Board of Directors

QPR Software Plc's Board of Directors

QPR Software Plc's Board of Directors (from left): Topi Piela, Vesa-Pekka Leskinen (chairman), Jyrki Kontio and Kirsi Eräkangas. 

Vesa-Pekka Leskinen

b. 1950
Member of the Board since July 2003.
Chairman of the Board since January 2006.

Mr. Vesa-Pekka Leskinen is the Chairman of the Board of Kauppamainos Oy and was the CEO of Kauppamainos from 1979 to September 2010. He is the majority owner of Kauppamainos Oy. The main area of business of Kauppamainos has been investor relations and communications, in relation to which Kauppamainos has designed and delivered nearly a hundred annual reports of various companies, participated in the preparation of tens of equity issues, and have been supporting the IPO process of more than ten companies. Mr. Leskinen has personally been involved in carrying out the investor relations and communication of public listed companies.

Vesa-Pekka Leskinen is also the founder of Quartal Oy and was the majority owner of the company until 1999. Quartal Oy is focusing on developing and delivering computerized delivery solutions and communication services, especially for the stock market and the companies having business therein. In addition, Vesa-Pekka Leskinen is a board member in Vianaturale Oy.

By education Mr. Leskinen is an undergraduate and has an MAT degree.

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Kirsi Eräkangas

b. 1965
Member of the Board since March 2012
Independent member

Kirsi Eräkangas is a member of Board of Directors of Biocomputing Platforms Ltd Oy, Oy Free Drop Innovations Ltd and Vahanen International Oy. She is owner of Nomadi Oy, an investment and development company co-operating with several IT start-ups.

Kirsi Eräkangas is a one of the co-founders of the publicly listed software company Basware Corpora-tion. The company, specialized in automating financial and procurement processes, is a one of the most successful Finnish software companies. Eräkangas had a central role in developing Basware’s business, and she held several executive positions 1988–2005. Her latest operative responsibility covered Basware’s profes-sional services globally. She was Basware’s board member 1993–2008, latest as the Vice Chairman.

Earlier she has been member of Board of Directors of Finpro ry (2007–2013), Biocomputing Platforms Ltd (2007–2010) and Softability Oy (2006–2008) as well as the member of the Board of Directors (2007–2012) and Chairman of the Board (2008–2010) of Nervogrid Oy. She was a member of the Board of Directors of Nobultec Ltd in 2008, a company acquired by QPR Software in 1 August, 2011, and the Chairman of the Nobultec Board during 2009–2011. Mrs. Eräkangas is also a member of the Finnish Association of Professional Board Members.

Kirsi Eräkangas holds a M.Sc. degree in Economics and EMBA degree.

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Jyrki Kontio

b.1961
Member of the Board since March 2008.
Independent member.

Mr. Jyrki Kontio is an entrepreneur in his own consulting company R & D-Ware Oy. Previously, he was Professor of Software Product Business at the Helsinki University of Technology in 2002–2007. Prior to this assignment, Kontio worked for 15 years at Nokia Corporation, serving in various software and process management leadership and research positions. He is an active investor in several start-up companies.

Mr. Kontio has a M.Sc. degree in Business Administration and a Doctor degree in Technology.

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Topi Piela

b. 1962
Member of the Board since March 2012
Independent member

Topi Piela is the CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of Balance Capital Oy, deputy to CEO of Ulkomarkkinat Oy and a member of the Finnish Association of Professional Board Members. Mr. Piela is also a member of the Board of Directors of Balance capital Oy, Piela Ventures Oy and JJPPPT Holding Oy and the Chairman of the Board of Coptersafety Oyj. He is also a member of the State Pension Fund and YLE (the Finnish Broadcasting Company) Pension Fund investments committees.

Earlier, Topi Piela served as the Managing Director of Amanda Capital Plc (2000–2004), after which he assumed a position in the Board of Directors of Amanda and worked also as a chairman (2004–2011). Piela’s previous positions include Investment Director at Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company, Managing Director and co-founder of Arctos Rahasto Oy, and Securities and Investment Director of Ålandsbanken Ab. He has also served on the investment committees of several Finnish and European private equity funds. Topi Piela has earlier been member of QPR Software Board of Directors during 2006–2009.

Mr. Piela has a M.Sc degree in Economics and has CEFA and Advanced Insurance Examination diplomas.

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Last updated: 21 February, 2014.