Aalto EE’s role as a partner of the public sector is highlighted by Tuula-Riitta Markkanen’s appointment as Business Unit Director

Tuula-Riitta Markkanen (D.Sc. (Econ. & Bus.Adm.)) has been appointed as a Business Unit Director within Aalto University Executive Education (Aalto EE) with effect from 1 December 2018. She will focus on her new role in the management of public sector and its ecosystems, as well as hybrid operating models for the public and private sectors.


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The appointment will strengthen Aalto EE’s position as a partner of public sector organizations. Aalto EE has trained thousands of leaders and experts in the sector through programs such as the Aalto Executive MBA and MBA, KuntaJOKO, and the Healthcare Management Education Program. The company has also implemented its own, tailor-made Aalto Executive MBA programs for the cities of Helsinki and Espoo. The latest new development was a public-private partnership program concentrating on business expertise and operating in a multi-producer model, which began this fall. This program was created as part of the pilot training program jointly developed by Transformation Academy and five universities.

"Tuula-Riitta Markkanen is an excellent addition to our team at a time when there is a growing need for dialogue between the public and private sectors, and the public finances are facing a number of pressures to reform. I also believe that the Nordic welfare state is an export product in the area of management development within the public sector," says Pekka Mattila, Group Managing Director for Aalto EE and Professor of Practice at Aalto University.

A specialist in strategy work, strategic communication and systemic thinking, Tuula-Riitta Markkanen will join the company from her former post of Project Director of Transformation Academy within the Prime Minister’s Office. She has worked on transformation and development processes in international companies and the public sector for more than twenty years.

Tuula-Riitta Markkanen has a D.Sc. in Economics and Business Administration, and an M.Sc. in International business from the Aalto University (former Helsinki School of Economics). She also has a Design Management degree providing her with expertise in strategy visualization and a Master's degree focusing on Art History from the University of Helsinki.

Further information

Pekka Mattila
D.Soc.Sc., Group Managing Director, Professor of Practice
Aalto University Executive Education Ltd
Telephone: +358 40 738 7221

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