ABB – KY Alumni Story: Niku Paananen, Controlling & Planning Center of Expertise Front Office Manager

Hi everyone!

My name is Niku Paananen and I graduated from the Aalto University School of Business with a master’s
degree in Finance in 2014. Besides my major in finance, I studied economics as a minor and spent a term
abroad as an exchange student. I started my career at ABB in 2013 and I’m currently working as a
Controlling & Planning Center of Expertise Front Office Manager.

Career at ABB

I joined ABB’s Global Trainee Program in Finance & Business Control fresh after finishing my studies in
2013. During the Global Trainee Program I completed two assignments abroad. I worked 6 months as a
Treasury Analyst in Group Treasury in Zurich defining and implementing financing and capital structures
throughout ABB Group. I spent 1 year in Melbourne, Australia as a project controller in a business building
microgrid solutions.

After the trainee program I have gained broader experience of controlling in sales, service and business
controlling roles in the Finnish market in various businesses throughout ABB portfolio from home
automation to robotics. I’ve cultivated my interest in business analytics throughout my career and did a 6-
month project assignment in Frankfurt, Germany developing business intelligence solutions.

In my current role, I get to bring my global and local experience together. I collaborate with the country and
global organization in projects related to our Controlling Center of Expertise and other Financial Planning &
Analysis work streams. I serve as the right hand to CFO of ABB Finland and as a team lead for small country
controlling team. Creating opportunities for sharing best practices and identifying development
opportunities in the local finance community are key parts of my role.

I enjoy the possibility to experience all the dimensions of international financial management in a
multinational company. Skillset in finance works as a door opener to experience the diversity of ABB’s
business portfolio.

Interested in a career at ABB?

First of all, I would absolutely recommend ABB as an employer. ABB offers a unique combination of a truly
global company with a major presence in Finland. Global networks together with open job market create
possibilities for an international career. Major presence in Finland generates opportunities locally.
As many say, find what you like to do and strive for that. ABB Global Trainee Program allowed me to
develop a broad understanding of opportunities in finance when laying out the foundations for my career.

About ABB

ABB is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to
achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics,
automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new
levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about
110,000 talented employees in over 100 countries. Discover our career opportunities for students:
abb.fi/uralle

 

ABB – KY Alumni Story: Karoliina Pollari, Head of Talent Acquisition and Talent Advancement HUB

Hi there!

My name is Karoliina Pollari and I am currently working as a Head of Talent Acquisition and Talent
Advancement HUB for European countries in HR at ABB. I have graduated from Helsingin
Kauppakorkeakoulu, which is nowadays called Aalto University.

Career at ABB

I was headhunted to ABB one year ago. Before ABB, I have worked in other companies like Nokia and Telia
in various tax, finance, and HR positions. In my current role as a hub lead, I’m supporting our teams to
attract and acquire the best talents to ABB both from external and internal markets.

At ABB, our values are the cornerstone of our culture – and our values can be seen in action every day. I
appreciate my caring, kind, polite, respectful, and intelligent colleagues from around the world. I find ABB a
lovely mixture of super cool modern things and well-cherished traditions that are making us as employees
feel privileged. Additionally, our business is fulfilling my purpose, as with our products and innovations, we
can make the world a better place to live. Besides that, I love my work as I can use my entire palette of
competencies and skills as having relatively free hands to design my work and how I want to lead the team.

Greetings to students

I find ABB a great employer, and I would recommend working at ABB. ABB is a truly international company,
where you can work with so many different businesses. In Finland, there are not many other companies as
big and global as ABB is. In addition, ABB is already a different company as it was one year ago when I
started my career at ABB. Furthermore, we have been recently selected as among the top employers in
many countries worldwide and of course in Finland too. Go and check our postings on Linkedin, Twitter, or
Instagram to learn more about our cool business!

About ABB

ABB is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to
achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics,
automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new
levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about
110,000 talented employees in over 100 countries. Discover our career opportunities for students:
abb.fi/uralle

 

ABB – KY Alumni Story: Teemu Valminen

ABB – KY Alumni Story: Teemu Valminen, Business Developer

 

Hey there!

 

I am a 2019 Graduate from Information and Service Management department. During my studies, I decided to bet for a relatively mixed set of cross-disciplinary courses rather than strictly following our study guides. This approach prepared me well with consulting and project management practices, but on the other hand, I have had to work on my T-skills specialization area myself. Although this path was successful to me, I would encourage you to weigh carefully if deviating the study guides is for everyone.

