Ari Virtanen is the Executive Vice President of the Wireless Solutions Business Unit for EB, a developer of cutting-edge embedded technology solutions for automotive and wireless markets. In this role, Virtanen directs EB’s strategy and long-term solutions planning for the unit’s wireless divisions, including handset reference designs and product platforms, white label handsets, Mobile WiMAX base station technology, R&D services and consultation for handsets and mobile infrastructure. As a member of EB’s Corporate Executive Board, Virtanen is charged with driving the Company’s mission to enrich people’s lives through innovative technology, products and solutions.
Since having joined EB, Virtanen has been tasked with driving mindshare and market share for EB’s wireless solutions in the global marketplace. To expand this business line, he will oversee an international team of engineering, marketing, sales, business development and management professionals; ensuring EB’s wireless innovation addresses localized requirements.
With nearly two decades of wireless expertise, Virtanen brings a wealth of highly technical device and infrastructure knowledge to EB. Prior to joining the company, Virtanen spent 19 years with Nokia, where he held executive positions across various business units, including Converged Products, Systems Technologies, as well as Mobile Switching and Network Platforms. Virtanen’s many contributions to Nokia underscore his commitment to wireless product innovation.
Virtanen earned his Masters degree in Computer Science and Industrial Economics from Tampere University of Technology in Finland.