Industrial designer, MA, Petteri Kolinen has been appointed as the new Managing Director of Design Forum Finland, the promotion organization of Finnish design. He will begin his new duties on August 1, 2015. In line with its revised strategy, Design Forum Finland will focus increasingly on serving businesses and promoting the competitive advantages enabled by design expertise in the future.
“Petteri Kolinen’s wide experience in different industries, his leadership experience and understanding of integrating design into businesses’ core activities are precisely those areas of expertise that we now need to implement the organization’s strategy. Design Forum Finland wants to work closely with other actors in the field of design. Kolinen contributes his personality and expertise to be a part of this development,” says Ulla Uimonen, Chairman of the Board.
“We would also like to thank Dan Colliander for the excellent work he has done in the past months acting as the interim Managing Director of Design Forum Finland in addition to his other duties, a post in which he will continue until August,” says Uimonen.
Kolinen has a long experience in various managerial positions in design from diverse industries. In 1993–2007, Kolinen worked at Nokia as Design Manager, responsible for various teams, as well as e.g. managing the Design Studio at the Keilaniemi headquarters. After this, he was a member of the Group Management Team and Design Director at Martela. He will join Design Forum Finland from Nanso, where he held the post of Creative Director.
“My great passion is to bring together Finland’s top-level creative skills and business world. The world is changing, so Finnish companies need to raise the attractiveness of their products and services to succeed in the global competition. In that task, design plays a crucial role,” says Petteri Kolinen.
Design Forum Finland Chairman of the Board Ulla Uimonen, +358 (0)50 313 1058, and Board Member Pekka Mattila, +358 (0)40 738 7221.
Petteri Kolinen, +358 (0)40 5410 261
About Design Forum Finland:
Design Forum Finland is a promotion organization of Finnish design. Design Forum Finland's primary target group consists of businesses that need and want to make design their new competitive advantage. Design Forum Finland is a non-profit organization that provides services for which there is no functioning market elsewhere. www.designforum.fi