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9 helmik. 2024

An Ostrobothnian leader with a passion for learning solutions

An Ostrobothnian leader with a passion for learning solutions

Inger is an Ostrobothnian with an entrepreneurial and positive mindset who enjoys the simple things in life. She is the Growth Area Director of the Learning Solutions business unit and she is responsible for managing the portfolio of open and multi-company programmes in areas such as strategy, business management, finance, leadership, commercial capabilities and green transition.

What's your background?

As a 22-year-old marketing student at Hanken, I ventured into entrepreneurship, running my own business in the fashion industry for 20 years. The entrepreneurial journey was filled with challenges but also numerous rewards. In 2010, I decided to wind down my business and returned to my alma mater, Hanken School of Economics, where I served as a University Teacher in marketing and later as a Business Coordinator handling external relations including alumni, fundraising, and partnerships. Before joining Hanken & SSE Executive Education, I held the position of Regional Operations Manager at Junior Achievement Finland, a leading youth-serving nonprofit organisation that provides immersive learning experiences in entrepreneurship, work readiness, and financial literacy.

How did you end up at Hanken & SSE?

I was fortunate to receive a call from CEO Marc Hinnenberg in May 2021. Following an interview, I was offered the position of Business Director for Hanken & SSE in Vaasa, Ostrobothnia, and I became part of the vibrant Hanken & SSE family in August 2021.

What's the best thing about your job?

Undoubtedly, it's the people. I greatly value my wonderful and intelligent colleagues, engaging customers, and insightful discussions with them, as well as networking with faculty members and partners within our extensive ecosystem.

How would you describe yourself as a colleague?

While it's not for me to say, my colleagues have expressed gratitude for my friendliness, empathy, cheerful spirit, positive attitude, and proactive approach.

What does a typical workday look like for you?

One of my favourite aspects of my job is that there is no true 'typical'...

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Inger Aaltonen
Growth Area Director, Learning Solutions
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