team

We are 15 professionals with extensive experience in fields such as private equity, consulting, investment banking and various industrial sectors.

 

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Mika Uotila

Phone: +358 (0)207 529 611
Mobile: +358 (0)40 553 6110

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Eero Leskinen

In Sentica I have an excellent opportunity to use the skills, knowledge and experiences which I have collected during my over 25 year-old career in Finland and abroad. Gathered experience helps in choosing good investment cases and in developing our portfolio companies through board work. My long history in management positions in international companies has given me a thorough understanding of challenges related to internationalization and the meaning of ownership structure in a company’s operations, decision making and development. I am very excited to be a part of Sentica’s team and to bring international insight into our portfolio company development.

Phone: +358 (0)207 529 622
Mobile: +358 (0)50 405 5871

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Christer Niemi

Time flies when your days are fulfilled with enthusiastic people and challenging tasks. Looking back at my career, I have had the opportunity to work with entrepreneurs and management of successful businesses as well as with eager and talented colleagues for nearly three decades. I started my career by analysing business models of listed companies and continued with advising companies in corporate finance. After my years in investment banking, I felt I had the right experience and a good toolbox for jumping into the private equity business. Here at Sentica my daily inspiration very much comes from the challenge of seeking and managing growth together with enthusiastic management teams, experienced board professionals and skilled colleagues – it is always people that make things happen! The most important lesson I have learned during my journey is that successful businesses are always created by passionate and dedicated people. 

Phone: +358 (0)207 529 618
Mobile: +358 (0)400 469 486

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Marjatta Rytömaa

I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to see various working environments during my career. I have a PhD in Biochemistry and I started out my career in research in Finland and the UK. I jumped into the industrial world in the beginning of the millennium and have ever since worked closely with R&D, production, quality, marketing, sales as well as business management. My career has based on continuous self-development. Healthcare related industries have always been close to my heart, but in Sentica I have had the opportunity to familiarize also with other sectors. In my current role I truly enjoy supporting companies and their management teams in finding their strengths and becoming successful. I strongly believe in the diversity of people and in the power of team dynamics.

Phone: +358 (0)207 529 620
Mobile: +358 (0)40 514 3304

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Aitor de la Torre

Phone: +358 (0)207 529 624
Mobile: +358 (0)40 830 7503

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Pentti Tuunala

My journey at Sentica started already at the end of 90’s after graduating from Tampere University of Technology and working with SME corporate financing and analysis for a couple of years. At Sentica I have gotten the opportunity to participate in developing great companies and business models, and removing bottlenecks of growth. I enjoy working with the motivated, energetic and innovative management teams, colleagues and advisors. To put it short, it has been a great privilege to be in the front seat and witness how the Finnish PE- market has evolved during almost two decades!

Phone: +358 (0)207 529 613
Mobile: +358 (0)400 606 078

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Johan Wentzel

It is funny how, when looking back, it all seems to make sense. Long nights as a young investment banker struggling with numerous cases some ending successfully some without a result, a “road trip” with the biggest Icelandic bank at the peak of it all. It all was a fantastic journey and school for what I love doing today – supporting great companies in their ambitions to evolve, grow and prosper. The only thing I hate is saying goodbye. There is usually still so much to do and often lifelong friendships found among the teams making it all come true. On the other hand, someone else will continue and after all that is part of the game.

Phone: +358 (0)207 529 614
Mobile: +358 (0)40 733 9925

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Liisa Harjula

I have a master’s degree in both law and economics, and my roots can be found in Loimaa and Pohjanmaa. My career background lies strongly in the pharmaceutical industry – working as a lawyer for an international pharmaceutical company was at the same time a real life business school. Work tasks where I can participate in developing the big picture and where the results can be seen, inspire me. I always carry the responsibility in the things I am involved in. If I would name four important characteristics in my work, I would definitely choose the following: entrepreneurship, all-round education, professionalism and humor. My work at Sentica includes all of those, and that is why it is fun to head out to work every morning.

