Best known in business for his work as the Director of Stockmann Retail and member of Stockmann Group Management team, Jouko Pitkänen is the man who put the company’s new strategy into action and launched a 50-million-euro savings program. Stockmann has undoubtedly played a prominent part in Pitkänen’s life, and yet it is just one phase: he also has a notable past in dance sports, a new career in talent identification – and in a few years, he will also have a doctoral DBA-degree from Aalto EE.
Aalto Executive MBA
Aalto EMBA participant Pawel Koscianski, Production Director, TKH Kabeltechniek, Leszno concludes his experiences in the program: “From day one, we have been a group. People have different types of roles in their companies, but this isn’t a place for talking about that or comparing personal success, but about friendship on an equal footing.”
“I have added another layer to my knowledge”, describes Aalto EMBA participant Jacob Bojsen, General Manager, Luxottica, Singapore. “Also the network we have gained is an important element. Networking is definitely also one of the reasons I decided to attend the Aalto Executive Summit in Helsinki.”
Aalto EMBA participant Pauli Torikka, Director, Pulp Raw Materials, UPM, Finland says, that he wanted to be sure that the invested money and time would pay back."The themes and structure of the modules on the Aalto EMBA program seemed interesting, and have proven to be so in practice."
During his lectures, Dr. Mario Raich presents simple models that can be easily put into practice. At the Aalto Executive Summit in Helsinki, Raich’s module offered perspectives for talent development and management.
“To be honest, I didn’t even know about Aalto University or Finland that much before applying for the Aalto EMBA program. But when I began to look into it, I discovered that Finland is a leading country in education. I knew I’d made the right choice!” says Aalto EMBA participant Vivi Herawati Sim, Finance Manager, PT Thales, Indonesia.
Aalto EMBA participant Sabrina Ching-Mei Chang, Audit Supervisor, Long Chen Paper, Taiwan says that one reason why she chose Aalto EMBA was that she wanted to understand globalization and the internationalization of business also from outside Taiwan.
Enterprise Cloud Company ServiceNow’s Vice President of Asia Pacific and Japan, Aalto EE alumnus, James Fitzgerald has a 25-year rock-solid track record of considerable business achievement.
As economic sanctions are lifted, Iran abounds in new opportunities, which is a cause of joy for Iranian Aalto EMBA students. The students are already well versed in international business and entrepreneurship.
What were the impacts of the Executive MBA Program on strategic thinking, leadership, and salaries among participants? How did the program change them? Aalto EE and EMBA alumna Paula Salovaara surveyed 2014 graduates and explains the results and highlights of the program in this article.