Honorary Doctors 2019

Hanken School of Economics celebrates its 110th anniversary and will confer 47 doctoral degrees and ten honorary doctorates at the Solemn Conferment of Doctoral Degrees on 25 October 2019.

More information and photographs of the Honorary Doctors further down the page.Honorary Doctorates in recognition of academic achievements are conferred upon:

Mary Jo Bitner
Professor Emeritus of Marketing
Arizona State UniversityTore Ellingsen
Professor of Economics
Stockholm School of EconomicsMartha S. Feldman
Professor of Social Ecology, Political Science, Business, and Sociology
University of California, IrvineBjørn Nybo Jørgensen
Professor of Accounting and Financial Management
London School of EconomicsSeppo Pynnönen
Professor of Statistics
University of VaasaHonorary Doctorates in recognition of successful and long-lasting careers in business and society are conferred upon:Ilkka Brotherus
Chairperson
SinituoteJannica Fagerholm
Managing Director
The Signe and Ane Gyllenberg FoundationKersti Kaljulaid
President of the Republic of EstoniaKalle Löövi
Director of International Operations
The Finnish Red CrossJan Vapaavuori
Mayor
City of Helsinki

Additional information about the Honorary Doctors:

Mary Jo Bitner
Professor Emeritus of Marketing
Arizona State University

Mary Jo Bitner

BA in Political Science, MBA and Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Washington.Mary Jo Bitner is Professor Emeritus of Marketing and Emeritus Executive Director of the Center for Services Leadership in the W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University (ASU), USA, where she held academic and leadership positions from 1987 to 2018.

Mary Jo Bitner is widely recognized as a pioneer and leader in the development of the service discipline worldwide. She has contributed over three decades of service research, publishing more than 50 articles in leading marketing and management journals. Her primary research foci are on service encounters, customer-employee interactions, technology-delivered service, servicescapes, and customer satisfaction.

In recognition of her work, Mary Jo Bitner received the American Marketing Association’s SERVSIG Career Contributions to the Services Discipline Award. She is co-author of Services Marketing: Integrating Customer Focus Across the Firm, a text used at universities worldwide and translated into multiple languages. Mary Jo Bitner served as the editor in chief of the Journal of Service Research, the service discipline’s leading international journal, from 2013 to 2017

Tore Ellingsen
Professor of Economics
Stockholm School of Economics

Tore Ellingsen

Tore Ellingsen holds the Ragnar Söderberg Professorship of Economics at Stockholm School of Economics. He holds degrees from Norwegian School of Economics (MSc 1985, MPhil 1988) and London School of Economics (PhD 1991).

His research often applies game theory to problems in organisational, institutional and behavioural economics. Ellingsen has been Editor of Economica and International Journal of Industrial Organization, and an Associate/Advisory Editor of Journal of Industrial Eco-nomics, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, and Games and Economic Behavior.

Ellingsen is a Fellow of EEA, CEPR, and CE-Sifo. He has served on the Board of the Roy-al Swedish Academy of Sciences, and he has headed the Committee for the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. He is currently President of the Society for Institutional and Organizational Economics, SIOE. Martha S. Feldman
Professor of Social Ecology, Political Science, Business, and Sociology
University of California, Irvine

Martha Feldman

B. A. in Political Science from the University of Washington 1976. M. A. in Political Science 1980 and Ph. D. in Political Science 1983, both from Stanford University.

Martha S. Feldman is Professor of Social Ecology and Johnson Chair for Civic Governance and Public Management and by courtesy, Professor of Political Science, Sociology, Business, and Nursing Science, University of California, Irvine, USA.

From 1983 to 2003, she was a faculty member in the Political Science Department and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. From 2014 to 2016, she held an appointment as a Distinguished Foreign Expert at the University of Nanjing, China.

Her research on organisational routines, inclusive public management, and qualitative methods draws heavily on her ethnographic research and on practice theory. She is best known for her work establishing the field of routine dynamics, which explores the internal dynamics of routines.

