The Young Leader of the Year believes in the power of trust and encouragement


The Port of Helsinki’s VP, Passenger Services Sari Nevanlinna has been chosen as the 2019 Young Leader of the Year. With her modern approach to leadership, Nevanlinna is steering the Port’s passenger business operations towards a more sustainable, functional and experiential future. The Port of Helsinki’s vision is to be the most functional port in the world.

Sari Nevanlinna, Helsingin Sataman matkustajaliiketoiminnasta vastaava johtaja

Junior Chamber International Finland’s Young Leader of the Year award is awarded annually to an exceptional leader under the age of 40. This year, the competition’s selection criteria emphasised demanding problem-solving skills, critical thinking, leadership skills, service-orientation and ethical conduct, among other qualities. The award was presented on 26 November.

– The pace at which modern working life is changing necessitates a new approach to leadership; courage to tackle large, difficult issues, commitment to build trust in teams and investment in an atmosphere that fosters learning. I have had the privilege of working with diverse teams and achieving success in creating a workplace atmosphere in which people constantly grow together and deliver results by developing their own competence, says Sari Nevanlinna.

The most functional port in the world is built with skill

At the Port of Helsinki, the skill of the staff is key to delivering on the expectations of customers, the Port’s owner and the residents of Helsinki. In recognition of this, one of the Port’s strategic spearhead projects is focused on developing the Port’s employee experience.

– The Port of Helsinki is an attractive place to work, and it is great to see our company’s leadership recognised in this competition. We will continue to invest in the development of our management and competence in the future as well, outlines the Port’s CEO Ville Haapasaari.