Our international executive team is composed of outstanding leaders that collectively offer decades of industry experience, unrivalled expertise and a deep understanding of our customers’ needs. The team provides the oversight and vision that ensures Elisa Polystar delivers excellence to its customers, success to our business and a thriving culture for our employees.
Anssi Okkonen became CEO of Elisa Polystar in late 2020, having joined the board following the company’s acquisition by Elisa in 2019. He has extensive experience in the industry, gained from operators, contact center software business and new business development. Prior to joining Elisa Polystar, Anssi held the position of Vice President of Business Development for Elisa’s Corporate customer business.
Thomas Nilsson has over 20 years of experience from the telecommunication & IT industries. During his time in Elisa Polystar, he has held a number of management positions within the company, including Chief Technology Officer. As Chief Product Officer, Thomas oversees development of the entire Elisa Polystar product portfolio and outlines its strategy direction.
With over 25 years of experience in the Telco industry, Steve is an accomplished CEO who previously held executive and non-executive board roles in global companies, overseeing growth and exits. He served as CEO and board member of Norconsult Telematics, a telco services and software solution company with global operations, and played a crucial role in Aircom International’s global expansion from a few offices to 18, resulting in two exits.
Prashant Kumar is the Chief Innovation Officer for Elisa Polystar. In this role, he is responsible for exploring new concepts and directions for our portfolio. Previously, he was CTO and a co-founder of Cardinality Limited, and also held roles with service providers such as Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom, Hutchison, and AT&T. Prashant holds a Master’s degree from the LSE, focused on system design, and an undergraduate degree in software engineering.
Kirsi Valtari is EVP of automation and CMO at Elisa Polystar. She has spent the majority of her career in the telecom industry, developing software-based businesses, telecom operations, and technologies. With a strong technology and operations background, Kirsi has succeeded with developing several new businesses. Today, Kirsi’s team is combining AI, network engineering and software to implement world-class telco software for mobile operators.
Mikko Pokkinen was appointed to the position of Head of Worldwide Sales for Elisa Polystar in 2022. Previously, he held international sales management positions in APAC and Central Europe, covering the networking, OSS and BSS domains. Mikko built his leadership and sales experience from engagements with companies such as Nokia Networks and Amdocs, and uses deep understanding of the customer’s business to deliver value.
Katja Forss-Ormio is an experienced CFO, having held leadership positions within the ICT industry for more than 20 years. Her roles have covered finance, business planning, and operations in international companies. Prior to joining Elisa Polystar, Katja held roles in Microsoft, KPNQwest and EUnet, and most recently at Elisa as VP Finance and CFO for Elisa Videra, another Elisa group company.
Jan Öhman co-founded OSIX AB in 1998, and was the company CEO until early 2011. Having spent 3.5 years’ as COO and Deputy CEO at another fast-growing software company, Jan re-joined Elisa Polystar in September 2014. As the CIO, Jan has overall responsibility for Legal and IT issues, including information security, and is a member of the Management Committee.
Niklas Berglind has over 18 years’ of experience in the telecommunication industry. During his tenure, he has held several senior management positions, such as Product Manager and Senior Systems Manager. Today, Niklas is Executive Vice President of Development, holding responsibility for the development and maintenance of Elisa Polystar’s products.
Georgios Baltoglou joined Elisa Polystar’s Management Committee in 2022. Combining deep technical and business expertise with more than 15 years’ of experience in the telecom and IT sectors, Georgios has held key positions in the services department since 2013. As Executive Vice President of Services, Georgios oversees all service deliveries. In this role, he pursues operational excellence and outstanding customer satisfaction, and that customers secure the most value from our solution portfolio.
Thomas Rowland has more than 25 years’ experience in the telecom industry, having begun his carrier with Ericsson in 1993 as an engineer. He held a number of roles during two periods of tenure with Ericsson, both in Sweden and also in overseas locations. Thomas joined Elisa Polystar in 2007. Since then, he has occupied several positions, spanning Professional Services, Operations and Finance, before assuming his current role in 2020.
Eva Hols is Head of HR for Elisa Polystar, a position she has held since 2016. She is an experienced HR executive, having spent more than 30 years in a wide range of international roles. Her experience spans multinationals, such as Reuters, Motorola, Bull and AC Nielsen, as well as specialist IT companies. Eva studied Human Resources and Labour Relations at Stockholm University, is qualified as an International NLP Master Trainer, as well as an International LAB Trainer, and is also a certified ICC Coach.