Pekka Soini is the Director General, CEO of Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation. Prior to his current position at Tekes, he headed the Corporate Development Office (CDO) at Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) and was the Country Director for Finland and a member of the Executive Management Team. Prior to his position as the Head of Corporate Development he headed NSN Strategy and Business Development.
Prior the merger, in Nokia Networks, Pekka Soini was the Head for Strategy & Technology unit. He joined Nokia in 1987 and held several global business management positions within Nokia Networks, such as the Head of Radio Networks Business Unit, and prior to that the Head of Broadband Wireless business alongside System & Business Development activities. Pekka Soini has been stationed five years in the US where he was the VP of M&S of Nokia Telecommunications, and two years in Paris, France where he was heading the Nokia Telecommunications team in the European Cellular Consortium Program. He was also a member of the Board of the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries during the years 2010 – 2012. Pekka Soini is a member in several governmental and business councils and boards including the Research and Innovation Council of Finland chaired by the Prime Minister and a board member of the Technology Academy Finland. Pekka Soini was born in Finland in 1960. He holds a M.Sc. in Control Engineering from the University of Oulu.