30 October 2023

Acolad powers Nordics operations with new GM Mikko Hakkarainen

  • Industry leader Mikko Hakkarainen will be driving the group’s strategy for Northern Europe 
  • Acolad keeps reinforcing its operations on a global scale 

In a move representative of the strengthening of its operations in Northern Europe, Acolad just welcomed seasoned expert Mikko Hakkarainen as General Manager for the Nordics.

With a profound knowledge of the language industry global transformation – and of the opportunities arising in the present context of technological development - Hakkarainen will be driving Acolad’s strategy in Finland, Sweden and Denmark, and looking at expanding and strengthening the group’s footprint in the region.

“This is an incredible time to be part of the Language Services industry, and I’m really looking forward to this new chapter with Acolad.” – said Mikko Hakkarainen on his new appointment. “The Nordics are brimming with amazing opportunities and I’m here to support Acolad seize them.”

Sylvie Versteylen, Executive Vice President Europe at Acolad, emphasized the importance of local presence, “While Acolad is committed to global expansion, we also prioritize maintaining a strong local presence in every country we operate. That proximity and the understanding of the local communities are key elements of who we are and distinctive hallmarks of our brand.” – she stated “Having Mikko on board and being able to leverage his knowledge of the industry and the regional mindset will be key to tap into all the potential of the Nordics – which are undoubtedly strategic to achieving our goals.”

Throughout 2023 Acolad has been reinforcing its presence in several markets, including DACH and the US, with several new leadership nominations signaling the group’s strategy of strengthening its status of a worldwide language and content powerhouse.

About Acolad

Acolad is the global leader in content and language solutions. Its mission is to support companies in every industry to scale across markets and enable growth through cutting-edge technology and localization expertise. Established in 1993, the group is present in 25 countries across Europe, North America, and Asia, with over 2.500 employees supported by a network of +20.000 linguists around the world.

About Mikko Hakkarainen

Mikko Hakkarainen has a wealth of experience of the language services industry, both in sales and general management. His past experience granted him a deep knowledge of Northern Europe, particularly the Nordics, brought on by roles in sales ownership, general management, as well as strategic account management on European enterprise customers. He has also led solutions and partnerships within the digital marketing space like Optimizely, InRiver, Drupal, Sitecore, etc and has a keen interest in learning and technology as well as a deep knowledge of the transformations driven by the major LSP's.  


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