FEROVALO

Ferovalo is focused on interim management solutions. We are experts in this field and are committed to bringing together the needs of our customers with the best interim executives and their expertise. Our operations are guided by our principles: transparency and effective communication with our customers and executives. When all the cards are laid open and there is no hidden costs or agenda, decisions are easy. Ferovalo is where you will find the most comprehensive group of experienced executives in all fields at your service. Ferovalo takes pride in knowing its customers and executives.

TEAM

Elina Liehu, MBA

Elina Liehu acquired the interim management services of Taplow Finland Oy in May, 2016 and these services continue at Ferovalo Oy, a company owned by her.

Elina Liehu has ten years’ experience in personnel services. She served as the managing director of eWork Finland, part of the Nordic firm concentrated on IT expert staffing services, and grew the company’s turnover from 0 to 30 million Euros in Finland. During her time the parent company was listed on the Stockholm Exchange.

A strong background in sales and excellent networking skills make Elina someone who makes things happen.

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Tarja Kahila

A multitalented organizer and someone who is excited by new ideas. Ferovalo is one of her passions and she believes in the company. She is also the first employee of the company. As to a reason for working at the company she cites: “Elina is just so straightforward to work with.”

linkedin.com/in/tarja-kahila

ADVISORY BOARD

Otto Aalto

Otto is an experienced manager, communicator and organizer. His advice is based in the real world and understanding the way people act. He helps Ferovalo with communications and strategy.

www.linkedin.com/in/ottoaalto

“Every word and every act communicates who you are and how others see you.”

Petri Kämäräinen

Petri has over a quarter of a century of experience in business development and technological solutions. He brings his experience in consulting and digital strategies to Ferovalo. He bases his views and advice firmly on his experience of best practices across several industries.

www.linkedin.com/in/petri-kämäräinen

 “You are never alone. We can do it.”

Tina Nyfors"

Tina has extensive background in international and Finnish executive functions. She brings both her business development and board work experience to Ferovalo.

www.linkedin.com/in/tina-nyfors

Pauliina Sievänen

Pauliina is interested in marketing and customer care, especially service journey. She helps Ferovalo with marketing.

www.linkedin.com/in/pauliinasievanen

Pekka Sundelin

Pekka is professional in ICT leadership and management. He has worked several years in multinational ICT environment. He helps Ferovalo with ICT, project management and strategy.

www.linkedin.com/in/sundelin

Ville Mykkänen

Ville has several years of experience in accounting and financial services. He is also an entrepreneur and helps Ferovalo with financial information and business strategy.

www.linkedin.com/in/villemykkanen

CONTACT INFO

Ferovalo Oy is located near Kamppi in the center of Helsinki:

Fredrikinkatu 61 A 26, 00100 Helsinki

Tarja Kahila +358 400 460 161

Elina Liehu  +358 40 564 7441

Our email addresses are: firstname.lastname@ferovalo.com or im@ferovalo.com

FAQ – INDIVIDUALS

Who can see the CV's?

Ferovalo’s system and process is based on confidentiality. We present to customer only CVs with motivation candidate has written. If our customer’s request is anonymous, we present to them anonymous CV. Just because it is fair. It is important that members use CV generated by our CVTool in order we are able to generate anonymous CV.

Can I use CVs created by CVTool in my other needs?

Yes, you can save various CVs as member and download these in pdf-format in any of your personal use. We respect the time you spend in creating CVs and hope you use our system to keep your CV always updated.

Why in some board competent cases members contact directly company representatives?

We believe in Ferovalo that in any size of company should have competent board. However, the company in start-up phase may select self-service option and save costs by doing most of the process themselves.

Can I get a notification of new assignment possibilities?

When member does registration to system, it is required to fill email and telephone. Members should also select the interest areas of seniority level, region, function and industry and based on this info information about new assignment or board position is emailed to all interested members.

Can I get a notification when an assignment is filled?

Ferovalo informs all candidates through selection process.

What is the cost to be member?

Ferovalo do not charge any cost from its’ members, instead we try to create different benefits you may find interesting.

CASES & REFERENCES

CASE: LASSILA & TIKANOJA

INTERIM EXPERT HELPS LASSILA & TIKANOJA IMPLEMENT NEW SYSTEM

Feb 27, 2017  

Modern skilled experts are highly mobile and quick on their feet but in many cases traditional corporate HR and recruiting has not followed suite. This results in shortages of skills and manpower which can, at worst, constrain your business. The megatrends at work are also quickening the pace needed to keep up with your competition.

Interim Management or expertise is an option in situations where it does not make sense to commit to a full time employee. A modern, agile organization often makes progress through a sequence of projects which each have a defined beginning and end. These projects often need specialized skills and experience which may not be readily available in-house and which would not make sense to retain full-time.In a transition an interim manager can also be a sparring partner and catalyst of change for a whole department or a single manager.

