Earlier this year Kai Öistämö has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Oikian Solutions Ltd. and he serves as the Chairman of the Board. Also, Chris Friend has been appointed as the Advisor to the Board of Directors. Both Mr. Öistämö and Mr. Friend contribute significant experience and knowledge of consumer business to the company.
Kai Öistämö has more than two decades of wireless industry experience at Nokia, including nine years on the Nokia leadership team. At Nokia, Mr. Öistämö led corporate strategy and business development as Executive Vice President, Chief Development Officer from 2010 until his departure earlier this year. In this role he was responsible for strategic partnerships and alliances. Previous roles during his 23-year tenure at Nokia included positions as Executive Vice President leading both the Devices and Mobile Phones businesses. Mr. Öistämö holds a doctorate degree in technology and a master’s degree in engineering from Tampere University of Technology in Finland. He serves on the Board of Sanoma Corporation and of InterDigital, Inc., and currently acts as an advisor to Nokia. He is also Chairman of the Board of the Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation in Finland (Tekes) and of Tampere University.
Chris Friend has over twenty years of international senior management experience gained in the technology sector and serving clients in publishing, creative and media companies. During this time, Mr. Friend has held P&L responsibility for $5m – $50m organisations, instigated business growth strategies, led fund raising rounds and restructured loss-making operations through to profitability and eventual sale. Mr. Friend works also as the Business Development Manager at Sales Force Europe and as the Director at Excelerate360.