Published 2021-12-15

New Senior Vice President of Strategy & Business Development in Schibsted Nordic Marketplaces

Antti Hovila comes in with a strong M&A and strategy background from the tech industry.

“I am very much looking forward to working on the next-gen transformation of our services,” says Hovila.

Antti Hovila comes from the role of Executive Vice President of Strategy in F-Secure, a cyber security company listed on the Helsinki stock exchange. One of his key achievements there was leading F-Secure’s strategy process, which may lead to a potential public listing of F-Secure’s consumer security business.

Since joining F-Secure in 2019, Antti has also focused on M&A, business intelligence, portfolio management and for a while even marketing. Before F-Secure, he spent almost 10 years at Fidelity doing company/industry analysis, extensive M&A and strategy. He has also worked at Nokia and McKinsey, has an MBA from Harvard, and has taken further education at MIT, INSEAD and LSE, among others.

Hovila is very excited to start his role in Nordic Marketplaces:

“The role as SVP of Strategy and Business Development in Nordic Marketplaces is an excellent match with my passion for digital business models and with the experience I’ve gained as a strategy executive, investment professional and strategy consultant. As Nordic Marketplaces continues the strong growth journey, there are many fascinating strategy, business development and M&A topics to work on together with colleagues from Nordic Marketplaces and across Schibsted,” he says.

“I first learned about Schibsted’s successful transformations 12 years ago when I read a Harvard Business School case study about it. I think Schibsted has an impressive history and very promising future opportunities. Nordic Marketplaces has a great portfolio of businesses with some real gems. I expect the marketplace businesses to continue to evolve towards next-generation marketplaces by becoming transactional in key user journeys. I’m very excited for the opportunity to work on that transformation,” he continues.

EVP Schibsted Nordic Marketplaces, Christian Printzell Halvorsen, is thrilled to have Antti Hovila joining the team:

“I am very pleased that Antti will be joining the Nordic Marketplaces leadership team. We ran an extensive recruitment process with candidates from all over Europe. Antti stood out as not only very smart, but also exceptionally experienced on topics of high relevance to Nordic Marketplaces. I really like how he has worked extensively with tech companies on both M&A and strategy topics.,” says Printzell Halvorsen.