Nixu Corporation

Nixu is a cybersecurity services company on a mission to keep the digital society running. Our passion is to help organizations embrace digitalization securely.

Nixu About

Nixu is a cybersecurity services company on a mission to keep the digital society running. Our passion is to help organizations embrace digitalization securely. Partnering with our clients we provide practical solutions for ensuring business continuity, an easy access to digital services and data protection. We aim to provide the best workplace to our team of nearly 400 cybersecurity professionals with a hands-on attitude. With Nordic roots we serve enterprise clients worldwide. Nixu shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki stock exchange.

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Passionate for cybersecurity





The Nixu story began in Finland, at the laboratory of Helsinki University of Technology, when Pekka Nikander founded Nixu in 1988. The name “Nixu” is derived from Pekka’s family name, the Unix operating system and the computer student lab nicknamed “Niksula,” where Mr. Nikander worked as a student.


Nixu organized the first virus seminar as a prelude to the information security business.


Nixu pioneered the TCP/IP march by helping customers with their Internet based e-mail systems.


The first paid employees started working at Nixu, while the most important customer was Telecom Finland's internet services.


The full blown commercial ISP platform was delivered to Telecom Finland, today called Telia. Nixu developed several generations of this platform and administered DNS service until 1998.


The Nixuans created and started, using a web-controlled Linux drink vending machine on its premises.


The first release of the Namesurfer product for DNS administration. Oiva Karppinen became CEO of Nixu.


Nixu established Ericsson as a new customer.


Nixu made an agreement with Saudi Arabia on the national Internet network with King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology. Nixu implemented and operated the super-node, international gateways and management systems of the national Internet for KACST in Saudi Arabia.


Nixu growed by acquiring NetPeople Oy.


Nixu continued to grow with the acquisitions of Magic Cookie Oy and Datatieto Oy. Nixu Middle East FZ-LLC was established and registered in Dubai Internet City.


Rabbe Mattila became CEO of Nixu.


Nixu developed a new mobile service for operators and service providers, showcased in the 3GSM Conference in Cannes, France.


Timo Kotilainen started as Nixu CEO. The Namesurfer product and business spin-off were acquired by Nixu Software Oy. In the same year, Nixu was validated as a PCI data security standard auditor by MasterCard and Visa.


Nixu focused on stronger growth in its primary business areas and sold its Middle East operations to two private entrepreneurs.


Nixu moved its office from Helsinki’s Käpylä neighborhood to new, more secure premises in Keilaranta in Espoo.


The number of Nixuans exceeded one hundred. The new initiative ‘Nixu Open’ was established as a part of the Nixu Group. Nixu joined Information Security Forum community.


The Tietovastuu concept (information responsibility) and website were released. Marko Kauppi joined the Nixu board.


Juhani Kaskeala, Chief of Defence of the Finnish Defence Forces (retired) was selected as a member of Nixu’s board. The Nixu Personas concept in identity management field was launched.


Nixu celebrated its 25th year of operation, culminating in a Corporate Cybersecurity seminar for corporate executives. In 2013, Nixu delivered projects for customers in over 20 countries.


Nixu acquired Panorama Partners Oy, a company specialized in user management and digital identities. The deal increased Nixu's expert team by nearly 40 people. Petri Kairinen was appointed as Nixu CEO. Trading with Nixu shares started at the First North marketplace in December, 2014.


Nixu established a subsidiary, Nixu B.V. in the Netherlands led by Patrick van der Valk. The new Cyber Defense Center service was launched. It is a technology-based service package providing customers with a digital environment for real-time supervision and intrusion investigation as we were an up-to-date status of organizations’ web service threats.


Nixu Corporation’s independent subsidiary Nixu Certification Oy, was granted the status of an official information security inspection body by Ficora. At the same time, Nixu Certification also achieved international ISO 27001 accreditation. Nixu continues to expand its operations; Nixu enters the Swedish market by acquiring Swedish Europoint Networking AB and Safeside Solutions AB, creating a strong position in the Swedish market. In the same year, Nixu established a subsidiary in the United States and established a new international organizational model.


Nixu continued to grow strong; Nixu implemented two new company acquisitions by acquiring an internationally-experienced Expert Solution Support Center BV (ESSC) and Bitsec AB, which primarily operates in Sweden. After these purchases, Nixu's domain is clearly international.

