Risto Siilasmaa is the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nokia Corporation. He joined the Nokia Board in 2008 and became Chairman of the Board in May 2012. As Chairman he led Nokia through its transformation from an ailing devices company to a successful network infrastructure player through the divestiture of the Nokia device business to Microsoft and the acquisition of Nokia Siemens Networks and the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent.
Mr Siilasmaa is the founder of F-Secure Corporation, a Finnish cybersecurity company and served as the President and CEO of the company between 1988-2006. Since then he has held the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr Siilasmaa is a member of the Board of Directors of Futurice Corporation, the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Confederation of Finnish Industries, Chairman of the Technology Industries of Finland and a member of the European Round Table ERT. He is also a member of Tsinghua SEM Advisory Board, International Business Leaders Advisory Council for the Mayor of Beijing and High-level Advisory Council of the World Internet Conference (Wuzhen Summit). In addition Mr Siilasmaa is the Finnish Chairman of the recently established China-Finland Committee for Innovative Business Cooperation.
Mr. Siilasmaa has received several awards including Nordic Chairman of the year 2009, the Most Influential IT Leader 2007, The Leader of the Decade 2003 and Innovation Luminary Award 2015 granted by EU Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group.
Mr. Siilasmaa holds a Master of Science degree from the Helsinki University of Technology and he was awarded Honorary Doctorate in Technology by Aalto University schools of technology in 2018.