Meet our new colleagues – Martin Plukka and Marko Helistekangas

We are happy to announce two additions to our team!

Martin Plukka joined VALOR as a trainee in August 2022. Previously he worked at Cesim Oy developing business simulations. In the fall, Martin will start studying in the master’s program in Finance at Aalto University. Martin has worked in analytical positions ranging from business management simulations to a research paper.

Marko Helistekangas joined VALOR as a management consultant in August 2022. Before this, he worked as a global consultant at McKinsey & Company and as a strategy analyst at RELEX Solutions. Marko is by nature a generalist, and he has wide experience of different assignments from a variety of industries in many markets around the world.

We had an opportunity to chat a little with our new team members.

What are you most excited about your new position at VALOR?

Marko: I’m most excited about getting to know my new colleagues and working with them. I’m also very much looking forward to completing my first VALOR project with the client’s management team. The project is about post-merger integration in a stock listed company. I’m also happy that VALOR values a sustainable balance between work and leisure.

Martin: I’m excited to start working with the team and learning from experienced colleagues. I hope I get to see multiple industries and the whole life cycle of the projects.

What was your favorite moment this summer?

Martin: My favorite moment this summer was graduating from Mercer University. It was a great feeling to finish one chapter and continue the journey in Finland and get back to my family and friends.

Marko: Visiting a summer cottage in Kuusamo with my cousins. During the day, we built the terrace, and during the evening we relaxed by fishing, picking cloudberries and using the sauna.