Management Team

Janne Poranen

Chief Executive Officer, Co-founder
Member of the Management Team since 2014
Born 1972
Finnish citizen
PhD degree
Company shareholding: 3,382,500 shares and 8,000 2020 B Stock Options

Work history

  • Principal Scientist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd between 2014 and 2015
  • Head of Research Area, Fibres and Biobased Materials at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd during 2014
  • Technology Manager at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd between 2006 and 2013
  • Key Account Manager at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd during 2006
  • Group Manager at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd between 2005 and 2006
  • Deputy Group Manager at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd between 2002 and 2004
  • Team Leader, VTT Processes, Fluid Dynamics Team at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd during 2002
  • Senior Researcher, VTT Processes at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd between 2001 and 2002
  • Expatriate, VTT Processes (University of Maine, Department of Chemical Engineering) at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd during 2001
  • Research, VTT Energy at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd between 1999 and 2001
  • Researcher positions at the University of Jyväskylä during 1997

Juha Salmela

Chief Technology Officer, Co-founder
Member of the Management Team since 2014
Member of the Board of Directors since 2014
Born 1973
Finnish citizen
Master of Science degree
Company shareholding: 3,382,200 shares and 8,000 2020 B Stock Options

Work history

  • Researcher, Team Manager, and Principal Investigator at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd between 1997 and 2014
  • Expat at the University of British Columbia in Canada between 2004 and 2005

Lotta Kopra

Chief Commercial Officer
Member of the Management Team since 2019
Born 1980
Finnish citizen
Master of Science degree in Economics
Company shareholding: 182,700 shares and 15,000 options (of which 5,000 are 2020 B Stock Options and 10,000 2018 Stock Options)

Work history

  • Associate Partner of BearingPoint Oy between 2015 and 2018
  • Senior Leadership of Capgemini Consulting between 2005 and 2010

Positions of trust

  • Member of the Board of Directors of eQ Oyj since 2019
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Solteq Oyj since 2018
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Pikkujätti/Aava Group Oy between 2019 and 2021
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Lindström Invest Oy between 2019 and 2020
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Tidy Technologies Oy between 2016 and 2019
  • Member of the Board of Directors of LIID Oy between 2017 and 2019
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Flashnode Oy between 2018 and 2019
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Magenta Advisory Oy between 2010 and 2015
  • Member of the Board of Directors of BearingPoint Oy between 2015 and 2018
  • Co-founder of and the Chairman of the Board, and a member of the Board of Directors of Magenta Advisory Oy between 2010 and 2015

Shahriare Mahmood

Chief Sustainability Officer
Member of the Management Team since 2021
Born 1976
Finnish and Bangladeshi citizen
Doctor of Science (Tech)
Company shareholding: 0 shares and 3,000 Options 2018

Work history

  • R&D and Sustainability Director, Reima, 2016-2020
  • Production Manager, Environmental and REACH Coordinator, MASI Company Oy, 2009-2016
  • Production Manager, MASI Company AS, 2007-2009
  • Production Manager, Sangar Valga Vabrik AS, Estonia, 2004-2006
  • Factory Manager, Opex Group, Kanchpur, Dhaka (Bangladesh), 2003-2004
  • Project Manager, Unique Group, Gazipur, Dhaka (Bangladesh), 2002–2003
  • Sales Engineer, Greenmac International Pte Ltd, Dhaka (Bangladesh), 2001-2002
  • Production Engineer, Imperial Group, Hariharpara, Fatullah, Narayanganj (Bangladesh), 1999-2001

Petri Poranen

Chief Operating Officer since 2021
Member of the Management Team since 2018
Served as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer between 2018 and 2021
Born 1973
Finnish citizen
Studied Accounting
Company shareholding: 0 shares and 14,132 options (of which 5,000 are B Stock Options 2020 and 9,132 Stock Options 2018)

Work history

  • Site Director Panel Factory at Porkka Finland Oy between 2012 and 2015
  • Division Business Controller at Porkka Finland Oy between 2009 and 2015 and between 2002 and 2007
  • Consultant at PMPConsulting Oy between 2015 and 2018
  • Division Business Controller at Huurre Group Oy between 2008 and 2010
  • Group Business Controller at Huurre Group Oy between 2006 and 2008

Positions of trust

  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of PMPConsulting Oy since 2015
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Colia Norge AS since 2015
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Suomen Kotikylmiö Oy between 2015 and 2018
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Colia Scandinavia AB between 2015 and 2019

Ben Selby

Chief Financial Officer
Member of the Management Team since 2021
Born 1983
United Kingdom and Finnish citizen
Master of Arts degree
Company shareholding: 0 shares and 10,950 options (of which 5,950 are 2020 Stock Options and 5,000 2020 B Stock Options)

Work history

  • Vice President of Investor Relations and Treasury at Basware between 2017 and 2021
  • Head of Investor Relations at Basware between 2016 and 2017
  • Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch during 2015
  • Vice President at Bank of America Merrill Lynch between 2012 and 2015
  • Associate at Bank of America Merrill Lynch between 2008 and 2012
  • Analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch between 2005 and 2008