Our Consultants

Business model:

Trust has to be earned. Our service model remains successful after having been tried and tested in cyclical fluctuations for almost 30 years.

Juhani Konu – Managing Partner, M.A. (Psych) & M.Sc. (Econ)

JUHANI KONU

Managing Partner

Juhani has more than two decades’ experience working in the field of search and selection. He has extensive experience in executive search projects and demanding personnel assessments. Juhani has Master’s degrees in both Economics and Psychology. He joined InterSearch in 1996 and became a partner in 2006. He is especially experienced in Consumer Products (FMCG) and the Manufacturing and Service businesses, and he is also an active member of various professional associations and business clubs.

Juhani has extensive knowledge of business in Russia and East Asia. He speaks Finnish, English and Swedish fluently. As an athlete, Juhani enjoys hiking, preferably in the Alps, and cross-country skiing in Lapland.

A managing director’s expectation:

A clear strategy and a well-functioning board are important prerequisites for the success of every executive.

Jouni Riekki – Chairman of the Board

JOUNI RIEKKI

Senior Partner

Jouni is the founder of InterSearch in Finland and currently the Chairman of the Board. He also has ten years of experience in Human Resource Management in Technology. Jouni has profound knowledge and experience in various industries, from Engineering and Construction to Media & Entertainment and Fast Moving Consumer Goods. Over the years, he has been in positions of trust in InterSearch Worldwide, for instance in the Standards and Quality Committee. Jouni has a Bachelor’s degree in Labor Policy and he works in Finnish, Swedish and English. In the summertime, Jouni enjoys boating and the archipelago. He is also an enthusiastic fine arts collector.

Checking facts:

In the job market, the active crafting of images can create inaccurate expectations. The employer image and employee profile must be based on facts. At the core of a consultant’s job is acting as a fact-checker during the negotiation process.

Antti Lavanti – Senior Consultant

ANTTI LAVANTI

Senior Consultant

Antti Lavanti is a senior consultant and experienced recruitment psychologist. His main areas of consulting will be executive search and demanding psychological personnel assessments. His career as a consultant has continued for 20 years. Antti has also worked as an occupational health psychologist. Thanks to this, he is also well acquainted with leadership practices of public organizations.

Antti has a master's degree in social sciences from the University of Jyväskylä and is a qualified psychologist. He has a personal assessment certificate issued by the Finnish Psychological Association and a CBC degree (Certified Business Coach) aimed at the needs of business career coaching. In his free time, Antti is a real all-rounder. His athletic hobbies include marathons and cycling. He is also an active reservist in the Finnish Defence Forces and promoted to captain.

The time perspective in recruitment decisions:

“The main focus in personnel selection must be in the future, without forgetting the present and the past.”

Oscar Damén – Consultant, M.A. (Psych)

OSCAR DAMÉN

Consultant

Oscar Damén specializes in the recruitment of experts and in assessments requiring psychological expertise. He completed his Master’s degree in psychology at Åbo Akademi in Turku. While on a student exchange program at the University of Nebraska in the USA, Oscar supplemented his knowledge in industrial and organizational psychology. He has a special interest in the science of decision making, and for his master’s thesis, he developed two psychological tests.

Human Capital:

People are the most important asset of a company. That's why reliable research data on people is a great additional source of information for management.

Henri Halinen – Consultant

HENRI HALINEN

Consultant

Henri Halinen is an expert in personal assessments and is familiar with the wide range of test tools used in Finland. Henri has also previously worked as a test trainer for psychologists and HR professionals. The good scientific reliability of the methods and a solid foundation of professional ethics are things he is not willing to compromise on. In addition to recruitment consulting, he has worked as a psychologist in the mental health sector.

Henri holds a master's degree in psychology from the University of Helsinki, where he also studied mathematics and statistics. Henri, who is a keen sportsman, has shown that he is tenacious and persevering because marathons are his exercise of choice.