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Brought to you by the Finnish Central Organisation for Motor Trades and Repairs (AKL), AKL Summit presents an impressive range of top Finnish and international presenters. Refresh your knowledge, find new inspiration and take the best ideas with you.
AKL Summit brings together around 1,000 influential figures in the automotive industry. Come to meet your colleagues and major operators in the field in Finlandia Hall, Helsinki.
Päivi Pentti has extensive experience in coaching managers and supervisors, having worked with companies in various industries for over twenty years. Pentti is at her best in situations that demand close cooperation with the employee community, where managers and supervisors must be supported in developing their individual strengths. This makes it possible to meet the set targets and enhance staff skills and wellbeing. A large amount of Pentti’s work involves individual coaching and group-based verbal sparring. The development of executive teams and situations involving management and administration often require a consultative approach and verbal sparring. The changes taking place in working life also present their own challenges to leadership, as often becomes evident during coaching. Pentti is an internationally certified management coach and work community mediator, and has long experience in providing introductions at various kinds of seminars.
Finlandia Hall at 1:30 pm
Anu Waaralinna is widely regarded for her extensive expertise in labour law, and has been an advisor to employers for over twenty years. With her formidable experience and expertise, Waaralinna is at her best when handling wide-ranging and demanding client assignments. Her skills are especially valued in strategic consultancy work for boards of directors and executive teams, as well as in other exacting counselling in the field of labour law. Anu is also a highly sought-after legal counsel in matters of reorganisation and labour law litigation, amongst other areas. He frequently lectures and chairs seminars both in Finland and abroad. Waaralinna places a high priority on keeping up to date on the continually evolving challenges of labour law to ensure that her clients always receive the best and most timely advice.
Finlandia Hall at 1:30 pm
Anssi Rantanen learned whilst at Google how the fastest companies in the world systematise their growth. His 3-year tenure at the company give him a unique perspective on the future of growing companies. At Google, he worked closely with 40+ Finnish marketing organisations (from scale-ups to corporates), which gave him a unique birds-eye view of the growth capabilities and processes of companies today.
Rantanen believes that the future winners emphasize learning and self-directed teams. He’s noticed that many of the large companies lack the ability to take risks. "At the 100 000 employee Google taking risks and being entrepreneurial was celebrated. There continuous learning was inherent in the culture, whereas most other corporates don’t embrace similar values" Rantanen says.
Today Anssi Rantanen operates as the Finnish CEO of Growth Tribe. Growth Tribe is Europe’s first and leading growth academy. Anssi talks about the growth mindset and culture and how companies can systematise their growth.
Finlandia Hall at 3.45 pm
Lindholm on perustanut Suomen parhaaksi verkkokaupaksikin valitun Varustelekan, joka on armeijaylijäämän ja ulkoilun erikoisliike. Perustaessaan Varustelekaa vuonna 2003 Lindholm oli 21-vuotias ja sai yrityksen perustamista varten kaveriltaan tuhannen euron lainan. Rahat hän sijoitti lavalliseen armeijaylijäämää Saksasta, koodasi nettikaupan itse eikä alkuun maksanut palkkaa itselleen. Tuo lainatonni oli äkkiä maksettu pois, eikä Varustelekaan ole sen jälkeen sijoittajia tarvittu – se on kasvanut nykyiseen kokoonsa Euroopan suurimmaksi sitä tonnin pesämunaa pyörittelemällä. Viime vuonna Varusteleka teki 1,3 miljoonan euron liikevaihdolla 340 000 euron tuloksen. Varustelekaa voikin sanoa melkoiseksi menestystarinaksi.
Tällä hetkellä Lindholmin tärkein työ Lekalla on hallitustyö, minkä lisäksi hän on avuksi markkinoinnissa ja omien brändien tuotteiden suunnittelussa. Lindholm valittiin 2015 Vuoden nuoreksi yrittäjäksi ja hän pääsi Linnan juhliinkin. Tähän liittyvässä julkisuusrytäkässä hän pääsi kärkkäine mielipiteineen entistä paremmin mediaan, ja häntä ruvettiin kutsumaan puhumaan ihan toden teolla.
AKL Summitissa Lindholm puhuu siitä, että koska internetiä ei voi kuitenkaan räjäyttää, niin olisi parempi ottaa ilo irti siitä. Ja jos on rehellinen ja ylpeä työstään, voi markkinoinnissakin olla räväkkyyttä.
Helsinki-sali klo 13:30
An extraordinary leader who led iconic brands Porsche, BMW and Lamborghini to unprecedented levels of success, before creating global businesses from scratch. A corporate trailblazer, serial entrepreneur and world class team builder recognised as one of the most outstanding leaders of his generation.
A highly motivational and engaging speaker, he believes that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary results - and he has the experiences to prove it. He has led global corporations, start-ups, private equity portfolio companies and organisations large and small to create shareholder value in excess of $5 billion.
Despite the demands of his professional career Kevin celebrated his 40th birthday by climbing on Mount Everest. He has subsequently climbed, and continues to climb, some of the world’s highest mountains. He has also walked with his son, unsupported, to both the North and South Poles to raise money for Cancer Research and to support the personal development of special needs students.
Finlandia Hall at 4.45 pm
André Noël Chaker is a Canadian-born lawyer, former senior advisor with the Finnish gaming company Veikkaus and a multi-faceted operator in the technology and sports business. He has hosted and performed as a speaker at over 250 events in Finland and abroad since 2014. Among the events Chaker has moderated are the Nordic Business Forum – on four occasions – and has also hosted many major events for large companies and communities such as IBM, Fujitsu, OP, Orion, Nokia and the European Union. Chaker has also participated in many events in the automotive industry and has hosted several such events.
Chaker is a positive and witty presenter who is able to engage any audience with his explosive energy, sharp sense of humour, quick awareness of different situations and thorough preparation. He has been chosen as Speakersforum’s speaker of the year in Finland twice, in 2012 and 2014. Chaker is also a successful non-fiction writer. His book The Finnish Miracle, published by Alma Talent, is one of best-selling books in the publisher's history.