 

Career at ABB

 

After my bachelor’s degree back in 2017, I applied to ABB for R&D processes development trainee position. In this position, I left my fingerprint to world-class R&D processes and ways of working. Practical examples would be that I surveyed R&D project managers on their awareness and use of R&D project management model, and I created and established new organizational practices to support innovation. Before this position, I had worked during summers for another large Finnish company.

 

Working part-time appeared to be a good fit for me as it helped me to figure out my future career aspirations, and to draft an idea which courses I would need to pick to start building my professional skills. Eventually I had the opportunity to do my MSc Thesis for ABB with an innovation management related thesis which also paved my road to my current role as a business developer.

 

In my role as a business developer, I am an integral part of a project team in one of our key initiatives in sales development. My key stakeholders are the few thousand sales professionals across various regions, and my team reports directly to division sales managers of multi-billion business divisions. This has given me a unique chance to get known into industrial landscape, including different industry segments (like renewables or food and beverage) and industrial customers. I have been supporting my team on daily basis, with various aspects; doing interviews with key stakeholders, preparing consulting templates, and crafting training material.

 

I find that working for ABB is meaningful. We also live everyday our 4C values; courage to make a difference, care of our people, curiosity to do things better, and collaboration. As our purpose is to keep the world turning while saving energy every day, I feel that I can contribute to some of the world’s biggest challenges in an important way.

 

I would highly recommend making the most out of your thesis, as it will be a unique chance to practice your project management and consulting skills. I believe that every of our graduates should have these theses skills in good shape! On top of that, it can act as a ‘proof of concept’ of your skills to prospect employees.

 

Wishing you all the best with your pursuit and ambitions!

-Teemu

 

About ABB

 

ABB is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 110,000 talented employees in over 100 countries. Discover our career opportunities for students: abb.fi/uralle

 

 

KYE 2/2021 CALL TO REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL MEETING, 16.2. REMOTE MEETING AT 17.00

KYE 2/2021 CALL TO REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL MEETING

Time: Tuesday 16.2.2021 at 17.00

Place: Saha, Konemiehentie 4, 02150 Espoo, but please note that THIS MEETING IS HELD REMOTELY

Agenda:

  1. OPENING OF THE MEETING
  2. RECORDING THE LAWFULNESS OF THE MEETING
  3. RECORDING THE QUORUM OF THE MEETING
    1. RECORDING THE RECUSED AND RESIGNED
    2. RECORDING THE UNAVAILABLE
    3. RECORDING THE PRESENT
  4. SUMMONING THE EXAMINERS OF THE MINUTES
  5. CONFIRMING THE AGENDA
  6. ANNOUNCEMENTS
  7. LATEST NEWS FROM THE OFFICE
  8. OFFICE PROGRAM 2021
  9. STRATEGY UPDATE
  10. ELECTING MEMBER TO STRATEGY TASK FORCE
  11. STUDENT CENTER UPDATE
  12. APPROVING THE BUDGET OF 2021 AND DECISION ON THE BUDGET EFFECT OF ORGANISATIONAL CHANGES
  13. STATUS UPDATE ON THE POST OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
  14. OTHER EMERGING ISSUES
  15. CLOSING OF THE MEETING

In Espoo 9.2.2021

Arttu Lääkkölä
Chair of the Representative Council

KY’s Company of the Week – ABB

Great to meet you KY!

Have you ever thought about working in the field of technology as a business student? At ABB, we are
committed to solving some of the biggest global challenges of our time. This is only possible through our
exceptional people who work, every day, for a better future. During this week, you get to learn what we do
at ABB and meet our KY alumni who will be sharing their career stories. Today you will have a chance to get
to know us and learn more about our entry opportunities for a student.

About ABB

ABB is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to
achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics,
automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new
levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about
110,000 talented employees in over 100 countries.

Summer internship at ABB

The summer internship is a great way to kick-start your career at ABB! As a global company, we provide
versatile summer internships, for example, in the fields of marketing, finance, procurement, HR, and many
other business-related fields. Our summer internships are mainly located in Helsinki and Vaasa and typically
last from one to four months long.

The summer internship application period is now open until the 28th of February 2021. Learn more about
our summer internship opportunities and apply here.