Board of Directors

Kimmo Rasila

Kimmo Rasila

Chairman of the Board since 2006
  • Member of the Board since 2005
  • MSc (Econ)
  • Born 1957

Professional experience: IBM, Tietotekniikan Liitto ry, CEO of ExecNet Oy since 2003.

Kimmo had a long career at IBM (1980–2003) and was a member of the IBM Finland Management Team between 1994 and 2003. Currently, Kimmo is an independent entrepreneur, providing management coaching and serving on the Board of Directors of several ICT companies.

Marko Kauppi

Marko Kauppi

Deputy Chair of the Board since 2014
  • Member of the Board since 2011
  • MSc (Econ)
  • Born 1970

Professional experience: University of Vaasa, ABB, Opstock, Enskilda Securities, Mandatum, Arvo Omaisuudenhoito.

After starting his career in academia, Marko took a more industry-oriented path by joining ABB, and moved to the financial sector some years later. He worked for 12 years in brokerage and banking. Since 2009, Marko has been an entrepreneur, managing his company Tenendum Oy and serving on the Board of Directors of several companies.

Kati Hagros

Kati Hagros

Member of the Board since 2014
  • MSc in Social Sciences and MSc in Technology
  • Born 1970

Professional experience: BNL Information Oy, Nokia Corporation, KONE Corporation, Aalto University.

Kati has had a long international career in the high tech industry. She has extensive experience from various managerial positions in e-business, IT, and other related areas. She is currently the Chief Digital Officer of Aalto University. In 2014, she received the Finnish CIO of the Year and the Nordic CIO of the Year awards, and was recently named among the top 50 most inspirational women in Nordic tech. Additionally, Kati serves as the Chair of the Board at the Research Foundation of Helsinki University of Technology.

Juhani Kaskeala

Juhani Kaskeala

Member of the Board since 2012
  • Admiral
  • Born 1946

Professional experience: Finnish Defence Forces in several positions 1965–2009, last as Commander of the Finnish Defence Forces 2001–2009.

Juhani’s contribution to the Nixu Board includes his deep knowledge of public administration, an extensive network of contacts, and his understanding of the rising importance of cyber defense. Since 2011, Juhani has been Managing Director of Admiral Consulting Oy, that he established. Currently, Juhani serves as a Member of the Board of Oy Forcit Ab and KONE Corporation.

Anders Silwer

Anders Silwer

Member of the Board since 2019

Lieutenant General (Res)
Born 1959


Professional experience: Air Force Inspector 2008-2011, Chief of Joint Operations 2011-2012 and Chief Joint Training and Development 2013-2017 in the Swedish Defence Force. Member of the Board at Advenica AB and Swedish Fortifications Administration.

Anders has a long career in the Swedish Defence Forces and is still a reserve officer. After retiring from active duty he established his own consulting company, Anders Silwer AB. Anders´ contribution to the Nixu Board includes his extensive knowledge of public administration in Sweden, a wide network of contacts and his interest in the rising importance of cyber defense.

Tuija Soanjärvi

Tuija Soanjärvi

Member of the Board since 2015
  • MSc (Econ)
  • Born 1955


Professional experience: TietoEnator Corporation, Elisa Corporation, Itella Corporation.

For 15 years, Tuijaserved as the Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Board for various public companies and, for fiveyears, as the CFO of a fully state-owned company. As CFO, she has been responsible not only for cor-porate funding and finance, but also procurement,real estate property and premises, mergers and ac- quisitions, information security, and the governance of internal audits. Tuija has served as a Member of the Board for various companies since the late 1990s and is currently a Member of the Board of Nixu Corporation, Basware Corporation, Metsähallitus, Edgeware AB, and VR-Group Ltd. Tuija also serves as the chair of the Finnish Orienteering Federation.

Teemu Tunkelo

Teemu Tunkelo

Member of the Board since 2018
  • M.Sc. (Eng.), Ph.D. (Econ)
  • Born 1961


Professional experience: Teemu Tunkelo, CTO and EVP Platform Services, Voith Digital Solutions, is re- sponsible for the technologies of digitalization solu- tions, and the related new service business in the Voith Group in Germany.

Prior to joining Voith, he held senior positions at Nokia, Siemens, ABB and Invensys. His previous work experience includes development of embedded hardware, communication and soft- ware systems at Nokia Data and international ex- perience of ICT- system development and business management at Siemens, ABB and Invensys.

