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People person with a passion for projects – introducing Cimcorp’s new Vice President of Operations, Anne Happonen

Apr 29, 2024 Cimcorp Headquarters
General Cimcorp Group

Cimcorp’s executive management is getting a new member to support our global know-how and project leadership. With three decades of experience in managing international projects, Vice President of Operations Anne Happonen brings with her a wealth of expertise.

Anne’s journey to her new position shows her dedication and proficiency in navigating the intricate landscape of project delivery and international business. With a career covering various esteemed organizations such as Cargotec, Sandvik, and Patria, she has a strong hold on global megaprojects and leading diverse teams. Her passion for project delivery and knack for fostering strong customer relationships perfectly match Cimcorp’s ethos.

What attracts me to this position is the opportunity to spearhead projects in familiar yet international territories, where innovation is embraced and automation is the norm.

Cimcorp’s products are superb and globally known. I’m thrilled to be a part of the Cimcorp that is a proud leader in their field, does profitable and responsible business, and shows care for their employees.

Anne Happonen, VP of Operations at Cimcorp Group

Humane leadership and inspired teamwork

Cimcorp's Vice President of Operations, Anne Happonen

Anne’s leadership philosophy is grounded in the principles of transparency, collaboration, and adaptability. She describes herself a leader of people over issues and values the art of listening, conversation, and finding a common ground.

Successful leadership is about enabling the ease of others’ work and fostering a culture of openness and trust. My wish is to provide my team with the best possible conditions to thrive in their jobs. I strive to be approachable and inspire teams to achieve their goals. My own inspiration stems from seeing people do their work with pride.

Anne Happonen, VP of Operations at Cimcorp Group

Anne emphasizes the importance of understanding the big picture while remaining agile in the face of evolving challenges. Even when talking business, she appreciates the humanity of each participant.

“Any negotiation is about people. The person on the opposite side of the table will see you as an individual if you are willing to do the same for them. Honesty and humanity are of high value in international business.”

Grounding to the moment through horseback riding

Doing meaningful work and interacting with different stakeholders is what gets Anne in a flow state. She delights in seeing a project through.

“I enjoy the fact that a project has a beginning and an end; it is prepared, done, and finished. And after challenges that inevitably arise in any project, celebrating success together feels even sweeter!”

Outside the office, Anne has several interests and passions. Spending time out in nature and riding her horse each night helps her to ground after a long day.

“From my love for horses to my appreciation for the arts,” she says, “I embody a zest for life and a desire to fully experience the world around me.”

As she embarks on this new chapter at Cimcorp, Anne brings with her not just a stellar track record but also a genuine commitment to making a difference in the world—one project at a time.

In welcoming Anne Happonen as the new VP of Operations, Cimcorp Group solidifies its position as a trailblazer in the realm of automation and logistics.

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