Phone: +358 (0)207 529 621
Mobile: +358 (0)40 506 2295

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Antti Keränen

When comparing my work here at Sentica to my previous career as an investment banker, it feels like sprint has changed into long-distance run. These jobs have lots of similar features, but it’s no longer a question of just transactions – the overall development work lasts for several years. I find myself privileged to have a chance to work with ambitious and visionary entrepreneurs and management team members who want to bring their companies to the next level with Sentica’s support. Each portfolio company has its special characteristics, growth plans and opportunities, which makes this so interesting and rewarding day after day. Sometimes the journey to the finish line is a bit bumpy, but that is a normal part of the race when you aim high. Challenges teach and winning teams solve them together in order to achieve the joint ultimate goal.

Phone: +358 (0)207 529 616
Mobile: +358 (0)40 717 3789

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Timo Sarkki

It is very hard not to get excited about a job, which in a short time can include interesting challenges ranging from water treatment in China to social welfare and health care development in Finland and furnishing industrial environments in Europe. The best aspect of my work is encountering numerous different and unique ideas, companies and especially people, which can be found in Finland. With some of these I have had the privilege to work with, and sometimes even with great success! Currently my role in Sentica is focused especially on portfolio company development, but also on screening for new investment opportunities, and considering the nature of our business, also exits. Due to my unlimited love for accounting and reporting, I have also got to leave my small footprint on portfolio companies’ and funds’ amazing world of reporting.

Phone: +358 (0)207 529 615
Mobile: +358 (0)40 744 6252

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Mikael Autio

I enjoy teaming up with people to create visions and to work on roadmaps to make these visions true. I am also passionate about focusing on how to make things better and simpler - to improve things. These characteristics led me first to work with consulting and later on to the private equity sector here at Sentica. I am very humble and thankful to be able to work with the passionate people at our portfolio companies and Sentica, and learn from them as we work hard to make our mutual visions come true. Currently I am participating in the development of Kotipizza on its journey to provide the best pizzas, Ursviken in delivering first class machine tools to its customers, and Secto in delivering cars as a service to small and midsized companies.

Phone: +358 (0)207 529 617
Mobile: +358 (0)40 964 5591

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Reeti Saarinen

Investing is about allocating scarce resources in the most efficient way possible, under varying degrees of uncertainty. Private equity investing, which always commands a balance between risk and return, is in the very core of this process. Working as a member of the Sentica team enables me to put my own capabilities to their greatest use in the search of the best returns. I have collected my personal set of tools required for this task during my previous work within corporate finance and investment banking, both in Finland and abroad. However, an investment’s return is not created on paper but it rather develops as a part of the story of one of our portfolio companies, with whom we work closely at all times until the ultimate common goal has been reached. Since joining Sentica I have worked on cases in various industries, most recently in infrastructure construction and credit management services.

Phone: +358 (0)207 529 623
Mobile: +358 (0)40 546 9702

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Virva Vesanen

After graduating from Aalto School of Economics, I found myself working at Sentica, and have enjoyed every minute of it. The best part of my job is its varying nature and working with people who share my passion of continuous improvement and development. I get to analyze all sorts of industries and companies trying to discover optimal investment targets for us. I also participate in developing our portfolio companies. So far, I have put most of my time and energy into understanding outsourcing service business in our HR service company Silta, and I have dived into the world of healthy eating and being fit through FAST protein products and CocoVi superfoods marketed by our functional nutrition company Func Food. Furthermore, I participate in the development of the helicopter simulator training center, Coptersafety.

Phone: +358 (0)207 529 629
Mobile: +358 (0)40 828 6285

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Mervi Marttila

The numbers, the numbers! Sentica’s work is most of the time seen via its companies and their business. If you dig deeper you will find the factor behind them: the financial management of funds and the management company. This is my field and it is really interesting to work with our investors, the most important group behind this all. Since 2005, I have supported Sentica’s many functions such as the fund reporting, accounting, cash calls, repayments, moving to a new location and many other day-to-day management operations.

Phone: +358 (0)207 529 632
Mobile: +358 (0)50 369 9947

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Iida Kauranen

I started working in Sentica in January 2012. I have handled a wide range of different kinds of tasks from financial administration to organizing customer events and coordinating business trips. The best part of my job is that every day is different with their unexpected surprises. In my job I have also had the chance to meet lots of interesting people. It is very motivating and rewarding to be a part of Sentica’s brilliant and skilled team. Sentica’s smile, first impression and helping hand are words that describe best my work at Sentica.

Phone: +358 (0)207 529 633
Mobile: +358 (0)40 351 0157

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