Solutions business. Prior to Bittium, Mr. Pietilä acted as the Managing Director of Polar Electro Oy.
Mr. Sami Kotkajuuri, head of business development, decided to move on to new challenges outside of Bittium and resigned from the company´s service. Mr. Kotkajuuri continued his duties until the end of the year 2016.
As of December 1, 2016 Bittium management group consisted of following persons: Mr. Hannu Huttunen, CEO (chairman); Mr. Pekka Kunnari, CFO; Mr. Kari Jokela, CLO; Ms. Karoliina Fyrstén, Director, Corporate Communications and Marketing; heads of product and service areas: Mr. Jari Sankala, Mr. Klaus Mäntysaari, and Mr. Arto Pietilä; and Mr. Jari-Pekka Innanen, Vice President, Engineering
Board of Directors, Board Committees And Auditor
The Annual General Meeting held on April 19, 2016 decided that the Board of Directors shall comprise five (5) members. Ms. Kirsi Komi, Mr. Seppo Mäkinen, Mr. Juha Putkiranta, Mr. Staffan Simberg and Mr. Erkki Veikkolainen were elected members of the Board of Directors for a term of office expiring at the end of the next Annual General Meeting.
In the assembly meeting held on April 19, 2016 the Board of Directors elected Erkki Veikkolainen as the Chairman of the Board. Further, the Board resolved to keep the Audit and Financial Committee. Staffan Simberg (Chairman of the committee) and Kirsi Komi were elected as members of the Audit and Financial Committee and Seppo Laine, Authorized Public Accountant was invited to the Audit and Financial Committee as external advisor of the Board of Directors. Later in 2016 the Audit and Financial Committee was renamed as Audit Committee.
The Annual General Meeting held on April 19, 2016 re-elected Ernst & Young Oy, authorized public accountants, as the auditor of the company for a term of office ending at the end of the next Annual General Meeting. Ernst & Young Oy notified that Mr. Juhani Rönkkö, authorized public accountant, will act as responsible auditor.