An interim manager or expert can be a full or part time resource. A part time interim manager can bring skills and expertise to a company that can or will not retain this know-how full time.This was the case with Lassila & Tikanoja, which needed an expert quickly in the financial management implementation of their new ERP-system.

”The process with Ferovalo was quick and easy. We had good candidates lined up in a few days’ time, which testifies to the effectiveness of Ferovalo’s network”, says Niklas Wasenius of Lassila & Tiknaoja.”The clearest benefits were the speed with which the candidates were found and their high quality as well as Ferovalo’s understanding of our needs and the kind of person we were looking for”, Wasenius continues.”Petteri, whom we chose, has had a significant role in getting our new system up and running on schedule”, Wasenius thanks.”I recommend Ferovalo to anyone who is in a hurry to get an expert to get over an unexpected situation”, Wasenius adds.

”This project was Ferovalo’s first undertaking with a listed company and an excellent example of how our service model works in a variety of situations”, says Elina Liehu, Founder and CEO of Ferovalo.

NEWS

Article in Tietoasiantuntija magazine

Translation of article in Tietoasiantuntija magazine (ISSN 1795-7338) 2-3/2018

Original article by Otto Aalto

Translation by Tina Nyfors

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KNOWLEDGE AND LEADERSHIP ON DEMAND – surgical use of experienced professionals is gaining popularity

The Finnish markets have lacked a player, who could effectively combine offering both operative and administrative know-how on demand. Interim management in Finland normally refers to transition process at the top executive level.

“Using interim managers as experts or change managers is still rare. In Finland it is seldom that one sees this being used in situations that need quick reactions and learning capabilities, bring in know-how and help organizations acquiring more knowledge. The model of action has simply been missing from Finnish markets”, says Chief Executive Office and founder of Ferovalo, Ms Elina Liehu.

Ferovalo was founded specifically to help companies find high-calibre executives to act in interim and project management roles. This kind of services can now be bought from Ferovalo and other players as needed, for example for few days a week.

Contracting experienced professionals is a rising trend

In Finland, there are a lot of seasoned professionals, who are interested to contribute their knowledge to business life outside of traditional employment models. As we move on, there will be more and more of them. Usually these professionals have so much experience, that they are happy to share it with the rest of the organization, and consequently train less experienced people. This is an increasing trend amongst high-level professionals. There are several reasons in the background for it – as many as there are individuals. Single-minded careerism, long being a norm for professionals, is no longer the only way to do things. According to international research, this trend is increasing, with US taking the lead.

Finland trails behind in the megatrend, and buyers don’t often have experience on how to acquire and integrate the knowledge available to them. Thus, the Finnish buyers should think knowledge acquisition more as a contractual arrangement than as a recruitment process, as the latter tends to slow reaction and decision-making time down significantly.

Mr. Bo Lönnqvist became the Chief Operating Office for Space Nation, as the CEO of this growth company found that he didn’t have sufficient time for operative management. Mr. Lönnqvist has found the interaction with Ferovalo relaxed, well-organized but most importantly, very effective. He praises especially the communication during the contracting process.

Transparency and openness are key

“Majority of Ferovalo’s experts – whom we call members of the network – have heard of us from their acquaintances who have recommended us. We are extremely transparent about the assignments. Also, our fee structure is equally transparent. This pleases both the experts and client companies. Open communication platform keeps everybody up to date, and our members can make independent decisions as they please. We also organize events and other communal functions. Bringing people together creates a vibrant atmosphere where usually something positive happens every time”, explains Ms. Liehu.

Client companies often expect that the expert can tackle the situation within hours. Specific expertise of a particular area or problem is often required.

“I would like to see the companies broadening their perspective a little – often functional expertise in other industries is equally relevant, and so people with this kind of background are equally qualified. After all, it’s the expertise that matter. Business logic is very similar in many industries. An outsider from another industry can also see the issue slightly differently, which can be helpful. But at the end of the day, one thing remains – most of all, the companies expect a self-starter who tackles issues hands-on”, says Ms Liehu.

Growth and internationalization

“Right now, interim management is becoming well understood in many countries. We are entering a new kind of employment world. The national borders and limits to expertise are disappearing”, Ms Liehu comments.

Ferovalo intends to expand its piloted business model to a global level. This is logical, as the contributing experts consider mobility and global assignments normal. Many are in a phase in their lives where mobility is possible, and indeed welcome.

Tools for Board Members

Last winter, Ferovalo launched a service for companies and owners to search board members. The service offers companies a tool for identifying the right kind of board members with necessary skills set and provide experienced professionals a handy way to find interesting board positions.

“Until now, board members have been recruited either through direct search or amongst acquaintances. Direct search is expensive for most SMEs, and looking for new expertise amongst old acquaintances can be a fool’s errand. Having talked with a numbers of board chairmen and owners, I concluded that there is a clear need for a service like this”, says Ms Liehu.

