Jouko Ahvenainen (MBA, M.Sc.) joins Replicon as a Senior Partner

January 10, 2005 Reflecting the growth of experienced partners in company's strategic and management consultant team, Jouko Ahvenainen joined Replicon as a Senior Partner, with operations responsibility for ICT and Mobile sector consulting. Mr Ahvenainen brings strong international experience from the ICT sector to Replicon Group. He will coordinate Replicon ICT and Mobile Consulting team that includes industry experts from Finland and key foreign market areas. The team can offer a large range of services from strategy to internationalizing and financing for the ICT sector growth companies.

Mr Ahvenainen has over 12 years of experience of projects that require large competence and understanding of business and enabling technology. Mr. Ahvenainen has worked with Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, Powerwave Technologies Inc., Nokia Oyj, and Sonera Oyj in various positions involving consultation and management work in international environment, planning of strategies, business and marketing plans, services and network technology, and international sales. Mr. Ahvenainen has over 10 years of experience of international business in Asia, Europe, and North America; he has lived in Finland, Malaysia, the UK, and the USA.


In addition to his consulting work, Mr. Ahvenainen has entrepreneur experience (co-founder, chairman, president, and CFO roles) from Xtract Ltd., software-company with solutions for telecom, finance, and media companies. Mr. Ahvenainen serves on the boards of several Finnish start-up companies. Mr. Ahvenainen received an MBA (International Finance) from Helsinki School of Economics and a M.Sc. (Information and Communications Technology) from Helsinki University of Technology.


Jouko Ahvenainen comments the invitation: "Replicon has a unique combination of competence that all growth companies need. I am happy when I can contribute and participate in the work to bring this competence to ICT and Mobile companies. There are a lot of promising mobile and IT companies in Finland. These companies have unique world-class technology competence, and I am convinced that Replicon can offer competence that completes this competence in order to create a successful strategy and business plan, enlarge business to other countries, and get financing for growth. We don't only want to advise these companies, our way to work is to cooperate and take responsibilities."


CEO Petteri Hirvonen comments: "We are very happy that Jouko joins our team. He has already taken part in several projects within Replicon during last two years." The appointment is an important step for Replicon in broadening the client base in the ICT and Mobile industries.


A list of Replicon's professionals and individual biographies can be found in Professionals.

For further information, please contact:
Replicon Group Petteri Hirvonen, CEO +358 50 552 96 33 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jouko Ahvenainen, Senior Partner +358 400 438 299
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Replicon Group is an independent corporate and consulting house based in Helsinki. Replicon provides strategic and financial solutions that facilitate business activities, efficiency, and increase profitability of corporations and other organizations. Our core competence is in the corporate solutions that facilitate and govern growth of businesses based on innovation. An important part of our activities is continuous learning. We want to find and develop most suitable solutions to our customer needs. Replicon Group's special focus areas are Life-Science and ICT/Mobile sectors. The main shareholders in Replicon Group are its key management, holding majority of the company's shares. Replicon's homepage is