She received the Administrative Science Quarterly’s 2009 award for Scholarly Contribution and the 2011 Academy of Management Practice Scholarship Award. In 2014 she received an honorary doctorate in economics from St. Gallen University School of Management and was listed by Thomson Reuters as a highly cited author. In 2015, she received the Academy of Management Distinguished Scholar Award from the Organization and Management Theory Division and was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Management.

Martha S. Feldman has been a Senior Editor at Organization Science since 2006 and also serves on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Man-agement Discoveries, International Public Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, Public Admin-istration Review, and Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management.
 Bjørn Nybo Jørgensen
Professor of Accounting and Financial Management
London School of Economics

Björn Jörgensen

Degree in Economics 1990 from Aarhus University, Denmark. Ph.D. in Accounting and Information Systems 1999 from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, USA.

Bjørn Nybo Jørgensen has taught and conducted research at numerous academic institutions, such as Harvard Business School from 1998 to 2002, Columbia Business School from 2002 to 2008, University of Colorado at Boulder from 2008 to 2013, London School of Economics and Political Science from 2013 to 2019.

At these institutions, Bjørn Nybo Jørgensen has taught many undergraduate, masters, MBA, and executive MBA students. He has helped supervise more than 30 PhD dissertations and has lectured at consortia for doctoral students and new faculty in Europe and the US. His research investigates accounting-based valuation, cross holding of equity, earnings management, executive compensation, extreme risks measures, managers’ disclosure decisions and perceived risks.In addition, he has served as visiting academic scholar between 2005 and 2006 at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Currently, he serves on the board of trustees of BI Norwegian Business School.
 Seppo Pynnönen
Professor of Statistics
University of Vaasa

Seppo Pynnönen

Doctor of Philosophy (Mathematical statis-tics), University of Tampere, 1988.
Professor of statistics at the University of  Vaasa since 1998. Associate professor of  statistics at the University of Vaasa from 1996 to 1998.

Seppo Pynnönen has served as department head, on the faculty board, and as a member of various university committees. He has been official opponent at 16 doctoral defences and served as official pre-examiner of 25 PhD theses.

Seppo Pynnönen is author and co-author of several peer refereed journal articles, and of several articles appeared in books and collections. Articles have appeared in journals such as, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Empirical Finance, Journal of Multivariate Analysis, Quantitative Finance, and Journal of Financial Research. Ilkka Brotherus
Chairperson
Sinituote

Ilkka Brotherus

Owner of Sinituote since 1988, managing director from 1989 to 2018 and chair of the board since 2018. Since 2010, owner and chair of Junttan Oy.

Owner and member of the board of half a dozen mediumsized companies and several start-ups. Member of supervisory board of Tapiola pension insurance from 1994 to 1995, chair from 1995 to 2005, and again member of the supervisory board from 2005 to 2013. Deputy chair of the supervisory board of the mutual insurance company ELO since 2014. Member from 2000 to 2002 and vice chair of the executive board of Amer Group from 2002 to 2019. Member of the executive board of YIT Group from 1998 to 2000, board member from 2000 to 2002 and chair of the board in 2006. Member of the board of Veho Group from 2003 to 2013.

Appointed Businessman of the year 2002 by Suomen liikemiesyhdistys. Distinction in Talouselämä magazine in 2012 as one of the hundred most important business leaders of all time in Finland. Active in municipal politics for over 30 years. During his career, he has worked on developing Finnish start-ups and small and medium-sized companies in the long term and has actively worked to keep both ownership and workplaces in Finland.

Member of the council of the Hanken Support Foundation since 2003 and chair since 2011. Member of the board of the Foundation from 2007 to 2015 and chair from 2011 to 2015. As chair of the council, he has also served as chair of the Foundation’s election committee.

Ilkka Brotherus was the first ever student representative on the board of Hanken School of Economics in 1975-1976.
Bachelor of Science in Economics 1975 and Master of Science in Economics 1976, both from Hanken School of Economics.
Jannica Fagerholm
Managing Director
The Signe and Ane Gyllenberg Foundation

Jannica Fagerholm

CEO of the Signe and Ane Gyllenberg Foundation since 2010.
Vice chair of the board since 2019, board and audit committee member since 2013 and audit committee chair since 2016 of Sampo plc. Board member and audit committee chair of Kesko plc since 2016. Board member since 2013 and audit committee chair since 2018 of Teleste.