More opportunities to kick-start your career at ABB

Besides summer internships, you can join ABB via our internship programs or thesis work positions. We run
full-time and part-time internships all year round, and we publish the open internship positions here.
Additionally, one way to start working with us is to apply for a thesis position. Finally, after graduation, you
can always apply for our entry-level jobs. Discover our open career opportunities here.

Meanwhile, check out the video below and learn more our purpose!

 

SHN 1/2021 CALL TO SUPERVISORY COUNCIL MEETING

(Abbreviated, unofficial version)

SHN 1/2021 CALL TO KY FOUNDATION SUPERVISORY COUNCIL MEETING (REMOTE MEETING)

Time: Tuesday 26.1.2021 at 17.00

Agenda:

  1. OPENING OF THE MEETING
  2. STATING THE LEGALITY OF THE MEETING
  3. RECORDING THE QUORUM OF THE MEETING
  • Recording of the line-up of Supervisory Council members
  • Recording of disqualified and resigned members
  • Recording of unavailable members
  • Recording of members present
  1. SUMMONING THE INSPECTORS OF THE MINUTES
  2. CONFIRMING THE AGENDA
  3. RECORDING THE CHAIRPERSONS OF THE SUPERVISORY COUNCIL
  4. LATEST NEWS FROM THE BOARD
  5. NOMINATION OF THE MEMBER TO THE SUBSIDIES COMMITTEE
  6. ANNOUNCEMENTS
  7. OTHER BUSINESS
  8. CLOSING OF THE MEETING

 

In Espoo 21.1.2020

Arttu Lääkkölä

Chair of the Supervisory Council

 

NOTICES ON ATTENDANCE: Please notify the vice-chair Kim Jokinen 24 hours before the meeting whether you can attend the meeting.

 

KYE 1/2021 CALL TO REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL MEETING, 26.1. REMOTE MEETING AT 18.00

KYE 1/2021 CALL TO REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL MEETING

Time: Tuesday 26.1.2021 at 18.00

Place: Saha, Konemiehentie 4, 02150 Espoo, but please note that THIS MEETING IS HELD REMOTELY

 

Agenda:

 

  1. OPENING OF THE MEETING
  2. RECORDING THE LAWFULNESS OF THE MEETING
  3. RECORDING THE QUORUM OF THE MEETING
    1. RECORDING THE RECUSED AND RESIGNED
    2. RECORDING THE UNAVAILABLE
    3. RECORDING THE PRESENT
  4. SUMMONING THE EXAMINERS OF THE MINUTES
  5. CONFIRMING THE AGENDA
  6. ANNOUNCEMENTS
  7. LATEST NEWS FROM THE OFFICE
  8. PRELIMINARY DISCUSSION ABOUT BUDGET EFFECT OF THE ORGANISATIONAL CHANGES
  9. ABOLISHING THE POST OF ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER
  10. UPDATE FROM ATALENT
  11. MOTION RESPONSE
  12. SUPPLEMENTING COUNCIL COMMITTEES
  13. OTHER EMERGING ISSUES
  14. CLOSING OF THE MEETING

 

 

In Espoo 19.1.2021

Arttu Lääkkölä
Chair of the Representative Council

SHN 6/2020 CALL FOR SUPERVISORY COUNCIL MEETING (Remote meeting)

(Abbreviated, unofficial version)

 

SHN 6/2020 CALL FOR KY FOUNDATION SUPERVISORY COUNCIL MEETING

 

Time: Monday 21.12.2020 at 17.00

The meeting is held remotely.

 

Agenda:

 

  1. OPENING OF THE MEETING
  2. STATING THE LEGALITY OF THE MEETING
  3. RECORDING THE QUORUM OF THE MEETING
  4. SUMMONING THE EXAMINERS OF THE MINUTES
  5. CONFIRMING THE AGENDA
  6. BOARD INFORMATION
  7. DECIDING ON THE REWARDS FOR 2021
  8. ACTION PLAN 2021
  9. BUDGET 2021
  10. ELECTING THE AUDITORS
  11. ANNOUNCEMENTS
  12. OTHER EMERGING ISSUES
  13. CLOSING OF THE MEETING

 

In Espoo 16.12.2020

Anna Halsas

Chair of the Supervisory Council

 

NOTICES ON ATTENDANCE: Please notify the vice-chair Oona Sunnari 24 hours before the meeting whether you can attend the meeting.

