Heljo Laukkala from Metso is chosen as Security Director of the Year

Aalto University Professional Development (Aalto PRO) and the Finnsecurity Association have named Heljo Laukkala, VP, Corporate Risk Management of Metso Corporation, as Security Director of the Year.


The award, which is being granted for the second time, is presented to an accomplished director who promotes safety and security expertise in Finland.

- Heljo Laukkala has wide experience of security and risk management. Laukkala, who fulfills the criterion of the prize exceptionally well, has actively and constructively participated in the development of Finnish security training, sums up jury member Anna-Maija Ahonen, Program Manager from Aalto PRO.

Laukkala is active in Finnish risk management and safety associations, as well as being a member of the Steering Group of the Diploma in Safety and Security Management Program. He has been employed by Metso Corporation since 2002, where he has led the risk management organization since 2004. Before then, he worked for employers such as the Finnish Defence Forces.

The selection criteria for the Security Director of the Year award emphasize high performance in challenging management tasks, and having a comprehensive and strategic grasp of security.

- In addition, the person selected must have been an active security player in his or her organization, or in the sector in general. He or she has reinforced the strategic importance of security operations and contributed to the development of security sector expertise in Finland, says Joona Vuorenpää, Executive Director of Finnsecurity.

The jury consisted of Senior Program Manager Anna Maija Ahonen from Aalto PRO, Executive Director Joona Vuorenpää and Chairman Arto Kangas of the Finnsecurity Association, and Mika Susi, Chief Policy Adviser of the Confederation of Finnish Industries.

Additional information

Anna-Maija Ahonen
Program Director, Aalto PRO
Telephone +358 50 307 4934

Heljo Laukkala
VP, Corporate Risk Management
Metso Corporation
Telephone +358 40 8617298

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