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Kati Hagros appointed Aalto University’s Chief Digital Officer

She will be responsible for planning Aalto's digital transformation strategy and roadmap, change process, and managing the IT services.

Kati Hagros, M.Sc. (Eng.), M.Soc. Sc., has been appointed Aalto University’s Chief Digital Officer. She will be responsible for planning the University’s comprehensive digital transformation strategy and roadmap, change process, as well as managing the IT services. Kati Hagros will take up the post on the 18th of August 2016. She will report to the University’s President.

Most recently, Kati Hagros was the CIO of Kone Corporation from 2010 to 2015 and thereafter responsible for Kone’s digitalisation strategy. Prior to Kone, she served over 12 years in various leadership positions in Nokia, including VP Quality and Nokia Mobile Phones’ Director, Strategy, Process and Quality for Asia-Pacific as well as various roles in logistics, e-business and IT. Kati Hagros is a member of the board of Tokmanni Oyj, Siili Solutions Oyj and Nixu Oyj. She was also Chairman of the Board, Foundation for Aalto University Science and Technology. In addition to Finland, she has lived and worked in Sweden, France, Germany, Great Britain and Singapore.  

Kati Hagros has received industry recognition as CIO of the Year in Finland and the Nordic countries in 2014. She was also recently chosen as one of the Fifty Most Inspirational Women in the Technology Sector in the Nordic Countries for 2016.

Aalto University is a forerunner in digitalisation

– Digitalisation touches every sector and opens up immense possibilities in such areas as data communications, teaching, industry, health care and in services. Within Aalto University, ICT and digitalisation make up a centre of expertise involving over one hundred professors and in this field we really do have the power to change society, says President Tuula Teeri. – Our strong expertise provides the foundation to be a forerunner in the comprehensive digitalisation of the University’s operations, which is one of our main objectives in the next few years. I am really pleased that Kati Hagros, an internationally extremely experienced, renowned and visionary person, will take on this role, continued Tuula Teeri.

– Exploiting digitalisation requires a lot; effective ICT, a profitable service business and design that users find attractive.  Aalto University is in the unique position globally of being able to combine these areas of competence. I have followed the multidisciplinary development story of my own university with enthusiasm and now I want to use my skills to create digital innovations and develop the following generation of specialists.  I believe that Aalto’s researchers and students can be at the forefront globally in driving the digital breakthrough, commented Kati Hagros.

More information:

Tuula Teeri, President, Aalto University
tel. 050 452 4690 (assistant Hely Kilpeläinen),
[email protected] 

Kati Hagros, tel. 040 582 8785, [email protected]

Photo: Wilma Hurskainen

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