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Vesa-Pekka Leskinen

b. 1950

Chairman of the Board since January 2006.

Member of the Board since July 2003.
Independent of the Company.

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 a major 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 publicly listed companies.

Vesa-Pekka Leskinen is also a founding partner 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 the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Vianaturale Oy (as of May 2014, earlier member as of October 2006). By education Mr. Leskinen is an undergraduate and has an MAT degree.

Information about the person’s ownership in QPR Software Plc’s shares until July 2, 2016 is available in the NetSire system.


Kirsi Eräkangas

b. 1965

Member of the Board since March 2012

Independent of the Company and its significant shareholders.

Ms. Kirsi Eräkangas is the owner of Nomadi Oy, an investment and development company co-operating with several IT startups.

Kirsi Eräkangas is one of the co-founders of the publicly listed software company Basware Corporation. Basware is the global leader in providing purchase to pay and e-invoicing solutions. 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 professional services globally. She was Basware’s board member 1993–2008, latest as the Vice Chairman.

Earlier she has been a member of the Board of Directors of Biocomputing Platforms Ltd (2007–2010 and 2014), Finpro ry (2007–2013), Oy Free Drop Innovations Ltd (2013–2015), Softability Oy (2006–2008) and Vahanen International Oy (2014–2015) as well as a 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, and the Chairman of the Nobultec Board during 2009–2011, a company acquired by QPR Software in 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 an EMBA degree.

Information about the person’s ownership in QPR Software Plc’s shares until July 2, 2016 is available in the NetSire system.


Topi Piela

b. 1962

Member of the Board since March 2012

Independent of the Company.

Mr. Topi Piela is the CEO of Balance Capital Oy, deputy to CEO of Umo Capital Oy and a member of the Finnish Association of Professional Board Members. Mr. Piela is a member of the Board of Directors of Etera Mutual Pension Insurance Company, JJPPPT Holding Oy and Asuntosalkku Suomi Oy. He is also a member of the State Pension Fund and YLE (the Finnish Broadcasting Company) Pension Fund investment committees, and the audit Committee of Etera.

Earlier, Topi Piela served as the Managing Director of Finvest Oyj and Amanda Capital Plc, after which he assumed a position in the Board of Directors of Amanda and worked also as a chairman. 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.

Information about the person’s ownership in QPR Software Plc’s shares until July 2, 2016 is available in the NetSire system.


Taina Sipilä

b. 1978

Member of the board since March 2017

Independent of the Company and its significant shareholders. 

Ms. Taina Sipilä is the CEO, founder, and board member of Dear Lucy Oy. Dear Lucy provides its customers a global Business Management Dashboard Software-as-a-Service for CEOs, Board members, Directors, teams, personnel, and investors to track key performance indicators and key events in real-time. 

Taina Sipilä is also one of the founders of Sympa Oy. She has worked as the company's CEO from 2005 to 2011, and as the Growth Director and Chairman of the Board between 2011 and 2016, being responsible for e.g. ramping up the company's international business. Currently Taina Sipilä is a member of Sympa Oy's Board of Directors. Sympa Oy offers its customers a global HR and HR development Software-as-a-Service. The service has users in over 50 countries.

Ms. Sipilä holds a M.Sc. degree in Marketing.


Juha Häkämies

b. 1970

Member of the board since March 2017

Independent of the Company and its significant shareholders.

Mr. Juha Häkämies is the Vice President Strategy at Gasum Ltd. He is responsible for the company's strategy development, digitalization, R&D, M&A activities, and HSEQ (Health, Safety, Environment, and Quality). Mr. Häkämies is also a member of the Executive Management Team. Previously he worked for Clear Funding Ltd in the United Kingdom as the Chief Development Officer between 2015 and 2016. From 2007 until 2009 he was a Partner (SVP, Sales & Business Management) at Basware Einvoices and thereafter a VP (Business Development and M&A) of Basware Oyj between 2009 and 2015. 

From 2005 to 2006 Mr. Juha Häkämies worked as the Vice President of Business Development at SysOpen Digia (currently part of Digia Oyj), being responsible for telecom sales and service operations. From 1994 to 2005 he worked in several positions at Sonera and later at TeliaSonera e.g. as Vice President of TeliaSonera International, CTO of Zed for Business (currently part of Sonera), and the Sonera Development Director of consumer and corporate internet services.

In 2014 Juha Häkämies founded MobileCheck Oy, a company focused in analysing and developing the service offering of telecom service providers. 

Mr. Juha Häkämies has been carrying out several mergers and acquisitions, analysing and digitalising business operations, building service strategies as well as transforming international software business into service business. 

Mr. Häkämies holds a Licentiate of Technology, Computer Science and Telecommunications.