The super-talented people of ZenRobotics would all certainly deserve to be introduced here! However, as we are oh-so supa scared that you would try to steal them, we’ll only do the corporate thing, and give you a brief introduction to our management and Board of Directors. And don’t you go recruiting them either!
Juho Malmberg, Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Malmberg is an accomplished leader for strong growth. He maintains a sharp focus on customer orientation and global delivery for the whole ZenRobotics team. In his previous positions Mr. Malmberg has acted as e.g. the Managing Director of Accenture Finland and Executive VP of Customer Experience and Member of the Executive Board, KONE Corporation (NASDAQ OMX: KNEBV).
Rainer Rehn, Chief Commercialization Officer. Mr. Rehn is a serial entrepreneur in the field of clean tech. He has been the developer and the driving force in no less than eight companies, including Weima Finland (now XO Group Ltd). Prior to ZenRobotics, Mr. Rehn worked as VP of Sales at BMH Enviro Ltd., and at ZenRobotics he leads product commercialization.
Tuomas J. Lukka, Founder, Chief Scientist, PhD in quantum chemistry at the age of 20 from the University of Helsinki. Consequently worked in the USA, having received the respected Harvard Junior Fellowship. Before founding ZenRobotics, Dr. Lukka has led a research group at the University of Jyväskylä, and commercialized high technology at Hybrid Graphics Ltd.
Jufo Peltomaa, Founder, VP of Marketing. Previously a successful marketing professional with a number of international awards under his black belt, Mr. Peltomaa is a serial entrepreneur who has founded multiple successful companies, including Hybrid Graphics Ltd., later acquired by NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA).
Harri Valpola, Founder, Principal Scientist, Academy of Finland Research Fellow, PhD in machine learning from the Helsinki University of Technology. Dr. Valpola’s Previous experience includes working as a researcher at the internationally acclaimed University of Zurich AI Lab, and in two Academy of Finland’s Centres of Excellence. Dr. Valpola is experienced in neurobiology, machine learning, and robotics. Valpola leads ZenRobotics’s Adaptive Picking team.
Timo Taalas, VP, Research and Development. An engineering leader, and a coder at heart, Mr. Taalas has more than two decades of experience in research and development. Previously an engineering director at GE Healthcare (NYSE: GE), he managed over two hundred engineers all over the globe.
Mika Nieminen, VP, Product Management. An operations and business development executive with a strategic outlook, Mr. Nieminen brings to ZenRobotics 25 years of experience in international technology business. He has worked for the likes of Nokia Robotics, Nextrom, and Nokia Networks, both in Finland and abroad. Prior to ZenRobotics he worked as Head of Product Management, Operations at Nokia Siemens Networks (NASDAQ: NOK).
The Board of Directors
Jorma Eloranta, Chairman of the Board. The former President and CEO of Metso Corporation (NASDAQ OMX: MXCYY), Mr. Eloranta is well-known for his contribution to the development of Finnish industry, both as an industrialist and through his numerous positions of trust, e.g. in the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries and the Confederation of Finnish Industries. During his career of more than 30 years, Mr. Eloranta has headed e.g. Patria Industries and Kvaerner Masa-Yards. In addition to chairing ZenRobotics, he is currently e.g. also the Chairman of Board of Neste Oil (net sales 2011 EUR 15.4 billion, NASDAQ OMX: NES1V).
Wassim Sacre, Board Member. Mr. Sacre is a Managing Director at Invus, a global firm investing evergreen capital into transformational opportunities with the potential for extraordinary business performance. He previously worked at Booz & Company and Goldman Sachs, advising clients in Europe on a variety of strategic and operational topics.
Benedetto Staccia, Board Member. Mr. Staccia is a Director at Invus, a global firm investing evergreen capital into transformational opportunities with the potential for extraordinary business performance. Prior to Invus, he was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in Italy.
Timo Ahopelto Board Member. Mr. Ahopelto has a unique track record of product creation, sales, marketing and fund raising in the health and digital media industries. He was the founding CEO of CRF Health, the global leader in eDiaries for clinical trials. As Blyk’s Head of Strategy, Timo was responsible for its ad business, country expansion and funding.
Marko Walavaara, Board Member. Mr Walavaara is the Environment, Health and Safety Director of Stena Recycling Oy – the Finnish company of the Stena Metall Group offering recycling and waste management solutions. Mr. Walavaara’s career of two decades spans e.g. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, and Pöyry Environment. along with a number of positions of trust in organizations related to recycling.
Jufo Peltomaa, Board Member, Founder, VP of Marketing. Previously a successful marketing professional with a number of international awards under his black belt, Mr. Peltomaa is a serial entrepreneur who has founded multiple successful companies, including Hybrid Graphics Ltd., later acquired by NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA).