Wasenius is recognized as a distinguished business coach and an expert in workplace well-being and human resource development. Wasenius moves to FiBAN from the world’s largest startup accelerator program, Founder Institute, where he has headed the operations of Founder Institute Finland. Among others, Wasenius' previous employers include Samsung, Nokia, Digital Equipment Corporation, Yleisradio (Finnish Broadcasting Company) and Tekes (Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation).
As the Managing Director of FiBAN, Wasenius aims to ensure that cooperation is strengthened within Finland and internationally: “As key players in the Finnish startup ecosystem collaborate even more closely, our country will increasingly be recognized as Startup Nation Finland.” Wasenius' international experience ensures that startup ecosystem development is increasingly international. “Besides working towards common goals within Finland, it's important for us to develop our international collaboration. It’s rewarding to see how FiBAN is investing in cooperation in the Nordics and Europe.”
Torsti Tenhunen, Chairman of the Board, is very pleased with the appointment. “I’m glad that we have found a person with exceptionally strong competence in communications and business training. As the new Managing Director, Reidar can help our members to further develop their know-how. I also see him having a major role in helping the general public fully understand the importance of private investing to the Finnish economy.” Tenhunen emphasizes.
“With more than 620 approved members, Finland has one of the biggest and most active business angel networks in the world. Private investors possess lots of valuable know-how and their business development activities are very important to the Finnish economy. My mission is to help our members to further enhance their knowledge and skills and be the voice of Finnish business angels.” Wasenius summarizes.
FiBAN’s previous Managing Director Jan D. Oker-Blom will start as the Mayor of the city of Loviisa at the beginning of December. He has been managing FiBAN since 2012.
FiBAN is a Finnish, non-profit association inspiring private startup investing. The network consists of over 600 approved investor members actively seeking new growth companies. www.fiban.org
For additional information please contact:
Reidar Wasenius, Managing Director, p. +358 400 432 100
Torsti Tenhunen, Chairman of Board, p. +358 400 729 271
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