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Ulla Heinonen is the new Managing Director of Gaia

Ulla Heinonen has been appointed the Managing Director of the sustainable business consultancy Gaia. Heinonen brings digitalization expertise to further strengthen Gaia’s capacity to build clients’ competitiveness and new business opportunities.

Ulla Heinonen (40) will start as Managing Director of Gaia Consulting Oy on February 1, 2018. Heinonen has previously worked in leadership positions in the IT industry, specializing in strategies, processes and sustainable development. Heinonen holds a doctoral degree in Technology. She wrote her doctoral thesis on participatory management of water resources in Cambodia.

“Digitalization is a central part of sustainable business, and Gaia is on the cutting edge of this development. New digital services improve material efficiency in businesses and cut down on the amount of generated waste. Above all, digitalization will create new business opportunities contributing to economically, ecologically and socially sustainable development”, says Ulla Heinonen.

“This is a very natural step on our continued growth. Ulla complements perfectly our top consultants’ current expertise. With Ulla, we continue to grow and Gaia will be an even more effective partner to our clients”, says Pasi Rinne, Chairman of the Board of Gaia Group.

Juha Vanhanen, Pasi Rinne and Mari Hjelt to concentrate on client work

Juha Vanhanen will continue as Managing Director of Gaia Group Oy, Pasi Rinne as Chairman of the Board of Gaia Group and Mari Hjelt as Vice Managing Director of Gaia Consulting. Ulla’s appointment will allow them to devote more of their time to client work.

Gaia is an independent consultancy that helps its customers make the world cleaner and safer. After more than 20 years, Gaia is one of the world’s largest and most experienced teams in its field. Gaia has partnered with more than 1000 clients on all continents to make their businesses more competitive and efficient. Gaia works globally with its clients and partners from its offices in Helsinki, Turku, Gothenburg, Zurich, Beijing, Addis Ababa, Buenos Aires, and San Francisco.

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