Welcoming new Managing Director

Bladefence is pleased to announce the appointment of Pentti Iso-Markku as the new Managing Director of Bladefence Oy, effective September 1st, 2017. Bladefence’s current Managing Director Ville Karkkolainen will focus on Canadian market and North American business development.

Pentti brings with him strong experience and knowledge in finance and business development. After graduating with a Master’s degree in Finance, Business Law and Economics from Lappeenranta University of Technology in 2011, Pentti joined Varma Mutual Pension Fund as a Portfolio Analyst tracking Varma’s international investment portfolio. Before joining Bladefence he was the founder and CEO of GRNT Finance in Finland.

Bladefence’s Chairman of the Board Joni Alasaari comments: “I would like to thank Ville Karkkolainen for the first phase of Bladefence story. Under Ville’s leadership Bladefence has grown to become one of the leading companies in wind turbine blade maintenance and we have created a strong foundation for future growth. Along with his duties as the Managing Director of Bladefence Canada, Ville will continue to contribute to Bladefence’s European business development activities and will remain an active member of the team.

Earlier in the year Bladefence acquired the above 90-meter skylift fleet from its parent company Janneniska and this, combined with the expectation of strong growth both in Europe and in North America, will present new challenges in financing and in organizational growth. Ville and I selected Pentti to lead these efforts as he has the combination of knowledge, energy and entrepreneurship needed.”

Ville Karkkolainen comments: “It has been my pleasure to guide Bladefence to this point where we have established ourselves as one of the leading companies in European market with a strong clientele and great staff. I feel confident that Pentti will successfully lead and further develop Bladefence with his knowledge of finance and sales. I’m happy to be able to fully concentrate on Canadian market where we are seeing strong growth.”

Pentti Iso-Markku comments: “I’m honored to join the Bladefence team which is representing my values and has a great foundation for the next phase of growth. As a Managing Director, I will combine my core competences in finance and entrepreneurship with renewable energy. I look forward to the diverse challenges of international growth and making Bladefence even better. I believe we have a great future as the world’s best wind turbine blade maintenance provider.”

More information:

Joni Alasaari, Chairman of the Board, Bladefence, joni.alasaari@bladefence.com, +358 40 5700 721

Pentti Iso-Markku, Managing Director, Bladefence, pentti.isomarkku@bladefence.com, +358 45 246 4068

Sanna Heinonen, Sales & Marketing Manager at Bladefence Europe

Sanna Heinonen

Sales & Marketing Manager, Europe
+358 50 449 7773
August 31, 2017