Team

Hannu Puhakka

Hannu Puhakka

Partner, Chairman (MB Equity Fund V) Managing Partner (MB Equity Fund IV)

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Hannu joined MB Funds team in 1997. Prior to this he was involved in venture capital and private equity activities in the mid-1980s, setting up Finland's first venture capital fund, Suomen Riskirahasto Ky I. From 1981, Hannu spent 10 years at the Industrialization Fund of Finland Ltd as a finance officer, research manager, director and corporate president. Subsequently Hannu was a member of the board, Managing Director and Chairman of the Board of SKOP-Bank.

Juhani Suomela

Juhani Suomela

Partner, Chairman (MB Equity Fund IV)

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Juhani is the Chairman of MB Funds. He launched MB's private equity investment operations and has been responsible for their development and execution from the beginning. Before MB, Juhani worked at the Industrialization Fund of Finland Ltd between 1982-87, where he launched venture capital operations. Following this Juhani was Vice President of the Mortgage Bank of Finland Ltd and President of MB Corporate Bank, responsible for lending and M&A services.

Juha Tukiainen

Juha Tukiainen

Partner, Managing Partner (MB Equity Fund V)

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Juha joined MB Funds in 2011 and is today Managing Partner of MB. Prior to that, he worked for A-Katsastus Group (a leading European vehicle inspection operator), being responsible for i.e. corporate strategy, business development, acquisitions, financial administration and international expansion and, during the past five years, as the Group CEO. He has a strong experience in leading service businesses and expanding them into the international markets. He has worked for both domestic and international private equity owned company and acted as fund investor as well. Juha holds an LL.M.

Aapo Eskelinen

Aapo Eskelinen

Partner

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Aapo joined MB Funds in May 2016. Prior to that, he worked 12 years with various transaction and business development projects in steel industry and in investment banking. In his latest role, Aapo worked four years as a Director, Mergers & Acquisitions at Rautaruukki Corporation and SSAB (a global special steel company). Before that he worked as a Partner at Summa Capital. He has also worked at ICECAPITAL corporate finance. Aapo holds a Master of Science (Economics) and CEMS MIM degrees.

Vesa Keränen

Vesa Keränen

Partner

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Vesa joined MB Funds in August 2016. Before that Vesa has worked more than 15 years in numerous international executive management positions - most recently as President of Building Technology division in Ensto Group (a leading European cleantech group). Prior to that he worked in Elcoteq Group in Finland and U.S. in several executive management roles i.e. as head of corporate development being responsible for group M&A and strategy, head of global sales and marketing and in several division head roles - and in U.K. as Managing Director of Regenersis Mobile. During his career Vesa has been responsible for numerous international M&A transactions as well as strategic renewals and international expansion of both manufacturing and service businesses. Vesa holds a Master of Science (Eng) degree.

Matti Mertsola

Matti Mertsola

Partner

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Matti has been involved in MB Funds' private equity investing almost from the very beginning. Prior to his current position, Matti was a director at MB Corporate Bank, in charge of buy-outs and related financial arrangements and advisory tasks. He has long experience in management consulting with Indevo Finland Oy and as president of an engineering office.

Eero Niiva

Eero Niiva

Partner

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Eero joined MB Funds in 2003. Prior to this he spent 18 years in the investment banking and corporate finance sector. Among other achievements, Eero launched corporate finance operations at Carnegie in Helsinki in 1995. His career has also included positions as corporate analyst at Mortgage Bank of Finland Ltd and a period of nine years at Postipankki in different positions, including over three years at the bank's Tokyo representative office.

Marko Palmunen

Marko Palmunen

Partner

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Marko joined MB Funds in September 2009. He previously worked in the Corporate Development department of Metso Corporation, with primary responsibilities in Group strategy and M&A. He has also held positions with Ernst & Young Financial Consulting, Ingersoll- Rand in the USA, Okobank and SVH Coopers & Lybrand in Finland. Marko has M.Sc.(Econ) from Helsinki School of Economics, and MBA from University of South Carolina.

Kari Rytkönen

Kari Rytkönen

Partner

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Kari has been involved in MB Funds' private equity activities from the beginning, being responsible primarily for contracts and legal affairs. He has participated in establishing all of MB's funds and is in charge of their management. Kari previously worked in international capital market operations at Mortgage Bank of Finland Ltd and subsequently at MB Corporate Bank, where his area of responsibility extended to the legal aspects of M&A and structured finance.

Kimmo Vanne

Kimmo Vanne

Partner

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Kimmo joined MB Funds in September 2015. Prior to that, he worked 11 years in transaction advisory businesses in EY and KPMG. In his latest role prior to joining MB team, he worked as a Director in EY’s Transaction Advisory Services where he was responsible for Commercial and Strategic Advisory Services in Finland. Kimmo has experience of over 200 transaction processes in different roles. Kimmo holds a Master of Science (Economics) and Master of Laws degrees.

Minna Heimonen

Minna Heimonen

Sustainability and communications manager

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Minna joined MB Funds in August 2018. Minna’s primary responsibilities include communications and sustainability (ESG) related tasks and development. In addition, Minna takes care of investor and regulatory reporting.

Minna joined MB Funds from Deloitte Finland, where she worked as senior consultant on sustainability and risk management. In Deloitte she gained broad experience in sustainability and corporate responsibility related topics, risk management and risk-based internal audit. In addition, Minna had special focus on ESG Due Diligence projects, sustainable finance topics as well as development of sustainability strategies and reporting. Minna holds a Master of Science (Economics) degree.

Sirpa Tuomainen

Sirpa Tuomainen

Assistant

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Sirpa has been with MB Funds since 1999. Sirpa takes care of day-to-day assistance and support at our office.

Jyrki Ivaska

Jyrki Ivaska

Systems Manager

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Jyrki has been at MB from the beginning. He is in charge of information systems and the follow-up of investee companies and investor reporting.