Aalto EE and Darden Executive Education are partnering to deliver world-class Leadership Development Programs


The first joint endeavour will be the design and delivery of the Senior Executive Program for top executives in the summer of 2017. It is a rare global example of two prominent institutions collaborating in bringing their strengths together and creating an open leadership development program for senior executives.

Darden School of Business is one of the world’s leading business schools and Darden Executive Education is ranked as number 4 globally in the open-enrolment category in the Financial Times rankings, with faculty ranked #1 in teaching and curriculum design. Aalto EE is an established executive education provider in the Nordic countries with growing operations in the Baltics, Asia-Pacific and Middle East. Its programs are ranked 37th among thousands of providers in the respective ranking,

“At Aalto EE we always seek the best partners for each purpose, and in the domain of executive leadership Darden is an ideal match. Their long tradition of innovative methods and holistic approach has a perfect match with Aalto EE’s strengths, e.g. innovation and design management. In this joint program both the participant and faculty profile will be truly international” says Dr. Pekka Mattila, Group Managing Director of Aalto EE.

“The unique combination of disciplines, global faculty and distinctive teaching methods will make the program stand out from the other available offerings and make it a transformative experience with a long-term impact both on participants’ professional and personal life“, adds Dr. Riina Viitala, Associate Director, Customized Solutions, Aalto EE and Program Director for the Senior Executive Program.

The program will be delivered in two inspiring locations; in the midst of the stunning beauty of Nordics’ archipelago and in Darden Grounds – an award-winning oasis of learning, designed to echo Thomas Jefferson's Academic Village in Charlottesville, Virginia, US.

Further information:

Dr. Riina Viitala
Associate Director, Customized Solutions and Program Director for Senior Executive Program
Aalto University Executive Education Ltd
Tel. +358 50 384 2571

Dr. Pekka Mattila
Group Managing Director, Professor of Practice
Aalto University Executive Education Ltd
Tel. +358 40 738 7221

Aalto University Executive Education Ltd

Aalto University Executive Education Ltd offers high-quality leadership development services (Aalto EE), professional development services for specialists and managers (Aalto PRO) and creative solutions covering the whole life cycle of entrepreneurship (Aalto ENT). Aalto University brings to our offering a multidisciplinary approach, together with innovative learning methods; this provides a unique combination of practical expertise with the latest research.

Aalto University Executive Education’s strengths lie in its global operating model and diverse offering. In addition to Finland and Singapore, Aalto University Executive Education offers education programs in China, Indonesia, Iran, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan and the Baltic countries. As a part of Aalto University, it holds three respected business university accreditations – AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS – which places it among the top 0.5% of institutions in the world.

University of Virginia Darden School of Business

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business delivers the world’s best business education experience to prepare entrepreneurial, global and responsible leaders through its MBA, Ph.D. and Executive Education programs. Darden’s top-ranked faculty is renowned for teaching excellence and advances practical business knowledge through research. Darden was established in 1955 at the University of Virginia, a top public university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Darden Executive Education

Darden Executive Education is a top-ranked, global provider of executive development. Delivered by the University of Virginia Darden School Foundation and taught by the Darden School of Business’ highly acclaimed faculty, Darden Executive Education prepares and inspires leaders to succeed in a global marketplace. Offering more than 30 short courses and partnering with leading organizations worldwide to develop custom business solutions, Darden Executive Education provides personalized, transformational learning experiences at Darden Grounds in Charlottesville, Virginia, in Washington, D.C., and online. Darden shapes the way the world does business through our research — energized by 10 research Centers of Excellence — and draws upon our collective knowledge and experience to cultivate responsible, innovative leaders.