Some people know exactly what they want to do when they grow up from a very young age. That was the case with Jari Noponen. In fact, he’s had a fascination with finance and IT since the young age of just 10 years old. Back then, you could often find Jari playing Monopoly or programming Basic with his Commodore 64.
It’s no surprise, then, that after almost 40 years of studies and work experience in finance and IT, Jari’s current role as a SAP/Finance Program Director is a logical position for him. The road that led him to his present position has been an impressive one. In 1995, Jari founded one of the first Finnish internet service companies. From there, he went on to serve as Director of Finance for Nedecon Ltd, an NM-listed internet company. In 2005 he joined Accenture and served as a Senior Manager before joining Midagon in 2017.
Of course, Jari’s youth wasn’t exclusively dedicated to IT and finance related activities. He also began sailing at the tender age of 9. That experience came in handy in 2001-2004, when he sailed around the world, stopping in more than 100 different harbors. Another longer sailing adventure started in 2014 when Jari and his wife set off on a sailing sabbatical with their children. During a two year period, the family sailed in Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas. Jari’s passion for travel has taken him to nearly 100 different countries where he has seen and experienced amazing places, including Kakadu national park in Australia, Antelope Canyons in the US, Napoleon’s “prison” in St Helena island and a 5 meter long Tiger shark in Indian Ocean (just to name a few).
Back at the office, Jari applies his 20+ years of experience in leadership, business and IT consulting in various industries, including telecom, insurance, government, retail, media, real estate as well as key business areas, including IT, Finance and HR to help his clients improve their business processes. The majority of the projects Jari has worked on have focused on utilizing new ways of doing work and uses of technologies to improve performance, achieve better competitiveness or lower the operating cost levels. He is particularly adept at taking the big picture and narrowing his focus to the most important areas.
Jari’s strong background and impressive work experience makes him a valuable asset, both to his clients as well as his colleagues. When asked to describe what it is like to work with Jari, one response demonstrates best just how impactful he is: “Jari is an experienced leader who steers complex technology enabled business transformations to the goal in time and in budget.”