“The main responsibility of the board of directors is to support the CEO, and to make the company flourish. As in operative management, also in board work different situations call for different expertise. Quite often, it is particularly operative experience that brings a lot of value to the board work”, Ms Liehu explains.

Ferovalo’s board service has raised significant interest both amongst professionals and companies alike. Many of the experts work in larger companies either in top management or demanding professional level. The advantage of Ferovalo’s board service is that it enables a discreet search, on both sides.

“Many professionals would have a lot to contribute to board work. Ferovalo matches the needs with the capabilities, and brings the opportunities forth”, concludes Ms Liehu.

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Hyvää Uutta Vuotta 2018  !

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Ferovalolta ei vielä jää vuosittain käytöstä lukuisia kannettavia tai tabletteja, jotka sopivat vielä erinomaisesti koululaisille ja opiskelijoille.

Siksi kysymmekin sinulta, juuri sinulta, löytyykö sinulta ehjä ja toimiva alle kolme vuotta vanha läppäri tai tabletti joka helpottaisi nuoren opiskeluja.

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Kiitos!

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Ferovalon palvelu auttaa kohdentamaan kompetenssin

Suomen markkinalta on puuttunut omistajille kustannustehokas keino löytää hallituksen tai Advisory Boardin jäseniä. Ferovalon Slushissa lanseeraama järjestelmä yhdistää operatiivisissa johtotehtävistä ja hallitustyöstä kiinnostuneet kyvykkyyksiä etsiviin yrityksiin.

”Me Ferovalossa uskomme siihen, että yritysten menestyksen takaa niiden johdon ja asiantuntijoiden kompetenssi. Operatiivinen ja strateginen osaaminen ja kyvykkyys oikeassa tilanteessa ja oikeaan aikaan ovat ratkaisevan tärkeitä kilpailutekijöitä”, Sanoo Ferovalon perustaja ja toimitusjohtaja Elina Liehu.

Yrityksen menestys riippuu kompetensseista, joita sillä on käytössään elinkaarensa eri vaiheissa. Kompetenssi on liikkuva ja muuttuva elementti. Yrityksen eri vaiheissa tarvittavat kompetenssit muuttuvat ja yritysten haasteena onkin usein saada käyttöönsä kuhunkin tilanteeseen parhaiten sopivat kyvykkyys.

Ferovalon palvelut ovat sekä asiakkaille että palvelun jäsenille mahdollisimman läpinäkyvä. Esimerkiksi Competent Board -palvelu on selkeästi hinnoiteltu yrityksille, joilla on strategia ja selkeä näkemys kaivatusta kompetenssista. Ferovalo tarjoaa yrityksille myös palvelua, jossa asiakkaiden strategiaa kirkastetaan ja määritellään yhteistyössä Ferovalon Competent Board -tiimin kanssa, joka konsultoi asiakkaita tarvituilla osa-alueilla, esimerkiksi kompetenssin määrittelyssä tai itse valintaprosessissa.

Ferovalon toimintaperiaate on erilainen perinteiseen Headhuntingiin verrattuna. Ferovalon tapa toimia on avoin, mutta samalla ihmisten ja yritysten yksityisyyttä kunnioittava.

”Uusi järjestelmämme on GDPR-yhteensopiva. Järjestelmäämme ilmoitetut avoimet tehtävät ovat jäsentemme nähtävillä ja he reagoivat itseään kiinnostaviin hakuihin. Vain kiinnostuneiden kandidaattien itse toimittama tieto luovutetaan asiakkaille”, sanoo Elina Liehu.

Ferovalon palvelun jäsen pystyy tallentamaan järjestelmään cv-tietonsa useana eri versiona. Nämä cv:t ovat jäsenten omassa, vapaassa käytössä.

Suomi on Ferovalolle pilottimarkkina – yrityksen tavoite on kasvaa globaaliksi toimijaksi.

Ferovalo on Elina Liehun 2016 perustama yritys. Se on kasvava startup-yritys. Perustamisen jälkeen liikevaihto n. 0,5 miljoona euroa. Asiakkaina on ollut kaikenkokoisia yrityksiä pörssiyhtiöistä startuppeihin. Käyttökokemuksia puolin ja toisin on saatu ja konsepti on todettu hyvin joustavaksi ja nopeaksi. Ferovalon verkostossa on noin 400 itsenäistä asiantuntijayrittäjää ja rekisteröityjen määrä tulee kasvamaan voimakkaasti hallituspaikka ja vuokrajohtajajärjestelmän lanseeraamisen jälkeen. Ferovalo on startup, jonka toimintaa tukee kuuden hengen Advisory Board, joka osallistuu yrityksen toimintaan myös operatiivisesti. Hallituksia tukee erillinen Competent Board -tiimi, jossa on tällä hetkellä neljä asiantuntijaa, joilla kaikilla on vahva kokemus hallitustyöskentelystä.