VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland appoints new VP sales and customer partnerships


Timo Kakkonen has been appointed as VTT’s VP, sales and customer partnerships starting from 1 July 2022. He has a proven track record in leading and developing multi-team sales organisations and has successfully been leading one of VTT’s Sales teams since 2020.

“Timo has a wide and successful experience in leading and developing sales and people. He quickly adapted into VTT and has shown his ability to drive business while keeping true to VTT’s values. Timo’s experience in the new CRM-launch, with user experience focus, was also a contributing factor when choosing the best candidate for this position. I wish Timo all the best in the new role and am confident we’ll continue on our sustainable growth agenda,” says EVP, commercial operations Marko Koistila.

“We have been able to take steps forward in commercial ways of working in the past years. In sales we will of course continue to further develop seamless co-operation with research areas, and our main focus will be in our customers. We will be able to create more customer impact when we work more tightly together with our customers and aim to understand their business better. The new CRM will help us improve customer centricity and renew our sales processes,” says Timo Kakkonen. “I’m extremely excited and humble in front of this new challenge and promise to ensure that in sales unit we will have absolutely great atmosphere with “can do” attitude, where people really love to work. With happy people who are passionate to sell, we will be able to deliver the expected sales targets also in the future,” he continues.

The position of VP, sales and customer partnership became open in the beginning of June and VTT received more than 60 applications.

”We received a large number of quality applications and went through an extensive interview-process with Antti Vasara interviewing the final candidates. It is great to see that so many people with commercial experience find VTT an attractive place to work,” Marko Koistila says.

Caption: Timo Kakkonen, new VP, sales and customer partnership at VTT (photo: VTT)

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