Our Team

Henrikki Palva

+358 40 514 9946

Since establishing VALOR, Henrikki has been the managing partner responsible for the daily management of the firm and actively participating in advisory work. He has been in the advisory business since 1996: at Carta Corporate Advisors (currently part of Booz) 1996-1998 and founding partner at Nordic Adviser Group 1998-2011. Prior to his consulting career, Henrikki was responsible for corporate planning at Amer Sports and especially the entry into winter sports business.

Henrikki has extensive experience across industries and strategic issues related to growth, operational improvement and M&A. Geographically the assignments have stretched from Far-East Asia to North America. Henrikki has a special interest in corporate strategy, ownership issues and M&A.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Management from the Helsinki University of Technology.

Henrikki is the father of four children. Combining intensive consulting work with family life does not often leave much spare time. However, skiing, boating, travelling and enjoying the atmosphere at their country house are excellent opportunities to relax and spend time as a family.

Matti Saarikoski

+358 50 649 10

Matti has worked in management consulting since 1996 and was a co-founder of Nordic Adviser Group, a predecessor to VALOR, in 1998. Matti has worked in a wide range of assignments, typically relating to strategy, M&A, and ownership issues.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Finance from Helsinki School of Economics (currently part of Aalto University).

Outside of the office, Matti enjoys outdoor activities and training his Bracco, an Italian pointing dog.

Antti Halonen

+358 50 577 3180

Antti has worked as a management consultant since 2005, and been a Partner at VALOR since 2011. Before VALOR, he worked as a software developer in the financial sector. Antti has extensive experience in strategy, M&A, market research and business development assignments. He is a highly respected expert in ICT and media industries. Antti holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from Helsinki University of Technology.

Outside work Antti enjoys spending time with his family and friends. Sports, such as biking, floorball and skiing are among Antti’s favorite free time hobbies. If there is enough snow, you may even find Antti making his commute by skiing.

Harri Rauhala

+358 400 818 070

Harri started his career in management consulting in 1998. Prior to joining VALOR in 2013, Harri spent 12 years abroad in London and Johannesburg. Six of those years were spent as a Chief Strategy Officer for a €1bn turnover mobile operator.

Harri is currently a Partner at VALOR. His areas of expertise include strategy formulation and implementation, with a deep knowledge of telecom. He holds a Master’s Degree from Helsinki School of Economics, and an MBA from the U.S.

Harri is a keen cyclist, and judging by the amount of bikes he owns, about to start a bike shop. During the winter, his cycling helmet makes way for a ski helmet, as Harri enjoys skiing and outdoor activies with his family.

Raine Vammelvirta

+358 44 289 2294

Raine has worked as management consultant since 2007, and been a Partner at VALOR since 2011. Before VALOR, he worked as equity analyst in the financial sector. Raine’s areas of expertise include operational improvement, growth related items, and implementation. Outside of Finland, Raine has worked intensively in Sweden. He has extensive experience in the ICT, energy, and manufacturing industries.

Raine holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from Helsinki University of Technology.

Outside work, Raine enjoys a vast variety of sports from telemark to kitesurfing. When not with his family or engaging in sports, you can find him sailing, or perhaps fishing.

Jussi Ailisto

+358 40 687 0743

Jussi joined VALOR Partners in 2015. Prior to joining VALOR, Jussi worked in international management consulting for 4 years, where he was responsible of key clients and acted as a project leader. Jussi has worked for a number of industries, especially in the finance, healthcare and FMCG sectors. Jussi’s fields of expertise lie in strategy implementation processes, such as performance management and PMO activities. He also has experience in strategy formulation projects, as well as market analysis. Jussi has an MBA from UNCG (NC, USA) with honors, and a Master’s of Science in Economics from the University of Oulu. The focus of his studies was in management and finance.

Outside office hours, Jussi enjoys spending a lot of time on sports, either playing football or floorball himself, or following professional sports on TV. Jussi also has a passion for playing the guitar, but unfortunately, zero talent.

Harri Wahlberg

+358 40 722 5484

Harri has worked in management, business development, and consulting positions for over 20 years. He has been responsible for projects related particularly to business strategies, operating models, services, and new business and innovation development. Harri’s special area of interest is the customer perspective in business development. Before Valor, he most recently worked as a management consultant at Eera and CEO of the advertising agency Creator Grey. Harri has a Master’s Degree in Accounting from Helsinki School of Economics.

