Holvi - the Finnish digital banking service for European SMEs today announces the appointment of Antti-Jussi Suominen as the company’s new CEO.
He will start in his new role on January 2nd 2017. Antti-Jussi has previously worked in senior management roles driving new business growth in companies such as Sonera, Nokia and most recently in Elisa.
“Antti-Jussi’s experience of building online businesses and rolling out services internationally in different domains makes him a great addition to the Holvi team, said Martti Granberg, Chairman of the board at Holvi. “His previous experience from various senior executive roles in startup and corporate environments helps in leading the company in its international expansion.“
Johan Lorenzen, the current CEO, will continue in his role until the end of 2016. Lorenzen has been the CEO of Holvi for three years and leaves the company on his own initiative.
“We thank Johan for his leadership at Holvi, steering the company through an intensive phase of fast growth and major expansion” said Granberg. “Johan has used his deep knowledge within the fintech sector to extend Holvi - the banking service for Makers and Doers - to international markets which has put the company on a successful trajectory for the future.”
2016 has been a strong year of growth for Holvi. In March, Holvi was acquired by BBVA, allowing faster scale and overseas growth for the Finnish fintech. This was followed by the release of the Holvi Business MasterCard - allowing real time mobile expense management and automated categorisation. Holvi is now live in Finland, Germany and Austria and offers customers products to grow their business as part of their banking service, such as bookkeeping and expense management.
“I am proud to have the opportunity to work for a service innovator like Holvi, ”, said Antti-Jussi Suominen, “and the fact that Holvi is owned by BBVA, with its’ ambition to become the digital bank of the 21st century, makes the opportunity even more exciting.”