Prior to joining JFP Executive Search, Heikki Vahtera’s career included twenty years of working in the pharmaceutical industry and healthcare sector B2B-services; within sales and marketing, business development and consulting. He has worked e.g. as a Head of Business Unit, Marketing Director, Business Development Director and General Manager in leading, well-known international pharmaceutical companies/healthcare sector service providers in Finland and in the Nordic region; among others Bristol-Myers Squibb, Aventis, Sanofi-aventis, Sandoz and IQVIA.
During his career at JFP Executive Search, Heikki has executed over 100 search assignments for board, top and middle management level and highly demanding expert positions. Heikki’s clients are both leading Finnish and international companies; publicly traded companies, privately held and private equity investor-owned companies.
The largest experience comes from the Life Sciences industry (Pharmaceuticals, Nutrition, Medical Devices, Diagnostics and Biotech) & Healthcare and Services Business. During the years, Heikki has also served numerous customers within retail business, construction, energy, property management, operation & maintenance and logistics sectors. Additionally, Heikki has collaborated both with the public sector and third sector service providers.
Heikki’s focus areas are General & Business Management, Finance, Sales & Marketing, HR, Business Development and Organizational Effectiveness. Heikki is also experienced in Management Reviews and Assessments. His special interest areas are change management/leadership, digitalization and customer experience development.
Heikki holds a Master of Economic Sciences degree. Alongside his work, Heikki has completed several courses on consulting and business management, e.g. in the Ashridge Business School in UK. Furthermore, he speaks fluent Finnish and English, Swedish and conversational German.
Heikki joined JFP Executive Search in 2013.