Best known in business for his work as the Director of Stockmann Retail and member of Stockmann Group Management team, Jouko Pitkänen is the man who put the company’s new strategy into action and launched a 50-million-euro savings program. Stockmann has undoubtedly played a prominent part in Pitkänen’s life, and yet it is just one phase: he also has a notable past in dance sports, a new career in talent identification – and in a few years, he will also have a doctoral DBA-degree from Aalto EE.
“Hang on, I’ll just back up my car.” A beeping sound carries down the phone line, as Kai Rönnberg sets for his journey to work. He has promised to talk about the fall semester at the same time, which he has found interesting but busy. A business trip to Australia messed up his calendar, and it has taken some time to get back to normal.
Aalto EMBA participant Pawel Koscianski, Production Director, TKH Kabeltechniek, Leszno concludes his experiences in the program: “From day one, we have been a group. People have different types of roles in their companies, but this isn’t a place for talking about that or comparing personal success, but about friendship on an equal footing.”
“I have added another layer to my knowledge”, describes Aalto EMBA participant Jacob Bojsen, General Manager, Luxottica, Singapore. “Also the network we have gained is an important element. Networking is definitely also one of the reasons I decided to attend the Aalto Executive Summit in Helsinki.”
Aalto EMBA participant Pauli Torikka, Director, Pulp Raw Materials, UPM, Finland says, that he wanted to be sure that the invested money and time would pay back."The themes and structure of the modules on the Aalto EMBA program seemed interesting, and have proven to be so in practice."