Outside work Harri enjoys fishing, hunting, and bodyweight training.

Aappo Kontu

+358 44 425 2210

Aappo has extensive experience in industrial services, mainly in the energy, telecom, and process industries. From 1999 to 2012, he acted as founder, CEO, and minority owner of Empower Group Oy. Prior to that, he acted as CTO in the power company Pohjolan Voima Oy and the grid company Teollisuuden Voimansiirto Oy, as well as Head of Engineering (electric) in Teollisuuden Voima Oy. Today, Aappo is a board member in several engineering, telecom, and food industry companies.

Aappo holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering from Tampere University of Technology. He has also completed post graduate studies in Power Systems (Westinghouse USA), and has attended many management schools in Finland, such as JOKO, LIFIM, and SLA.

Aappo’s long-term goal is to run as many 42 km marathons as possible, and with over 20 completed runs he is well on his way. He also enjoys indoor cross-country skiing, as well as farming, forestry, and lazy summer-cottage-living by the sea.

Seppo Ruohonen

+358 50 363 5040

Seppo is an energy sector specialist of a very high standing. He was given the Finnish honorary title of Energianeuvos by the president of the republic in 2011. Before joining VALOR as Senior Advisor in 2012, he spent 12 years as CEO of Helsingin Energia. Previously, he acted as Executive Vice President of Fingrid Oyj, and CEO of industrial energy company Teollisuuden Voimansiirto Oy. He has also held multiple board memberships in major energy companies in Finland. Seppo has a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology.

Outside work Seppo enjoys golfing, hunting, and music.

Jonas Seemer

+358 50 564 9846

Jonas joined VALOR in the summer of 2015, prior to which he worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company and as a founder of a social buying and sports analysis startup. During his career as a consultant, Jonas has garnered experience in strategy and M&A, particularly in the media, transportation and telecom sectors. He also serves a number of clients in the public sector. Jonas holds a MSc from Aalto University School of Economics.

Whilst orange courts and green sneakers have largely had to make way for black loafers and pin-striped suits, Jonas’ passion for sports has persisted. He is still an avid tennis player, enthusiastic runner, and burgeoning golfer. When on holiday, Jonas can most commonly be spotted on transit at airports or on transatlantic flights, which Jonas finds the most enjoyable parts of a trip.

Olli Kaijalainen

+358 50 3482093

Olli joined the firm in early 2015, first as a trainee, and continued as a consultant thereafter. Prior to joining VALOR, Olli worked in investment banking at Access Partners, and digital consulting at Magenta Advisory. He has worked in number of industries – especially for energy, healthcare, and consumer products sectors. Olli’s fields of expertise lay in M&A, organic growth, and digitalization engagements. He has also garnered experience in projects related to strategy implementation, investment decision and market analysis. Olli holds a Master of Science degree from Aalto University School of Business. The focus of his studies was on finance, accounting, and strategic marketing.

 Outside office hours, Olli follows his passion for music through his role as a singer-songwriter-producer in a music project. Olli can also be found on the tennis court – beating Jonas.

Timo Luukkainen

Timo has worked in international general management positions at UPM, ABB, General Motors, and Hyster, and most recently as CEO of Ensto Group. He has worked in France for several years, and is a board member in a number of Finnish and French companies. Timo holds an MBA from IMD (Switzerland), a B.Sc. from Helsinki School of Economics and an M.Sc.  from Helsinki University of Technology. He is fluent in French, English, Swedish and Finnish, and conversant in German.

In addition to his strong general management track record, his experience covers M&A, reorganization and profit improvement, and growth strategy implementation in several countries. He has solid experience in modern energy efficiency of buildings, and has worked as Chairman of the Board in Electrical Vehicle Charging company.

He lives in France but visits Finland on a regular basis, usually spending the summers in Finland. Timo’s hobbies include hunting and outdoor activities with his dogs, as well as swimming, skiing, golf, and tending to his farm. He is a keen reader and, together with his wife, organizes annual art exhibitions at their gallery.

