Riina Viitala to lead Aalto EE’s Asia Pacific operations

Riina Viitala starts heading the Aalto EE APAC office.


Aalto University Executive Education (Aalto EE) appointed Dr. Riina Viitala as Executive Director, Asia Pacific, from March onwards. Anu Sirkiä, who has headed Asia-Pacific operations for the past two years, will be returning to Finland to focus on building new business operations and partnerships.

I am fortunate when a strong, highly qualified director has created a solid foundation for another director of the same caliber, supported by a great team in the area. We expect growth to continue in the Asia-Pacific region also in the future, describes Managing Director, Professor of Practice Pekka Mattila.  

At a current share of 80 per cent, the majority of Aalto EEs management team have been women for quite some time.

Aalto EE supports women on their leadership paths also in its own programs. In Finland, the share of women taking part in programs was 47 per cent last year, a similar level as the year before.

The proportion of women taking part in the Aalto MBA program, for instance, has increased by a few percentage points. However, a clear drop was evident in the Aalto Executive MBA program in Helsinki, where the share of women decreased by 10 percentage points compared to the previous year. The EMBA program is arranged in seven different locations; at present, Taiwan has a slight majority of women (52%) and the share is over 30 per cent also in Iran.

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Pekka Mattila
Group Managing Director, Professor of Practice
Aalto University Executive Education Ltd
Tel.: +358 (0)40 738 7221

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