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Future Cities Catapult Makes Two Senior Hires to Oversee Technology Innovation and Run Major Projects in Cities

14th January 2016

Jarmo Eskelinen joins from Forum Virium Helsinki as Chief Innovation and Technology Officer and Dr Andrew Robinson joins from Siemens as Chief Operating Officer.

The Future Cities Catapult has expanded its executive management team by recruiting a Chief Innovation and Technology Officer and a Chief Operating Officer.  The two new hires will lead programmes to enable innovation, grow the economy and make cities better.

Jarmo Eskelinen will join as Chief Innovation and Technology Officer (CITO) He is currently the CEO and founder of Forum Virium Helsinki, which has run practical smart cities and innovation projects for the past decade. Forum Virium has played a major part helping Helsinki pioneer the use of open data and build a reputation as a world-leading smart city. Jarmo is also Vice Chair of the Open and Agile Smart Cities Network and is a council member and former President of the European Network of Living Labs.

Dr Andrew Robinson joins as Chief Operating Officer (COO). He was previously Managing Director of Siemens Building Technologies and a member of the Siemens plc Executive team. Andrew has run major international business divisions through growth and change, led product innovation and complex technology projects across the built environment in construction, rail, highways, logistics and aviation in the UK, Europe, Middle East, the Americas and Asia.

Peter Madden, OBE, Chief Executive, Future Cities Catapult said: “The Future Cities Catapult has already achieved an enormous amount. I’m delighted that two such exceptional candidates are joining us. Andy, as a senior figure in engineering and infrastructure, and Jarmo, as a pioneering practitioner on smart cities, will give us a huge boost.”

Jarmo Eskelinen said: “Rapid urbanisation is one of the biggest global challenges. Forum Virium Helsinki has done wide international collaboration with other cities, researchers and companies within the field. Future Cities Catapult offers a great opportunity to build on that work and contribute to making the cities of the world better places for both the environment and the people.  Future Cities Catapult and Forum Virium Helsinki share many goals and practices and we intend to collaborate closely on future work.”

Dr Andrew Robinson said: “Bringing transformational innovation to market is the one of the key enablers to addressing the challenges of future cities, navigating this path to application is one of the greatest hurdles the industry faces. I am delighted to have the opportunity to join the Future Cities Catapult to work with business, government and academia to make this transformational change happen, to create cities that are a better a place and to grow the UK contribution to this global challenge”

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