Klaus Castrén

+358407630506

Klaus joined VALOR as a consultant in 2016. Prior to that, he worked at the strategy and M&A consultancy NAG, and in the supply chain and operations advisory team of EY. Klaus’ field of expertise lies in performance improvement. He also has experience in market analysis, strategy development, and project portfolio management, to name a few. Klaus has project experience in varied industries such as transportation and logistics, the food industry, mining and minerals, and the energy sector. Klaus holds a MSc degree from Aalto University’s Industrial Engineering and Management, where he majored in Operations and Service Management, and minored in Operations Research.

Once a promising junior golfer, his interests have since moved on to all kinds of mountain-related activities. You might see him either hitting the powder or climbing a via ferrata in the Austrian alps – or perhaps more likely just planning his next trip.

Valtteri Itäranta

040 867 5444

Valtteri joined VALOR in 2015 and has since attained consulting experience especially in M&A and business development. Prior to VALOR, Valtteri was engaged with strategy creation and digital service productization at Outotec. Valtteri holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Aalto University School of Business.

Outside the office, Valtteri feels at home at rough seas and tries to grasp every opportunity to go sailing.

Vertti Ikonen

+358 50 3727 933

Vertti joined VALOR’s team in 2017 as a consultant. Prior to joining VALOR Vertti, worked in investment banking at Aventum Partners and in management consulting at Capgemini Consulting. Vertti has familiarized himself with various industries through different projects in Finland and abroad. His fields of expertise lay in M&A, enterprise architecture, digital transformation and strategy. Vertti holds a Master’s degree from Aalto University School of Business. The focus of his studies was on finance, accounting and entrepreneurship.

During his free time Vertti enjoys various sports from hiking to golf, as well as travelling to remote destinations. Cooking and eating are also dear hobbies for Vertti.

Teemu Sirén

+358 40 8417 021

Teemu joined VALOR in early 2018. Prior joining VALOR, he worked as a Senior Consultant at Korn Ferry Hay Group, a global management consulting firm that focuses on people and organization development, at both their Helsinki and London offices. There he gained experience through complex reward development and organization design projects, as well as internal development initiatives. Teemu worked at their Helsinki and London offices.

Teemu’s greatest strengths as a consultant are analytical thinking, business acumen, and a drive to innovate new ways and solutions to clients’ problems and challenges. Teemu holds a MSc degree from Tampere University of Technology’s industrial engineering and management program.

In his free time, Teemu often finds himself engaging in sports or travelling. He likes to participate in all kinds of sporting events in which he can challenge himself. Lately, Teemu has focused on training at the gym, running, football, and a variety of endurance sports.

Samuli Syrjänen

+358 40 708 8613

Samuli started his professional career at Metso in 2004, after which he worked at a leading global management consulting firm, BearingPoint, for over six years. Prior to joining VALOR in 2018, Samuli held several leadership positions at a €2bn turnover construction company Lemminkäinen (now part of YIT), as well as a group management team position at a leading international bakery wholesaler.

His areas of expertise include strategy formulation and implementation, supply chain, and operational excellence, with a deep, hands-on knowledge of change management initiatives, in both growth, and efficiency improvement situations. Geographically, Samuli has a vast amount of global operational experience, and in the last years his business responsibilities have focused on Eastern trade, as well as Russia. He holds a Master’s Degree from Umeå School of Business and Economics, and a BA (Hons) from London Metropolitan University.

In his private life, Samuli is a devoted father to his son. He is also a lifestyle endurance athlete and a cross country skier, with some thirty pairs of race skis in his garage.

Johan Matinmikko

+358 40 7250506

Johan joined VALOR Partners in 2018. Prior VALOR, he worked at EY’s Customer and Strategy practice for more than three years in a roles of project consultant, stream lead and project manager. Johan’s expertise is focused on customer related strategy formulation and implementation as well as process design and improvement. Additionally, he has experience from various efficiency improvement projects. From the sector point of view, Johan has worked in telecommunications, consumer products and retail industries. Supporting VALOR’s clients to grow, create value for their customers and contribute to Finnish economy is what motivates Johan towards excellency in his work. 

Johan holds Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from University of Oulu majoring in project management and management of product development. 

In his free time, Johan enjoys exercising in gym, running and sailing. To further counterbalance intense consulting work, Johan seldom declines when offered an opportunity to repair, renovate or construct something.