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Erik Kolppanen

Senior Managing Consultant

“Erik has over 25 years experience from leading the operative business organization and IT solution management, project management, process and concept development within the supply chain management area. His areas of expertise are strong within Sourcing and Procurement, Materials Management, ICT, R&D, Production Planning and Finance interfaces. In addition to the electronics industry he has experience from aerospace, automobile, shipbuilding, chemical and process industries.”

Special skills

  • IT Management & IT Portfolio Management​

  • Strategies and business development

  • Large and complex IT program/project management

  • Leading business and IT transformations​: roadmap creation, facilitating changes, supplier and technology evaluations, E2E implementation and deployment of new capabilities and services, process and concept development, requirement management

  • Supply Chain Management, Sourcing, Procurement, Materials Management, Supply Planning, Production and Finance Processes

  • Business Process Management and Analytics

  • Digital transformation​ in Sourcing and Procurement


  • Driver of change with a can-do attitude

  • Target and result orientated​

  • Ability to lead programs and projects with proven results

  • Coordination and organizational skills

  • Visionary, analytical and systematic – ability to build big picture and dependencies

  • Leading in multicultural and virtual setup​•Strong development mindset (business, own work, self) ​

Relevant experience

  • Over 25 years of experience in leading large-scale business process transformation and digitalization programs and projects

  • Over 20 years of experience in project, program management, process and concept development roles in Sourcing and Procurement

  • Over 10+ years various responsibilities in operative Sourcing and Procurement

  • Most recent and relevant industry experience:

    • IT project manager for Sourcing and Procurement digitalization and Big Data and Analytics projects in telecommunication industry


  • Master of Science (Materials Management, Purchasing and Logistics), Industrial Engineering and Management, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lappeenranta, Finland​

  • Master of Science, Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Cranfield Institute of Technology, Cranfield, UK

  • Jan 2017, Diploma in IT leadership – Future CIO, Aalto Pro, Helsinki, Finland

  • Oct 2017, Leading SAFe

  • Feb 2018, PRINCE2 Foundation

  • Apr 2013, Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt