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OTHER NEWS 26 Apr 2016

Pöyry’s Vesa Erolainen named CIO of the Year in Finland

25th APRIL 2016 – In its 12th year, TiVi (Tietoviikko) have awarded the 2016 CIO of the year award to Pöyry’s Vesa Erolainen. The jury praised Vesa for his work in combining technology and IT services by focusing on the business relevant issues.

Image from TiVi (Tietoviikko)

The award recognises Vesa and his teams work in transforming Pöyry’s IT support and infrastructure.  The jury was impressed by how the role of CIO has been used to direct change within the organisation.  In particular, the centralisation of Pöyry IT’s operating model, bringing together previously separate IT department and functions. These improvements have resulting in increased IT performance and supports Pöyry’s vision of ‘The connected company’.

“Whilst the CIO of the year award recognises an individual, the development of ICT is always a team sport. Pöyry has a great global IT team which always pulls together,” says Vesa.  “The successful transformation has been a team effort, helped by feedback from our colleagues across Pöyry.  In fact, the CIO's role in today’s world is to be the interpreter between technology and business.”

"With Pöyry’s vision as ‘The connected company’ and the ongoing trend towards digitalisation, Vesa Erolainen and Pöyry's IT function has already made a significant contribution," says the chairman of the jury, Tomi Dahlberg, Professor at Åbo Akademi.

The other members were Kalle Alppi, CIO of the Year 2015, Kati Hagros, CIO of the Year 2014 from Kone, Juha Huovinen, the chairman of the board at ICT Standard Forum, and Mikko Torikka, the editor in chief of Tivi.

About Pöyry

Pöyry is an international consulting and engineering company. We serve clients globally across the energy and industrial sectors and provide local services in our core markets. We deliver management consulting and engineering services, underpinned by strong project implementation capability and expertise. Our focus sectors are power generation, transmission & distribution, forest industry, chemicals & biorefining, mining & metals, transportation and water. Pöyry has an extensive local office network employing about 6,000 experts. Pöyry’s net sales in 2015 were EUR 575 million and the company’s shares are quoted on Nasdaq Helsinki (Pöyry PLC: POY1V).