Leadership

Harri Rauhala, CEO

Harri Rauhala joined the Omnitele team in 2019, with a vast background on strategy consulting. Harri brings over 20 years of experience from the telecom sector, including 6 years as the Chief Strategy Officer for Cell C, a South African mobile network operator. Harri holds an M.Sc. degree in economics, and an MBA.

Harri is a keen cyclist and to judged from the number of bikes about to start a bike shop. For winter a cycling helmet is replaced by a ski helmet, as Harri enjoys skiing and outdoor life with the family.

Päivi Haapala – Head of Delivery and Professional Services

Päivi Haapala has joined Omnitele in December 1997. Päivi has over 10 years of experience working as a Principal Consultant at Omnitele. She has been working as a project manager and as a technical expert in numerous customer projects ranging from network planning and optimisation, benchmarking and network audits to network rollouts, technology feasibility studies and spectrum valuation assessments. In addition, she has been managing various consulting teams in Omnitele. Päivi holds an M.Sc. and Lic. Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering.

Rauno Huoviala – Head of Solutions & Service Development

Rauno Huoviala joined Omnitele in 2008, and before that, he worked for Telia Sonera group in mobile technology R&D and in program lead for mobile network strategy. In Omnitele Rauno has been managing Network Development and Service & Business Development teams, being responsible for the increased value of services to Omnitele customer companies. As a Principal Consultant, Rauno has been strongly involved also in customer projects, especially in transformation initiatives to increase the value of operator Data Analytics and BigData solutions. Rauno holds an M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management.

Jani Nieminen – Head of Advisory Services

Jani Nieminen joined Omnitele in 2012. He has a strong background in mobile network technologies combined with extensive advisory experience from technology strategy, spectrum valuation, network investment planning and sourcing. In Omnitele, Jani has been involved in several international consulting projects, in both senior expert and project management roles. He has an in-depth understanding of the different challenges experienced by mobile network operators during technology transformations. Jani holds an M.Sc. degree in Communications Engineering.

Arnold van Holten – Head of Sales & Marketing

Arnold van Holten joined the Omnitele team in 2011. Arnold’s career covers 30 years in mobile telecoms with positions at Nokia Mobile Phones R&D, Vodafone, T-mobile, Orange and KPN, where he has held technical and commercial senior management positions with responsibility for mobile network technology, project management as well as for service and product development. In addition, Arnold has worked in general management and business development roles for a number of technology consultancy companies. Arnold holds an M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering.

Risto Vidgren – Chief Financial Officer

Risto Vidgren joined Omnitele-team in December 2018. Risto has over 20 years’ experience in different positions in finance and business development in Finland and abroad. These positions range from larger companies (Nokia Networks Oy, Konecranes Oyj) to medium-sized and startup-companies. Risto has an M.Sc. degree in Accounting and Finance.