Committees for 2021 have been chosen!

KY committees for the year 2021 have been chosen. Congratulations to all the new committee members!

This year, we received an exceptionally large number of applications which made the final decisions extremely difficult. Sadly, a lot of great applicants had to be left out, but we want to thank every single applicant for their amazing efforts. It is heartwarming to see that even after a challenging year like this, our community is still strong and filled with extraordinary people like you!

 

The committees of 2021:

 

Academic Affairs Committee, KOVA

Chair: Jesse Haapanen
Employee: Joona Huikuri

Airi Nevalainen
Akseli Manninen
Janne Starck
Matleena Inget
Otto Kopra
Saramaria Ritala
Valeria Värä

 

Corporate Relations Committee, CORE

Chair: Tuomas Takanen
Employees: Daniel Harper Kakkonen, Eemeli Paunonen

Aino Hakkarainen
Anni Kaijansinkko
Elmo Kekkonen
Jatta Lappi
Jialin Ni
Kalle Koivu
Maiju Rossi
Mauro Nieminen
Petriina Heikkinen

 

Cultural Committee, KUVA

Chair: Aleksi Huhtamäki
Employee: Topias Turppa

Aino Piipponen
Emmi Seppälä
Eve Haiko
Isabella Kärkkäinen
Jenni Lehtinen
Joel Pirinen
Julius Tall
Onni Syvälahti
Oskari Mäkinen
Petra Weiste
Tero Karesniemi
Verna Launonen

Mandates: Anni Toivonen, Jatta Saari, Minea Wallis-Brown

 

Masters’ Committee, MC

Chair: Mia Lundström
Employee: Emilia Silius

Eeva Lauritsalo
Essi Pelttari
Essi Tähtinen
Hilma Schönberg
Johanna Hytönen
Leo Huovila
Minka Sukanen
Paula Malka
Roman Romanovich
Topi Ronkainen
Yannic Kluthe

 

Sports and Wellbeing Committee, LiHy

Chair: Helmi Nuortimo
Employee: Sanni Lappalainen

Anna Salmi
Inka Palimo
Joakim Saurén
Joonas Lappalainen
Jussi Kuismin
Kanerva Mäkikoskela
Maria Karesoja
Peik Purra
Sara Pirhonen
Stella Karkamo
Tytti Tuomi

 

Tutor Committee, TC

Chair: Meeri Gummerus
Board Member: Aleksi Huhtamäki

Aino Haapamäki
Eemeli Paunonen
Janika Santala
Kaisa Pitkäkari
Katri Teräsniska
Kim Jokinen
Linda Laakkonen
Sara Hyttinen

Again, we want to thank everyone who applied for the committees and wish you all a great 2021!

KY Foundation sells the KY Building to NCC

KY is going separate ways with the 80-year-old KY Building in need of renovation, and shifting their gaze to the future. The deal ensures the business students’ operating conditions for the future years and enables the design of first-class new student facilities in the immediate vicinity of the new Aalto University School of Business in Otaniemi.

Foundation for Business Students in Aalto University has agreed on the sale of the KY Building to NCC Property Development Oy. The historic building will be renovated into multifunctional office and retail space. The renovation begins in 2021, and the major overhaul and refurbishment works on the property will be completed in 2023.

Since its completion during the Second World War, the KY Building has served as the hub of the business student culture and at the same time provided retail, student apartments, entertainment services and office spaces for its users. Currently, the building is home for four restaurants, an office hotel and students’ event spaces, but most of the office space in the building is vacant and the building services systems are largely at the end of their service life.

“We are delighted to see the building get the kind of new life it deserves, so that both the present and the former students can continue to be proud of it”, says Roope Paju, Chairman of the Board of the KY Foundation. “This is definitely the end of one era, but at the same time the beginning of a new era for KY. The sale of the building will secure KY’s financial position well into the future and enable the acquisition of new first-class facilities on the Otaniemi campus as well as raising the Foundation’s service level in the coming years.”

“NCC is a highly experienced renovator of old buildings of special value. We know how to bring them to new splendour with due respect to tradition. The KY Building will remain a classic also in the future”, NCC’s Property Developer Matti Partanen says.

The Basement Party Venue and the 3rd floor of the building will temporarily stay in student use. KY Foundation prepares to provide improved temporary space selection and increased project grant budget to ensure the continuation of the student associations’ activities also after the closure of the current premises in the building.