CEO, Founding Partner & Chairman of the BoardPentti Bruun has a vast experience in Corporate Finance and Restructuring. He has been working in management teams and as a board member and a chairman in several technology companies. He has also acted as a Private Equity Investor and Investment Banker. Mr. Bruun was also employed in the Confederation of Finnish Industries for 7 years as an Industrial Policy Officer, where he worked in close cooperation with different state ministries. His special area of expertise is Company Strategies, Mergers and acquisitions and Financing.
COO, Founding Partner & Board member
Pasi Haikola has 20 years international experience in Sourcing Management for Automotive, Telecom and Mechanics Industries. He is one of the founding partners of L7 Drive, and before forming the company Mr Haikola has been working in several managerial positions up to Vice President and a management team level. His previous employees include companies like Nokia, VTI Technologies, Elcoteq and Sandvik, Amer Sports/Suunto to name a few. He has a very strong background in International Business and extensive business and personal network especially in Asia and Eastern Europe.
Juri Karpenko has 15+ years of thorough experience in international business, especially in building up relationships between CIS/Russia and western markets. Presently he’s focused on developing technology intensive high-added-value projects with global outreach in Electric Vehicles & Mobility, Chemistry, Engineering & Construction, Food Science, Big Data and Robotics.
Mika Koskimies has background in Media Industry and Communications, both Production and the Technology field. Last 10 years he has been working exclusively in Electric Vehicle Technology companies as a member of the management team. He has worked and lived in several countries in Europe and Asia, and has extensive knowledge on management of creative processes in different cultural environments. His broad knowledge base has been essential in creating Business Concepts for the company.
CTO, Founding PartnerDaniel Salonen has been widely regarded as one of the leading experts of electric vehicle technology in Finland. His expertise is based on strong instinct and deep understanding of technology and hands on experience in building electric vehicles. Mr. Salonen has won several prizes in technology competitions in national and European level. He is the inventor of the L7 Drive Power-train technology and is committed to developing it into leading product of the industry.
Vice President of International SalesAfter graduating in 2006, as an electrical and automation engineer, Ouissem joined Schneider Electric. Based in Dubai, he helped to create and develop new business segments for the company. After Schneider he worked for TCL, one of the world’s top consumer electronics company, to revive brands such as Alcatel and Blackberry around Middle East and Africa. His goal is to make L7 Drive concept accessible to the masses globally by developing, managing and nurturing business and relationships.
Head of EngineeringSeppo Varpa has an extensive, 40 years experience on power electronics design and implementation. As an electronics engineer, he has worked with leading electronics houses in Finland before setting up his own business with his son, Vesa, in 2008. Seppo has worked with L7 Drive technology since 2010.
AdvisorTero Sarkkinen is a serial entrepreneur with two successful exits under his belt. He was the founder and CEO of Rightware, which became the world #1 supplier of user interface technologies to the automotive industry. Rightware was acquired by Thundersoft of China in 2017. Prior to this, Tero was CEO of Futuremark, a well known PC graphics company. Futuremark was acquired by United Laboratories of USA. In 2015, Tero founded Basemark, a company focusing on industrial grade graphics rendering for AR. He was nominated as Software Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 by Finnish Software Industry and Entrepreneurs Association.
Founding PartnerMika Laakso has a broad experience on Production Management in Electronics industry. He has been in management teams of big Electronics and Automation companies, and has extensive knowledge of business environment in Baltic countries. Before his business career Mr. Laakso has served as a Commanding Officer of Communications and Guard Squadron of UN Forces in Lebanon. His area of expertise is Production Technology and Strategies.
Founding PartnerSimo Heikkinen has 22 years professional experience in International Business as a member of the management team and he has been working in several listed companies. Mr. Heikkinen’s background is in Heavy Mechanical, Marine and Energy industries, and he has a broad experience in New Business Concept and Strategy Creation as well as Global Partnerships and Personnel Management. He has been previously employed by companies such as Wärtsilä, Metso, MW Power and ABB in Finland, the Netherlands and the UK.