Mika Ahokas (b. 1980)
Chief Executive Officer
Mika Ahokas is the President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Dream Broker Corporation and Companies. Since the founding of the company, Mr. Ahokas has supported the company as an investor and an advisor. Before Dream Broker, Mr. Ahokas has operated as a specialist, chief executive, entrepreneur and investor in software industry growth companies. He has started his career in the 1990s with Valmet Aviation and Patria Corporation, in the field of military- and civil aviation industries. He has accomplished a military police training in the Special Forces unit of the military police with honors and excellence. He has been given merits and awards for his military service. Furthermore, he is a member of the Finnish Reserve Officers' Federation (FROF). The federation is a voluntary organisation dedicated to develop the skills and abilities of reserve officers, contribute to national defence and support the national security. The mission of the FROF is to maintain and improve the military skills, leadership abilities and readiness of the reserve officers. FROF also acts as a link between its member associations and between the individual reserve officers. The Federation is politically non-aligned.
In the beginning of his career he led multinational research projects for software business and technology industries and operated as a researcher, teacher and lecturer of the software business. Earlier in his career he has operated as a director of business development and operational excellence in software company QuestBack AS. Mr. Ahokas has been an active and influential person within software industry by holding multiple board and/or steering group positions of trust in associations, academy and businesses. He is still serving the community and ecosystem by holding the positions of trust in industry associations such as acting as an active member of the finance committee of the Federation of Technology Industries in Finland, giving the voice for small and medium sized enterprises. During the years 2007-2012 he operated among others, as board member of Finnish Software Entrepreneurs' Association, and in numerous other research and development initiatives under universities and governmental agencies, participating to their management teams and steering group activities between the years 2004-2012.
He has published research papers regarding the development of software and growth companies and written about financing of the technology and software companies. Mr. Ahokas holds a Master's Degree on Computer Science and Industrial Management from Helsinki University of Technology, majoring in Venturing in Digital Economy, with honors and the distinction. He is a Doctoral Candidate, authoring a PhD dissertation about growth and scalability of software companies in Aalto University.
Marjo Lindgren works as an executive assistant and as a personal assistant to the CEO. Marjo’s role is to assist the CEO and thus work closely with the Management Team. Marjo also participates and oversees several projects to ensure that decisions made are implemented throughout the organization as required by the CEO in accordance with the company’s vision and strategy. Marjo co-operates with all organizational functions and key stakeholders. Marjo has several years of experience in different kinds of executive assistant duties and human resource roles, and she also was preceding ten years as an international fashion chain manager. She has a business education, with a focus on leadership.
Sanni Koivuranta works as an executive assistant and personal assistant to the CEO. Sanni’s role is to support the CEO to successfully lead the management members and the whole organisation. She is an organiser who wants to take care that people she works with are able to bring the full potential out of them. Sanni cooperates with all the functions in the company and ensures that all the decisions are implemented according to the CEO’s instructions. Sanni holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sport Studies from Lapland University of Applied Sciences and has several years of experience among professional sports.
Kristiina Häkkinen (b. 1986)
Chief Financial Officer
Mrs. Häkkinen is head of Dream Broker’s Finance and Treasury and act as CEO’s right hand woman. Mrs. Häkkinen joined company in the beginning of 2013 as Assistant Business Controller but within the years Mrs. Häkkinen has taken full responsibility of company’s finance and financial management. The main responsibilities of Mrs. Häkkinen is finance and financial resources, financial reporting and analysis, accounting, investments, cash flow management, acquisitions, tax and regulatory reporting and compliance issues. She is responsible for company’s growth and profitability and setting up and coordinating finance operations in all Dream Broker’s companies across the Europe. The key responsibilities cover all areas from daily finance operations to company’s overall strategic financial management and coordination. Prior to joining Dream Broker Mrs. Häkkinen worked in the KPMG audit team and primarily served as an engagement manager in the audit teams within the financial services industry. Mrs. Häkkinen holds a Master of Economics degree from the Turku School of Economics.
