Risto Kankaanpää and Ville Jokela joins Pontos team


Investment company Pontos intensifies its operations with two professionals. Investment Manager Risto Kankaanpää joins the team at the end of August and Ville Jokela as Head of Real Estate at the beginning of October.

Pontos is a purpose driven investor with the patience to own. Pontos is an active owner and has expanded its operations in the past years. “Risto and Ville will strengthen Pontos’ capability to support the growth and the development of the portfolio companies as well as Pontos’ own operations. We are grateful that both Ville and Risto chose Pontos and we are happy to have these experts in our team.” – Timo Kokkila

Prior to joining us Risto Kankaanpää held a position of business strategic consultant at McKinsey & Company. Risto has ten years of experience in consulting and brings his expertise to Pontos’ due diligence processes as well as to the development of portfolio companies and the future vision of Pontos’ private equity investments. “I like Pontos’ strategy to be a patient and active owner. Patience enables us to genuinely support our portfolio companies in both short and long term. On the other hand, through active ownership we guarantee a strong support to the management teams of our portfolio companies to achieve both short and long-term targets.” – Risto Kankaanpää

Prior to joining us Ville has served as head of real estate at Sanoma Group. Ville is an expert with more than 20 years of experience in real estate and construction. He has previously worked in many different roles in NCC and Posti Real Estate. He has also wide experience in office, retail, logistic and residential development as well as in construction, leasing and transactions in Finland and abroad.

Pontos invested in real estate company LAK Real Estate Oy in January 2018. LAK owns a significant part of the real estates in Helsinki-Vantaa airport and Aviapolis area with substantial development potential. Aviapolis is the fastest growing business area in Finland. Ville will develop this area further among other Pontos’ real estate portfolio projects. “Flexibility is the feature that interests me in Pontos as well as the wide business area. I also became convinced of Pontos’ warm attitude towards its staff as well as great and cheerful spirit in an open work community” – Ville Jokela

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