M.Sc. (Tech) Mikko Rusama has been appointed the first Chief Digital Officer of the City of Helsinki. He comes from Finland's national public service broadcasting company YLE, where he has headed the development of YLE's web services. Rusama has 20 years of experience of developing and directing digital services. He has also worked, among other places, at Sanoma and Sulake.
The position of Chief Digital Officer is new and appointed for a five-year term.
Mayor Jan Vapaavuori considers the advancement of digitalisation as one of the most important tasks of the City of Helsinki.
"In the Helsinki City Strategy, the ambitious aim is to be the city in the world that best capitalises on digitalisation. It must be acknowledged that digitalisation is not primarily a matter of technology, but of service innovations, courses of action and management of change. In the Chief Digital Officer, I see a change agent who works to put Helsinki at the forefront of this change, to utilise the opportunities of digitalisation. We must live the future today" says Mayor Vapaavuori.
The Chief Digital Officer heads the digital regeneration of the City. His task is to advance the utilisation of digitalisation in the City organisation, produce digital reforms essential to the implementation of the City Strategy and manage the related processes of change.
"The Helsinki City Strategy is ambitious and inspiring. How it pans out is much dependent on the utilisation of the opportunities brought on by digitalisation. Digitalisation changes all fields of activity, courses of action and culture, while also making the competition increasingly international and cross-bordering. The success of the capital of Finland is important to entire Finland. I start my job with a comprehensive observation round at grass roots level. I listen to what is working and what is not and based on that, I co-operate to shape a general impression of the direction in which the different functions of the City ought to be developed", states Rusama.
Rusama will start his job in the middle of August.
The position of Chief Digital Officer raised widespread interest, 75 persons applied for the position.