Laura Aalto appointed Communications Director at Aalto University

Laura Aalto joins Aalto University from the City of Helsinki, where she is Deputy Executive Director of Culture and Leisure
Laura Aalto
Laura Aalto will start as Communications Director in August. Photo: City of Helsinki.

MA Laura Aalto has been appointed as Aalto University’s Communications Director and a member of the Management Team as of 1 August 2023. She will be responsible for the university’s internal and external communications and marketing services and their development, as well as media relations and brand management. 

Laura Aalto has a Master of Arts from the University of Helsinki, where she majored in art history. In addition, she has completed Aalto University’s Executive MBA and additional studies at the universities of Strasbourg, Stockholm and Jyväskylä.

Laura Aalto joins Aalto University from the City of Helsinki, where she is Deputy Executive Director of Culture and Leisure. Before that, she has held multiple senior positions in communications and marketing, e.g. those of CEO at Helsinki Marketing, and Marketing and Communications Director at the International Design Foundation, the foundation responsible for organising the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 project.

Laura Aalto also holds several positions of trust, including the positions of vice-chairman of the board in the HAM Helsinki Art Museum Foundation and member of the board in the Amos Rex art museum, Finlandia Hall and the UPM-Kymmene Cultural Foundation.

Laura Aalto will report to Ilkka Niemelä, the President of Aalto University.

More information:

Riitta Silvennoinen, Chief Human Resources Officer
Aalto University
tel. +358 40 525 9257, [email protected]

Laura Aalto
tel. +358 40 507 9660


The executive bodies of the university are the Board (AUFB), the President, and the University Academic Affairs Committee (AAC). The President's Management Team (PMT) coordinates the daily work at the university and the preparation of pre-decision motions. The Aalto Management Team (AMT) furthers transparency and open dialogue in decision-making regarding university development.

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