Two top-class reinforcements to Universomo Board
16 - Jan - 2007
Mr. Petri Lehmuskoski, CEO of Pan Vision Distribution and an old stager of the games industry, and Mr. Eero Ottila, an expert in board operations with a successful career at companies such as Nokia Data and Fujitsu Services, have been invited to join the Board of mobile game developer Universomo.
Mr. Lehmuskoski has over 24 years' experience in the sales, distribution and marketing of computer and console games. He has been involved in the games industry since 1982, especially in the Nordic region ever since the industry's first steps there. He started his career in the games business by establishing Toptronics, a specialist company focusing on computer game distribution. Today, he is the head of Pan Vision Distribution, the largest independent distributor in Scandinavia.
A comment from Mr. Lehmuskoski: "When I first met the Universomo management, I could see in their eyes that they share the same enthusiasm as some of my previous business partners - such as Electronic Arts, Activision, etc. The same signs and the same chance of success. Moreover, their approach to the games business was in line with my own principles. It is good to work with people like that."
More new experience and vision to the Universomo Board will be brought by Mr. Eero Ottila, the new Chairman. He has been a board member for several different companies. At the moment he is Director of Business Development for the City of Tampere.
"What interested me particularly about Universomo was that they seemed to have creative potential and interesting opportunities. Meetings with the company management confirmed my view and convinced me that my experience in service-based businesses and growth companies in general could be of value to Universomo in strategy definition and growth control," says Mr. Ottila.
Mr. Heikki Väänänen, Universomo CEO, is happy with the new Board. "The expertise of Mr. Lehmuskoski and Mr. Ottila has convinced us that their contribution to the Universomo Board will be significant. Their knowledge of business and the games industry combined with an extensive network of contacts will certainly help to further develop Universomo."
Universomo Ltd., established in 2002, is one of the fastest growing and most profitable independent mobile game developers in Europe. In 2006, Universomo opened an office in Los Angeles, USA. Universomo has developed games for customers such as THQ Wireless, TT Games, Mr. Goodliving, and Sulake. Recent games from Universomo include, for example, LEGO Star Wars 2, Destroy All Humans 2, and Rollercoaster Rush.
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