Chair of the board of Hanken School of Economics since 2019. Board member since 2010 and deputy chair of the board from 2013 to 2018. Also served as chair of the investment committee from 2010 to 2018 and as chair of the campaign committee of the fundraising campaign HANKEN RETURNS from 2014 to 2017.

Member of the Financial advisory board of the Society of Swedish Literature in Finland since 2001. Board member since 2013 and deputy chair since 2016 of the Council of Finnish Foundations. Board member and chair of the investment committee 1997-2013, and deputy chair of the supervisory board since 2014 of Partiosäätiö. Member of the supervisory board Veritas Pension Insurance since 2010.

Managing director of SEB Gyllenberg Private Bank from 1999 to 2010. Head of life insurance business in Finland at Handelsbanken Liv from 1998 to 1999. Held various positions within the investment unit of Sampo Group from 1990 to 1998.

Master of Science (Econ.) 1986 from Hanken School of Economics. Kersti Kaljulaid
President of the Republic of Estonia

Kersti Kaljulaid

In 2016, Kersti Kaljulaid was elected President of the Republic of Estonia.
Previously she served from 2004 to 2016 as a member of the European Court of Auditors.

Kersti Kaljulaid was the CFO and CEO of the Iru Power Plant of the state-owned energy company Eesti Energia from 2002 to 2004. From 1999 to 2002, Kersti Kaljulaid was Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister Mart Laar.
Kersti Kaljulaid was a member of the Supervisory Board of the Estonian Genome Center from 2001 to 2004. She was also a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Tartu from 2009 to 2011 and the Council Chair of the university from 2012 to 2016.

Kersti Kaljulaid graduated from the University of Tartu in 1992 in the field of genetics from the Faculty of Natural Sciences and completed her master’s studies within the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration in 2001.
Kalle Löövi
Director of International Operations
The Finnish Red Cross

Kalle Löövi

Kalle Löövi has had a decades long career in the Finnish Red Cross and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, IFRC. Nationally he has built up the Red Cross search and rescue methods and capacities and developed joint training to volunteers and authorities.

Internationally Kalle Löövi has participated in creating and developing the Red Cross and Red Crescent standardised and coordinated rapid response capacities such as Emergency Response Units (ERU), Regional Disaster Response Teams (RDRT) as well as Field Assessment and Coordination Team (FACT) and its cooperation with the United Nations disaster assessment and coordination (UNDAC). He is experienced in developing resilience and preparedness activities in several countries and international response mechanisms globally.

Kalle Löövi has years of experience in disaster and crises response in sudden and slow onset emergencies with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and UN/OCHA. Besides the field experience, he has served in Finnish Red Cross management positions and as head of operations for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Diploma Course in Public Administration (Public Law) 1979 from Tampere University. Further public law studies from 1979 to 1982.

Jan Vapaavuori
Mayor
City of Helsinki

Jan Vapaavuori

After an extensive career in Finnish national politics, Jan Vapaavuori became the Mayor of Helsinki in June 2017.

As his first task, he set forth a city strategy, laying ground for an ambitious four-year agenda. The strategy champions Helsinki as the “most functional city in the world” with a special focus on sustainable growth, digitalisation, global problem solving, creativity and the best possible conditions for happy everyday city life.

From 2012 to 2015, Jan Vapaavuori served as Minister of Economic Affairs and from 2007 to 2011 as Minister of Housing. Since 2015, he worked as Vice President of the European Investment Bank. As Minister of Economic Affairs, he played a key role in renewing the Finnish maritime industry. As Minister of Housing, Jan Vapaavuori created a programme for decreasing long-term homelessness that has gained international recognition.

From 2003 to 2015, Jan Vapaavuori was a Member of Parliament. He is also a long-serving member of the Helsinki City Council.

Master of Laws from the University of Helsinki in 1989.