The CEO and Management Team

Next Games’ management team consists of eight members. The CEO is supported by the management team. The management team is tasked with the overall management of Next Games’ business.

The CEO manages the daily operations of Next Games according to strategic principles and objectives confirmed by the Board of Directors. The CEO prepares matters on which decisions are to be made by the Board of Directors of the company, ensures that the accounts of the company are in compliance with the law and that its financial affairs have been arranged in a reliable manner. The CEO also chairs the management team and manages and oversees the other members of the management team.

The Board of Directors appoints the CEO and decides on the remuneration of the CEO and the other terms of the CEO’s service agreement. The CEO is appointed until further notice. The CEO of Next Games is Teemu Huuhtanen.

The CEO is supported by the management team, the composition of which is confirmed by the Board of Directors. The management team does not hold authority or independent decision-making power based on legislation or the Articles of Association, and operates instead as an advisory and preparatory body in matters belonging to the Next Games’ executive management. As a rule, the management team convenes once per week.

The company has designated the Chief Financial Officer to receive market soundings on behalf of the company.

Members of the Management Team

CEO
Teemu Huuhtanen



BBA, Preston University
Finnish citizen
CEO as of 2013



Significant employment history:

Next Games, CEO, 2013–
Rovio Entertainment Oy, Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions, 2012–2013
Sulake Corporation Oy, Executive Vice President, Mobile, Ad Sales, Business Development and Communications, 2011–2012
Sulake Corporation Oy, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, 2006–2011
Sulake Inc., President, 2006–2011
Sulake Corporation Oy, Executive Vice President, Sales & Business Development, 2003–2006
Small Planet Oy, Executive Vice President, 2002–2003
Orchimedia Group Oy, Co-Founder and CEO, 1998–2002

Positions of trust:

Dark May Oy, Deputy Member of the Board of Directors, 2016–
Armada Interactive Oy, Member of the Board of Directors, 2016–
MAG Interactive, Member of the Board of Directors, 2014–
Vaah Holdings Oy, Member of the Board of Directors, 2013–
Helsinki GameWorks Oy, Deputy Member of the Board of Directors, 2014–2015
Pilke Helsinki Oy, Member of the Board of Directors, 2012–2013

Head of New Games
Kalle Hiitola



Matriculation examination, Oulunkylä high school
Finnish citizen
Member of the Management Team as of 2013 



Significant employment history:

Superlouder Oy, Chief Digital Officer, 2011–2013
Bongo Helsinki Oy, Partner, Online Planning Director, 2010–2011
Academica Oy, Partner, Member of the Board, CTO, 2008–2010
Sanoma Entertainment, Technical Project Manager (based on a consulting arrangement), 2007–2013
Crew Media Finland Oy, Partner, Head of Media & Solutions department, 2002–2008

Positions of trust:

Nuard Ventures Oy, CEO, 2014–
Padam Kids Oy, Deputy Member of the Board of Directors, 2013–2014
Nuard Ventures Oy, Member of the Board of Directors, 2011–
Mindlab Oy, Member of the Board of Directors, 2011–
EcoHair Oy, Deputy Member of the Board of Directors, 2005–

Chief Marketing Officer
Saara Bergström



MA organizational Communication, BBA Marketing
Finnish citizen
Member of the Management Team as of 2014

 



Significant employment history:

Next Games, Chief Marketing Officer, 2014–
Rovio Entertainment, VP, Marketing & Communications, 2013–2014
Rovio Entertainment, Director, Consumer Engagement, 2011–2013
Nokia, Marketing Manager, Community Management Lead, 2009–2011
Nokia, Online Marketing Manager, 2008–2009
Nokia, Marketing Specialist, 2007–2008
Right Management, Communications Consultant, 2006–2007
Freelance Journalist, Various publications, 2002–2005

Positions of trust:

Finnish Marketing Association, Board member 2017 –
Neogames, Advisor /  2017 –
Rovio Entertainment Corp, Member of the Management Team 2013 – 2014

Chief Financial Officer
Annina Salvén



Master in Business Administration
Finnish citizen
Member of the Management Team as of 2016

 


Significant employment history:

Next Games, CFO 2016–
Greenstep Oy, CFO Services 2012–2016
Aktia Pankki Plc, investment advisor, 2008–2010 and 2011–2012

Positions of trust:

Oy Multivalue Development Ab, Deputy Member of the Board of Directors, 2016–
Brittingham Viking Organization, Chairman of the Board of Directors, 2015–
Ab Djupsundsbrygga Oy, Member of the Board of Directors, 2014–
Ostinato Oy, Member of the Board of Directors, 2013–2016

Chief Technology Officer
Tero Teelahti

Master of Science, Economics and Business Administration
Finnish citizen
CTO as of 2021

Significant employment history:

Next Games, Chief Technology Officer, 2021-
Next Games, Technology Director, 2020-2021
Armada Interactive, CEO and co-founder, 2018-2020
Armada Interactive, CTO and co-founder, 2015-2018
Basware, Chief architect, 2012-2015
Avanade, Manager, 2010-2012
Avanade, Senior Consultant, 2007-2010
VBS Net, Consultant, 1998-2007

Positions of trust:

Armada Interactive, Member of the Board of Directors, 2018-2020

Chief Operating Officer
Juha Matikainen

MSc. in Economics and Business Administration
Finnish citizen
COO as of 2021

Significant employment history:

Next Games, Chief Operating Officer, 2021-
Next Games, Production Director, 2020-2021
remote control productions, Operations Director, 2018-2020
Armada Interactive, COO, 2015-2018
Seriously Digital Entertainment, General Manager, 2013-2015
Grey Area, CFO, 2011-2013

Positions of trust:

Armada Interactive, Member of the Board of Directors, 2015-2018
Dreamloop Games, Chairman of the Board of Directors, 2018-2021
remote control productions Finland, Chairman of the Board of Directors, 2018-2020


Chief People and Culture Officer
Joonas Laakso



BA in Arts, Media, Design Management
Finnish citizen
CPCO as of 2020



Significant employment history:

Next Games, Chief People and Culture Officer, 2020-
Next Games, Development Director, 2019-2020
Next Games, Executive Producer, The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land, 2016-2019
Next Games, Production Lead, 2015-2016
Remedy Entertainment, Producer, 2013-2015
Bugbear Entertainment, Producer, 2008-2013
Canon Oy, New Media Coordinator, 2007-2008
Zeeland Oy, Project Manager, 2005-2007

Positions of trust:

n/a

Chief Growth Officer
Yiannis Alexopoulos


MBA, Boston University Questrom School of Business
LL.B, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Law
Greek citizen
CGO as of 2020





Significant employment history:

Next Games, Chief Growth Officer, 2020-
Next Games, Games Marketing Director, 2020-2020
Next Games, Performance Marketing Director, 2018-2020
Spil Games, Director of User Acquisition, 2017-2018
Spil Games, Head of User Acquisition, 2015-2017
Unalis Corporation, Marketing Manager, 2014-2015
Appier, Business Development Manager, 2012-2014

Positions of trust:

Reducept, Advisor, 2020-
Spil Games, Member of the Leadership Team, 2017-2018