Vesa IlamaEspoo, Southern Finland, Finland
I am a highly skilled leader and senior manager with wide practical working experience in different functions and positions in global matrix organisations. I lead by example, support others and have received excellent feedback from my subordinates, peers and superiors.

My special expertise is in leadership, coaching & mentoring, competence development, networking people, co-operation and multicultural portfolio, program & project management.

I have a passion for program and project management and have always challenged myself also to be able to do the work in practice. I am widely known and recognised in Finland as one of the top-level managers in PM area and often asked to speak in national as well as international seminars.

I have experience of working abroad with different cultures and have a good reputation as an expert in global process and organization development. I am frequently asked to act as an advisor/ member of major key development activities because of my wide experience, business focus and ability to see the big picture.

I'm motivated by good co-operation, open atmosphere and culture, planning & executing strategies, achieving the set targets, learning experiences and inventing, creating and improving things that prove to be useful and beneficial for the whole company.

Because of my experience in a number of different manager positions I enjoy working both as a global function or area leader and as a direct line manager.
General Manager, PMO
Oct 2020 - Current
Heading eNext PMO, direct line management of Project Managers serving the whole organisation.eNext Services Management Team member.Developing the skills, competences and capabilities in and around Project and Portfolio management.PM and portfolio management process owner / responsible for process development and synchronisation with surrounding processes and stakeholders.Further developing the common Project Management Culture in eNext and across whole company together with other PMO's.
Senior PMO Manager at Fortum
May 2019 - Oct 2020
Developing Fortum's project management competences, capabilities, skills, processes and project culture to ensure excellent customer satisfaction and efficiency in our operations.
Director, Business Development
Suomen Projekti-Instituutti Oy
Jan 2018 - Apr 2019
Growing the company business internationally in selected countries and developing the international strategy and concrete growth plans. Developing new business models, concepts and new products to the company service portfolio. Sales work and offering development balanced with regular training, coaching and consulting in all areas and aspects of PM including PM culture development. Serving new and existing customers with excellent customer satisfaction.
Business-oriented Leader, Innovator, Networker, Developer, Advisor and Consultant adding true value
Looking for new opportunities
Mar 2016 - Jan 2018
Leader, Executive Advisor and consultant training, developing and creating excellent business capabilities for the customers and companies I work with.Working as a trainer, coach, mentor and consultant for IIL (International Institute for learning) and Tieturi. Helping companies and individuals to develop their project management capabilities, competences, practices and leadership skills.
Head of Project Management Networks
Tieto Finland
Apr 2013 - Mar 2016
Leading one of Tieto’s key strategic business capabilities PPM (Program & Project mgmt) with global responsibility of the company PPM processes, tools, competences, communication, networking and further Tieto PPM area development.Leading, coordinating and improving the work and co-operation in the different Project management networks in different countries within the company.Developing, simplifying and deploying PM processes, methodologies and best practices globally. Linking the PPM processes with other surrounding processes in close co-operation with the other stakeholders and process ownersEstablishing new PMOs in different parts of the company and coordinating the common PMO co-operation, development and information sharing across all boundaries.Re-defining the Tieto global PPM career path and renewing the whole internal PPM training offering and creating new trainings based on the needs.Information and knowledge sharing globally through the internal monthly Webcasts.
Head of Program management CoE
Tieto Finland
Jan 2010 - Mar 2016
Setting up and facilitating the global Program Management Center of Excellence reference network where program managers shared their experiences with the purpose of growing their capabilities and learning from each other through active participation, sharing, discussion and coaching/mentoring. Monthly best practices and personal learnings sharing and comparing experiences with participants through facilitated discussions. Co-operation with peer network colleagues and helping each other in challenging situations.
Manager in Tieto PPM (Project and Program Management)
Tieto Finland
Jan 2010 - Mar 2013
Working as a line manager for Tieto’s most experienced Program and Project managers (PPM). Leading the Team (30+ persons) with competence development focus and participating actively in the recruiting, offering development and sales work.PPM business development.Presenting the Tieto PPM (Project, Program and PMO) competencies in different national and international forums and seminars.Main contact person from Tieto actively participating in the co-operation with other Project & Program management associations and standardisation bodies like IPMA.
Head of Program management
Nokia Siemens Networks
Apr 2007 - Jan 2010
Global position including the overall management of the Program Management function with full budgeting and resourcing responsibility, direct line management of all Business Line Program managers and Program assistants around the world (6 countries), Responsibility for Program management excellence, competence development, process, tools and methodologies. Program progress, budget and resource allocation follow-up, cross-Program risk management/balancing, Agile Program & SW development process enhancement actions with process organisation and global Program Management Office development and management.Successful management of the Business Unit leadership team position required excellent multicultural leadership, good Product Lifecycle knowledge and working in close co-operation with the other BU leadership team members to create, manage and effectively deploy the company, Business Unit and Business line strategies.
Head of Program management
Nokia Siemens Networks
2006 - Mar 2007
Heading the newly formed Program management function in the Business Line with responsibility of the success of all customer deliveries, project and program management competences and capabilities, development portfolio follow-up and reporting. Direct line management of the BL Program managers, supporting the sales and ongoing customer deliveries. Working also as a Program advisor and managing & further developing the BL PMO.Working as a subject matter expert of PM area in the common company-wide process development re-defining the overall PM processes and synchronising them with all other related/connected processes.
Several positions
Nokia Siemens Networks
Feb 1984 - 2006
During my years with Nokia I had the privilege of belonging to a culture that really appreciated personal competence development and encouraged people to take new responsibilities and do effective job rotation. By working in practice in different roles in different parts of the organisation gave me a thorough understanding how everything comes together in programs, projects, portfolios, serving customers as well as creating and managing profitable business by good leadership. I worked in a number of different positions such as: - Head of Program Office - Senior Program manager - Program manager - Consultant - Competence Area Manager - R&D manager - Sales support - Senior Product manager - Product manager - Project manager- Team leader- Group manager- Signalling expert- Trainer- Chief Architect- Architect- SW specialist- Senior Designer- SW Designer & Engineer- Testing engineer
Kotkan Teknillinen Oppilaitos
Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Helsinki University of Technology
Master of Science (MSc)
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