Markko Vaarnas

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The co-founder and CEO of Global Intelligence Alliance Group (GIA Group) between 1995-2014, Markko has worked hands-on on every aspect of business that an internationalizing company needs to consider: product development, strategy, go-to-market planning, sales & marketing, finance, team development, M&A and corporate governance. During his 20 years with GIA Group, Markko oversaw the company’s growth from a small Finnish startup into a global leader in Market Intelligence software and services. GIA Group was acquired by M-Brain Group in September 2014, by which time it had 15 mEUR in annual revenue and a headcount of 150.

Markko has a reputation of being a strong visionary and a strategist, and yet having close attention to execution with any project he works on. As a leader and co-worker he is widely appreciated among customers, business partners and colleagues alike. Particularly for his ability of getting things done!

With Takeoff Partners, Markko wants to make his knowledge and experience available to other companies and individuals who may benefit from them. He values shared goals, transparent cooperation as well as an energetic and result-oriented approach to work. Markko serves as the Chairman of the Board for Futures Platform, Huone International as well as Avoset. In addition, he is a Board Member of Spinverse, Qvik and Lahti Precision. He has also served as a coach at Kiuas Accelerator and is an active member of FiBAN (Finnish Business Angels Network) and DIF (Directors’ Institute Finland).

During his free time Markko enjoys team sports and reads business literature and crime fiction.