Martin Backman appointed new CEO of Finnish Industry Investment Ltd

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The Board of Directors of Finnish Industry Investment Ltd has appointed Martin Backman (44) as the new President & CEO of the company. He will assume his new role by 1 December 2014. Finnish Industry Investment’s current President & CEO Juha Marjosola will retire in September 2015. He will continue working for the company as Senior Advisor until then, supporting the new President & CEO and managing significant Board memberships.

Martin Backman has extensive experience in Nordic private equity. He has been employed by CVC Capital Partners in Stockholm since 2007, most recently as Managing Director. Prior to this, he has worked at Advium Corporate Finance, Industri Kapital and Lexel Group. Martin Backman holds a Master’s degree in Technology from Helsinki University of Technology and a Master’s in Economics from Swedish School of Economics in Helsinki.

“The Board is delighted to appoint Martin Backman as the company’s new President & CEO. Martin has extensive experience and a proven track record in Nordic private equity and demanding M&A projects,” says Jukka Alho, Chairman of the Board at Finnish Industry Investment Ltd. “Juha Marjosola has had an exceptionally long, nearly 20 year career in heading Finnish Industry Investment. Under his leadership the company has achieved a recognized position as a government-owned company developing the private equity market in Finland.”

”I am looking forward to starting my work at Finnish Industry Investment. The company has a central role in financing growth entrepreneurship on market terms, as well as enhancing company internationalization and job creation at a time when the renewal of economic structures and development of competitiveness are so important in Finland. I am convinced that together with Finnish Industry Investment’s professional team, we can enhance the internationalization of the Finnish private equity market and increase the supply of financing for promising growth companies,” says Martin Backman.


For more information, please contact:

Jukka Alho, tel: +358 40 736 7433

Martin Backman, tel: +46 70 407 8284


Finnish Industry Investment Ltd is a government-owned investment company that promotes Finnish business, employment and economic growth through venture capital and private equity investments. Finnish Industry Investment invests in companies both directly and through private equity funds, together with and on the same terms as private investors. With 900 million euros in assets under management, the company is currently an investor, directly and through funds, in altogether 510 companies. For more information, please visit, and follow @TesiFII.