Business Joensuu started its operations at the beginning of 2019. Key services provided by the company are the creation of new companies, support for their start-up and growth, as well as services supporting internationalisation and export sales. The company also provides services that help growth companies to get private equity investments. Janita Ylitalo (b. 1973) has been appointed as Service Director of the unit responsible for this service area as a whole. She reports to CEO Harri Palviainen and is a member of the management group.

Ylitalo joined Business Joensuu in September 2019 and has been responsible for the company’s GoGlobal internationalisation service and has worked as an expert in international business, marketing and sales. Janita has strong experience in international business and has worked in marketing and sales positions for 15 years at Exel Composites Oyj, Blancco Oy and Sensire Oy that operate in the international market. Janita has also worked at Karelia University of Applied Sciences as an expert on Middle Eastern export markets and international expertise, as well as a trainer in the International Business programme. Janita graduated from Kuusamo High School and did her Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Karelia University of Applied Sciences. She is currently doing a master’s degree in management and business.

“Business Joensuu’s operations have evolved at a rapid pace and it has been rewarding to be involved. My role as a Service Director brings new opportunities to support companies in the region. We have a great team and strong expertise in internationalisation, supporting new entrepreneurs and growing start-ups. It is nice to take the work forward together with the BJOE team and customers,” Janita Ylitalo says.

“Janita’s background in international business provides an excellent starting point for the task ahead. She has experience of various stages of export business and international growth in SMEs and in a listed company. She works in a customer-oriented way and has extensive cooperation networks with education and research stakeholders. It is great we have inside talent for this mission,” says Harri Palviainen, CEO of Business Joensuu.

Janita Ylitalo starts as Service Director on 1st August 2020.

Further information:

Harri Palviainen
CEO, Business Joensuu
+358 500 967 744