Pervacio introduces its Finland hub team

Ari-Pekka Luoma

Following the launch of a new development, engineering and management hub in Finland, mobile device automation solutions specialist Pervacio has been busy putting together a highly experienced team.

In response to growing demand for its services across Europe, Pervacio has appointed five key members of staff with a Microsoft background at the hub in Turku, which is headed by directors of program management Mikko Inkinen and Ari-Pekka Luoma.

Ari-Pekka LuomaPervacio’s CEO, Sanjay Kanodia, said: “We are always looking to strengthen our capabilities by recruiting industry specialists of the highest calibre, and are delighted to welcome some exceptionally talented individuals to our Finland regional development hub.”

Mikko Inkinen holds a BSc in Machine Automation (robotics, sensors, programmable logic) and an MSc in Computer Science. Formerly a senior program manager in warehouse devices, retail and consumer care at Microsoft, Mikko and his Microsoft team developed the popular Windows Device Recovery Tool. During his 17-year career he has specialised in desktop and embedded software development and product management, and holds two patent grants from the USA and India.

Ari-Pekka Luoma also joins Pervacio from Microsoft, where he was head of care PC software solutions. Ari-Pekka has a BSc in Computer Engineering and began his 28-year industry career in Nokia mobile phone manufacturing test system design, going on to become head of the global team responsible for developing test systems for all Nokia mobile phone models across all factories. He also has more than 10 years of experience in phone R&D testing design and the management of care test software development.

Pervacio’s Finland facility has been set up to provide local program management and certification services plus a call centre to support customers in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland. The company was keen to strengthen its team with specialists who have warehouse, retail and consumer PC application experience and has achieved this aim with the appointments of Antti Virtanen as senior software developer, Vasily Balagurov as senior architect and Viktor Pellinen as senior specialist.

Antti has an MSc in Physics and is an expert in PC application development utilising Nokia and Microsoft tools.  Prior to his move to Pervacio he spent ten years with Nokia/Microsoft, latterly as lead designer developing the Microsoft internal Lumia flashing PC application with online connectivity, provisioning and flash package management.

Vasily’s career in software development and technical leadership spans 25 years and he holds an MSc in Computer Science. His wide experience includes 14 years with Nokia/Microsoft, where he developed desktop and embedded software that supports mobile phone R&D, production, technical sales and service. Vasily is also experienced in machine translation and PBX software.

Viktor has a Masters degree in Engineering and worked for Microsoft/Nokia for almost 14 years prior to taking up his new post with Pervacio. He specialises in PC software connectivity solutions that enable communication between PC and mobile devices and at Microsoft was responsible for resolving USB challenges. Viktor is also a fully qualified systems engineer.

Sanjay Kanodia added: “As well as fulfilling their particular roles, our specialists will provide invaluable support to our wider management team as we develop the Finland hub to enhance the service we offer to existing clients while also building our business across Europe. The Finland hub is also a vital component in our plans to intensify our R&D activities in the region.”

Pervacio created a web-based software management platform to help businesses operating in the mobile device supply chain and consumer markets contain the cost of device management and improve customer service. Since its inception in 2004, Pervacio has become a global business operating in the USA, Canada, Hungary, India, Japan, Australia and the UK. As part of its growth strategy, the company has established regional hubs in Finland and the UK to improve its ability to support clients throughout Europe.