Sami Siekkinen (b. 1976)
Chief Technology Officer
Mr. Siekkinen acts as the Chief Technology Officer. His responsibility is to ensure that the software development work, and architecture and technology choices support Dream Broker’s strategy and vision. Mr. Siekkinen has almost two decades of experience in software product engineering, development, architecture and maintenance. Mr. Siekkinen holds a Bachelor degree in Computer and Electronic Engineering from the Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
Kalle Valkama (b. 1986)
Vice President, Sales
Mr. Valkama heads Dream Broker’s sales operations. He is responsible for sales, including both new customer acquisition and customer management. In 2008–2011 Mr. Valkama was responsible for building Dream Broker’s domestic sales operations in Finland as Sales Director, having a central role in shaping Dream Broker’s direct sales model. As of 2012 Mr. Valkama has been developing Dream Broker’s internationalisation model and leading the expansion to new markets. Mr. Valkama holds a Bachelor’s degree in World Politics from the University of Helsinki.
Anne-Mari Janhonen (b. 1985)
Ms. Janhonen acts as General Counsel focusing on leading the legal function and ensuring effective execution and implementation of management activities. Her main responsibilities include risk management and supporting Dream Broker’s operative business by providing legal advice. Prior to joining Dream Broker in 2014, Ms. Janhonen worked in different law firms specialised in business law and insolvency. In addition, she has carried out a training period at Prosecutor’s Office of Helsinki. Ms. Janhonen holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Helsinki.
Samuli Ruuskanen (b. 1978)
Director, Business Development
Mr. Samuli Ruuskanen acts as Director, Business Development. His area of responsibility is to plan and execute marketing activities that support Dream Broker’s strategy and vision in the areas of product marketing, event marketing and online marketing, and new market activation. Mr. Ruuskanen has 10 years of international experience in business development, software business, innovation and entrepreneurship. Mr. Ruuskanen has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Helsinki University of Technology and supporting Master’s degree -level studies from EDHEC Business School, France.
Lauri Heikkilä (b. 1987)
Director, Technology & Customers
Mr. Heikkilä acts as the director of Dream Broker’s R&D and Customers functions. Mr. Heikkilä’s responsibilities include taking care of the company’s entire customer base, customer value and customer satisfaction, developing customer work and managing customer churn. In addition, Mr. Heikkilä leads the R&D product development unit. In 2015–2018 he worked in the company as Country Manager of Finland responsible for the Finnish sales, including new customer acquisition and customer management. In 2010–2015 Mr. Heikkilä worked in various sales roles in the company, for example as Head of Sales responsible of company’s new customer acquisition in Finland. Mr. Heikkilä holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Technology from the Aalto University School of Science.
Kati Suard (b. 1971)
Director, Customers Group Financial Controller
Mrs. Suard acts as the director of Dream Broker’s Customers business unit. Mrs. Suard’s responsibilities include taking care of the company’s entire customer base, customer value and customer satisfaction, developing customer management work and managing customer retention. She also acts as Dream Broker’s Group Financial Controller and is part of the management team in the finance department. Mrs. Suard has over 20 years of experience in various positions in finance. She has held positions in listed companies as well as start-up companies and growth companies in various stages. Mrs. Suard has a Master of Science degree in Economics from the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration.
Kaisa Sippola (b. 1988)
Director, Talent ManagementSenior Business Controller
Ms. Sippola acts as the Director, Talent Management. She is responsible for Dream Broker's recruitment and internal talent management -operations. Talent Management-unit's role is to strongly support company's business operations and future growth targets. Ms. Sippola also acts as Senior Business Controller and is part of the management team of the Finance and Administration-unit. She has worked at Dream Broker since 2014. Ms. Sippola holds a Master of Economics degree from the University of Vaasa.