Managing Director and Sales
Born in 1960, M.Sc. (Production Technology)
Jari Varjotie is the Managing Director of Savosolar since 20 November 2010 and has over 30 years of experience as an industrialist. Before working at Savosolar, Jari Varjotie worked at Winwind Oy during 2007–2010. During his time there he worked as the COO and the Managing Director for Europe. He also worked in various top management positions at Perlos Corporation during 2000–2007, lastly as the COO. During 1989–2000 Jari Varjotie worked at Valmet Corporation among others as Manufacturing Manager, Materials Manager, Factory Manager and Vice President.
Born in 1967, M.Sc. (Econ.)
CFO for Savosolar since April 2019. Heikki has worked in the field of finance since 1996 with previous positions at Cultor Oyj, Rettig Ab, Exel Composites Oyj and last seven years as CFO of Serres Group Oy. His key areas of strength are operative financial management, transformation and growth management, business driven process and ICT development as well as strategy work and strategy implementation.
Born in 1972, M.Sc. Energy Technology
Torben Frederiksen re-joined Savosolar in 2018 after being from autumn 2016 the CTO at Falck Schmidt Defence Systems A/S. Between 2014 and 2016 Torben was working for Savosolar developing the large area collector and managing our three first large solar thermal system delivery projects in Denmark as project manager. Before that he worked as Head of R&D at Sunmark A/S, an international Danish large scale solar thermal system supplier and before that several years for Danfoss A/S in various product development and leadership positions. Torben is located in Denmark.
Vice President, China Operations
Born in 1969, M.Sc. (Econ.)
Raul Ikonen is the leader of Savosolar’s Chinese operations. He started in this role in May 2019 after being the CFO at Savosolar. He is an experienced financial management and business development professional, who has worked e.g. in KPMG and in several country units of UPM. He was 12 years at UPM (China) Ltd. in Shanghai, where his latest position was Vice President of Finance. Raul has wide experience in different finance management positions and tasks from operative reporting to strategic matters.
Born in 1966, M.Sc. (Eng.)
Martti Jalava has been Savosolar’s Chief Operating Officer since 1 January 2020. Prior to that, he has served as Director of Operations Development for approximately 1.5 years. He has more than 25 years of experience in diverse management positions in the international manufacturing industry. Prior to Savosolar, Jalava has worked in management positions at numerous different companies, such as Imatra Steel Oy, Fiskars Oyj, Fibox Oy, and has worked as a rental manager in companies such as Konecranes Oyj and AP&T Ab. Jalava has also advised companies such as Outokumpu Oyj, Stora Enso Oyj and Perlos Oyj on operational matters.
Born in 1983, M.Sc. (Mechanical Engineering)
Member of the management team as of December 2016. Pekka Karjalainen joined Savosolar in January 2016. He has worked as a plant manager since February 2021 and before that for more than five years as a quality engineer and quality manager. Previously, Pekka has worked as a designer at e.g. ABB Oy.
Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Born in 1978, MBA (General Management), B.Eng. (Electronics and Automation)
Member of the management team as of 1 June 2020. Antti Lilleberg has extensive experience in international sales and marketing management and development positions as well as technology and management consulting. Lilleberg joined Savosolar from Ariterm Service Oy, where he was the director responsible for sales and marketing. His previous experience includes Volter Oy, Rejlers-group, Sartorius-group, and Biohit Oyj.
Director, Senior Advisor
Born in 1947, Studies in Mathematics, Physics & Physical Metallurgy
Founder and long-term CTO of Savosolar, appointed as Director, Senior Advisor on August 2018. In this role he will have wide authority to advise and support different functions and operations of the company. Kaj Pischow has 35 years of experience in development of new technologies and is a coating technologies expert. Before founding Savosolar, Kaj Pischow was a major shareholder and technical director during 1998–2010 at Savcor Face Group Oy, Surfcoat Oy and Savcor Coatings Oy which all produced vacuum coatings for Nokia mobile phones. During 1971–1995 Kaj Pischow worked as a researcher at the State Research Center VTT, Riihimäen Lasi Oy, the Technical University of Helsinki and as a private entrepreneur. Among other things, he was the first one to bring research in nanotechnology to Finland.