05 July 2017

Introducing our newest Wunderer, and Chairman Heikki Halme

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Greetings everyone, I’m Heikki, the newest member of the Wunder family and Chairman of the board at Wunder. As you might already know, Wunder and Korona Invest Fund recently joined forces to help Wunder continue on their growth path. I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the Wunder team, our clients, and beyond.

Who am I?

Originally, I’m a mathematician from Finland who turned into a software guy. I haven’t been coding for a while, but I guess I could still show you developers a trick or two ;-).

In short though, I could be described as a growth addict. Previously, as CEO and Chairman of the Board at ICT services company Solita, I helped to grow the company from 0 to 27M€ turnover whilst maintaining its profitability – my greatest professional achievement prior to this new adventure.

Whilst I enjoy helping great companies like Wunder to grow, there’s no intrinsic value in growth without the why. In fact, I enjoyed reading Joonas Kiminki’s recent blog post, as it clearly highlighted the company’s reason for growing. For me, life is naturally a learning process and we learn new things all the time – consciously and unconsciously. What’s important to me is that while we all grow as a company, every one of us will have more opportunities for personal growth.

When I look at my children, I often think: what will the future hold for them? With all the technology at our disposal, I think people all over the world will interact more with each other and simultaneously promote peace and understanding. A more unified Europe is a goal I’d like to support. In its being, Wunder brings people from different countries closer together. Our multi-nationality also gives us more opportunities to grow our business and to cherish one another’s native cultures and languages!

So what’s in store for Wunder?

Profitability, as with many companies like us, is high on the agenda as it gives us freedom to explore our options for the future. In order to continue generating profit, we need to keep employee satisfaction levels high which naturally translates into excellent customer service for our customers. My role, and that of the board’s, will be to oversee the operations of the company to encourage this through strategic decisions.

For now though, it’s Kesäloma in Finland (summer holidays) which means I’m about to enjoy the rare moments of sunshine we get throughout July. On my return I will be visiting all of our offices to speak with everyone, understand people’s expectations, and hear new ideas our team members might have. I’m really looking forward to it!

I have to admit though, I already feel very welcome following discussions with the management and speaking with some members of the wider team. My expectations have already been exceeded: we have a great company culture and exceptional people in our team – an asset I’m certain many companies like us don’t have!

Summer is absolutely the best time to be in Finland, and as a proof I took a picture from my backyard for you. The sun is shining and you can see the lake Pyhäjärvi which is just 30 meters away. That’s where I go swimming almost daily. But come November everything is just the opposite. It’s rainy, freezing cold and extremely dark. I can send you another picture then, so you can all feel sorry for me…and every Finn ;-).
Summer is absolutely the best time to be in Finland, and as a proof I took a picture from my backyard for you. The sun is shining and you can see the lake Pyhäjärvi which is just 30 meters away. That’s where I go swimming almost daily. But come November everything is just the opposite. It’s rainy, freezing cold and extremely dark. I can send you another picture then, so you can all feel sorry for me…and every Finn ;-).

 

So in summary these are my three reasons for joining Wunder:

  • Excellent company culture
  • International operations
  • And ability, and hunger, for growth

I wish everyone a nice, relaxing summer and I look forward to meeting you all soon!

 

Heikki