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Audiovisual Finland CEO Johanna Karppinen steps down to focus on ‘new challenges’

Johanna ‘Nunnu’ Karppinen, CEO of film and TV export firm Audiovisual Finland, has stepped down after four years in the role to focus on “new challenges”. She remains in the role until September 30.

Over the course of her four years as CEO, Karppinen has spearheaded numerous ‘internationalisation’ initiatives across the Finnish audiovisual industry, serving as a strong advocate of the cooperative network that was able to bring the Finnish AV industry’s production work to the world stage.

“It’s been both incredibly interesting and rewarding to actively pursue the internationalization of the film and TV business,” she commented. “Leaving this organisation is bittersweet, as I’ve been afforded the chance to really get diversely involved in developing a common framework for an entire industry, but also in the internationalization of individual companies. I will continue to work closely with the audiovisual sector, but the time to announce these new prospects is yet to come.”

Karppinen was appointed CEO after arriving from the Lapland Film Commission, which she also ran, and where she was responsible for marketing Lapland as a filming location to international production companies.

Chairman of the Audiovisual Finland board, Valtteri Niiranen, said of Karppinen’s work during her tenure: “With untiring vigor and dynamism, Nunnu helped lead the efforts of a broad network of businesses and organizations who strove to introduce the production incentive in Finland, and she didn’t rest until that goal was achieved. In addition, she and her team have organized countless export initiatives and events both in Finland and abroad. Nunnu’s decision to move on to other prospects is of course a blow to our organization, but I believe everything she has accomplished in her time as CEO has benefited the entire industry and this will be apparent long into the future.”

A replacement for Karppinen is yet to be confirmed.

“We’re currently discussing the possibility of consolidating the field of associations in this sector with other industry associations, but we’ll take our time and see whether Audiovisual Finland will continue to operate as an independent entity or part of a larger whole.” Niiranen concluded.