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Sonja Hilavuo to Lead Business Service Solutions and Languages as Degree Programme Director

Sonja Hilavuo to Lead Business Service Solutions and Languages as Degree Programme Director

Sonja Hilavuo, M.Sc. (Eng.), has been chosen as Degree Programme Director in Business Service Solutions and Languages degree programmes. Sonja joins Haaga-Helia from VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland), where she served as Vice President responsible for sales and customer partnerships. Her start date in Haaga-Helia is September 1, 2019.

Sonja has a long international experience in business leadership, and with that, a solid understanding of the changing needs of organisations. Sonja’s international career has taken her around the world to more than 70 countries, and she has worked and lived in Dubai, Nigeria, the UK, and France. While Sonja has a technical degree, she has always been interested in languages. In addition to English, Sonja has studied and used Swedish, German, Russian, French and Spanish in her work.

Sonja’s career, mostly related to sales and business development, has covered both big corporations as well as start-ups, from Mars to Microsoft, and from Nokia to fintech Avalo. The products and industries she has worked with have ranged from telecommunications technology and mobile services to food products, medical technology, and bio economy. Sonja’s specialty is B-to-B business, wholesale, distribution, and retail. She is thoroughly experienced in leading teams and leadership teams in a variety of cultures.

Sonja has a vocational pedagogical qualification from Haaga-Helia and is currently working on her PhD on continuous learning in Aalto University.  She has a passion for teaching and education, and all through her career, she has been developing commercial and executive training programs on strategy, sales management, and disruptive innovations with partners like London Business School and Harvard. 

I wish Sonja warmly welcome to Haaga-Helia and the Digital Business team, and wish her the best of success in her new role!

Salla Huttunen
director, Digital Business