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Outgoing Helsinki Mayor taking on advisor role at Miltton marketing group

Jan Vapaavuori will start as a board member and part-time senior advisor at the Miltton Group in August.

Jan Vapaavuori
Helsinki Mayor Jan Vapaavuori. File photo. Image: Markku Ulander / Lehtikuva
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Helsinki's outgoing Mayor Jan Vapaavuori (NCP) will take up a seat on the board of the marketing and communications agency Miltton Group, also acting as a part-time senior advisor.

Vapaavuori's term as Mayor of Helsinki expires at the end of July.

Announcing the appointment, Miltton described Vapaavuori as having "exceptional skills and experience from societal decision making, urban development and international affairs."

In a Thursday corporate release, Vapaavuori said that in order to understand the impact of accelerating change in the world and respond to it, we must understand cities.

Climate change, he argues, is the most critical megatrend of our time and digitalisation is reshaping the world in ways never before possible. Both of these are more tangible in an urban environment and context.

"The transformation of work and other global phenomena are made concrete in cities. The effects of urban environments resonate almost everywhere, making urbanisation a central framework for other megatrends,” Vapaavuori said.

Earlier this month, the business newspaper Kauppalehti was the first to report that once his term ends, Vapaavuori also plans to work as a part-time urban development advisor at the Danish real estate investment firm NREP.

Vapaavuori is a former Minister of Economic Affairs, Minister of Housing, and Minister for Nordic Cooperation. He was Vice-President and Member of the Management Committee of the European Investment Bank before resigning his post after being elected as Helsinki's Mayor in 2017.

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