Finnforel Corporation appoints Tommi Mäkinen as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and head of Finnforel Technologies

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Tommi Mäkinen (M. Sc.) has been appointed as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and head of Finnforel Technologies. In this role he will be heading the company’s technology development, planning and construction of its new international fish farming gigafactories. The newly established Finnforel Technologies business unit includes the research and commercial operations of fish genetics.

Finnforel Corporation appoints Tommi Mäkinen as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and head of Finnforel Technologies. Photo: Antti Rastivo
Finnforel Corporation appoints Tommi Mäkinen as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and head of Finnforel Technologies. Photo: Antti Rastivo

Tommi has extensive international experience in the areas of enterprise digitalization, process automation and disruptive innovations. He joins Finnforel from Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), one of the world's largest IT services companies. At TCS, he held the role of digital transformation and innovation lead in Europe, focusing on new emerging concepts and technologies.

“I am happy to have Tommi join the Finnforel leadership team, as he comes with knowledge and broad international experience that will help accelerate Finnforel’s growth. Our mission is to transform the fish industry towards sustainable, zero waste and zero emission processes. This journey requires mastering the latest technologies and new, out-of-the-box thinking.” Says Finnforel’s CEO, Max Alfthan.

“Having learned so much about the different possibilities and the greater collective knowledge of humankind at TCS, I am happy to be able to take this next step and help Finnforel in their fight towards a better planet “, says Tommi Mäkinen

The Finland-based technology company Finnforel has become one of the world's leading ecological fish farms since its founding in 2017. The company’s products are currently sold in more than a thousand grocery stores in Finland under the Saimaan Tuore brand. The company achieved a significant breakthrough in November 2020, when its million-kilo production plant in Varkaus achieved its maximum capacity level for premium rainbow trout farming.

The company announced a major investment program on 11th November 2021, and has now started constructions of its first large scale gigafactory project in Varkaus, that forms the blueprint for the company’s global expansion plans. The investment includes a global genome selection and fish egg production center to be built in Hollola, Finland.

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Max Alfthan, CEO, Finnforel Oy
max.alfthan@finnforel.com
tel. +358 40 0461640

Tommi Mäkinen
tel +358 50 3012297

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Finnforel Corporation appoints Tommi Mäkinen as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and head of Finnforel Technologies. Photo: Antti Rastivo
Finnforel Corporation appoints Tommi Mäkinen as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and head of Finnforel Technologies. Photo: Antti Rastivo
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About Finnforel Oy

Finnforel Oy
Satakunnankatu 10
78300 Varkaus

+358 20 731 0140https://www.finnforel.com/

Finnforel Oy is a Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) facility and Finnish family business specialising in genetics and related technology that was founded in 2017. The company currently has pilot plants in Varkaus, Hollola and Joroinen that produce approximately one million kilos of organically farmed rainbow trout each year. The company's best-known brand is Saimaan Tuore, whose rainbow trout products are available in more than a thousand grocery stores throughout Finland.

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