Corporate Leadership Team

Petri Kairinen

Petri Kairinen

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • MSc (Econ)
  • Born 1977


Petri has been Nixu’s CEO since 2014 and has served as a Member of the Management team since 2006. Petri’s most important responsibilities include leading Nixu’s operating culture in such a way that the Nixu professionals thrive and evolve to perform their duties. Petri's service promise to Nixuans is 24HEar that is, the promise to read and acknowledge all incoming messages from employees within 24 hours. Before becoming CEO, Petri headed Nixu’s sales and marketing since 2006. He has previous experience from sales and marketing positions in several technology-based companies such as Elcoteq, Affecto, and Hewlett-Packard.

Twitter: @kairinen

janne karkkainen

Janne Kärkkäinen

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
  • MSc (Econ)
  • Born 1973


Janne was appointed CFO in January 2016. As CFO Janne is responsible for Nixu Group’s financial management and risk management, and operational support functions. Additionally, he serves as Nixu’s deputy CEO and Secretary of the Board. Janne is an experienced CFO with a long international career, providing Nixu with wide-ranging international expertise in the financial management of consulting and service companies. Before joining Nixu, Janne worked as CFO at M-Brain, Global Intelligence Alliance Group, and Tetra Pak.


Katja Müller

Katja Müller

Chief People Officer (CPO)
  • MSc (Econ)
  • Born 1976


Katja was appointed Chief People Officer in October 2017. Katja joined Nixu in September 2016 as Head of People Operations. Katja has extensive experience of human resources in professional services firms and technology industry, thanks to previous positions at Accenture, Lenovo and KPMG, among others.


Jesper Svegby

Jesper Svegby

Chief Commercial Officer (CCO)
  • Born 1975

Jesper was appointed Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) in January 2018. As CCO, Jesper is responsible for the overall management of Nixu Corporation’s sales, marketing and customer relations. He carries more than 17 years of experience from the Cyber Security market on an international level. Jesper has covered several roles within globally leading product companies, most recent with international responsibility of strategic sales at Check Point Software Technologies. Jesper has a long history in commercializing products and services for the international market at large scale. Jesper joins the team from the position as CEO of acquired company Bitsec.


Kim Westerlund

Kim Westerlund

Chief Development Officer (CDO)
  • University-level studies
  • Born 1975


Kim was appointed as Nixu’s Chief Development Officer (CDO) in February 2014. As CDO, Kim is responsible for the service, people and overall development including support systems at Nixu. Before taking the duties of CDO, Kim was managing the security architecture business at Nixu since 2005. Before joining Nixu, Kim has held information security positions at Hewlett-Packard and Finland’s Post.

Twitter: @_Kimwesterlund

Market Area Leaders

Valtteri Peltomäki

Valtteri Peltomäki

Finland Market Area leader
  • MSc (Econ)
  • Born 1981


Valtteri was appointed Finnish Market Area Leader in January 2018. Valtteri is responsible for the development of Finnish business activities, personnel, and customer collaboration. He’s long experience with Nixu and Finnish key customers allow him to develop Finnish business even further, so we can pilot new service plans for worldwide use.  Valtteri Joined Nixu in 2008. Before becoming Finnish Market area Leader, Valtteri has served as Nixu’s CCO since 2014, his responsibilities being sales, marketing, and sales partners. In addition, he has held various sales and marketing positions at Nixu.

Twitter: @vapelto

Björn-Erik Karlsson

Björn-Erik Karlsson

Sweden Market Area leader

Born 1963

Björn-Erik was appointed Swedish Market Area Leader in April 2018. Björn-Erik is responsible for Nixu’s operation in Sweden, including development of our Swedish business activities, personnel, and customer collaboration. With more than 25 years in executive positions within the IT- and information industry he has extensive experience from leading and supporting successfully growth companies in optimizing efficiency and securing strong deliveries during times of change and through challenging initiatives such as mergers and acquisitions. Before joining Nixu, Björn-Erik has recently worked at companies like Atea and Bisnode.




Matthijs van der Wel

Matthijs van der Wel

Benelux Market Area Leader
  • Born 1972


Matthijs was appointed Head of Benelux Market in May 2019. In this role, he is responsible for Nixu’s operation in the Benelux market, including the development of our Benelux business activities, personnel, and customer collaboration. Matthijs is a senior leader with a long history, nearly 20 years, in the cybersecurity industry. Prior to joining Nixu, Matthijs has worked at companies such as Fox-IT, served as a Corporate Security Officer for and has held the role of Director Cyber Forensics at PwC in the Netherlands.