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Hanken & SSE Executive Education acquires HRM Partners

Helsinki 4 February 2020 – Hanken & SSE Executive Education has today announced the acquisition of HRM partners. The combined offering will help organisations to define and implement strategic capabilities for growth and support individual career paths. During the year 2020, the companies will continue as separate companies. The current CEO of Hanken & SSE, Marc Hinnenberg, will become the Chairman of the Board of HRM partners. Staffan Kurtén, the co-founder of HRM Partners and current Chairman of the Board at HRM Partners, will continue as its board member. Fred Kosk, the second co-founder, will leave the company at this stage and move to the next career phase beyond work. The integration will be led by the current CEO of HRM Partners, Paula Kilpinen, who will also become the Deputy CEO of Hanken & SSE. The joint turnover of the two companies was 6,4 million euros in 2019.

“Joining the forces of these two companies creates a unique value proposition, combining academic insight with practice-oriented implementation for any sustainable business transformation to the benefit of our customers”, states Marc Hinnenberg, CEO of Hanken & SSE Executive Education and continues, “our offering enables us to provide a strong link between strategy, strategic capabilities, and leadership to support our customers in achieving commercial success”.

“Our objective is to reach sustainable impact through insight and practise. Our ambition is to be the best partner for our customers in identifying and developing their strategic capabilities and to perform change and development programs ensuring their impact on both an organisational and personal level”, highlights Paula Kilpinen, CEO of HRM Partners. “Our career coaching and outplacement services enable us to support the career paths of our customers and their employees in a meaningful and sustainable way, also during work life changes”.


  • Education


  • executive education
  • corporate development
  • acquisition

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Hanken & SSE Executive Education is the leading Nordic provider of executive education, ranked #1 in Northern Europe and #16 worldwide by the Financial Times. Hanken & SSE combines academic insight with business practices to the benefit of its customers. Founded in 2005, we combine the strengths of two accredited Nordic business schools – Hanken School of Economics in Finland and Stockholm School of Economics in Sweden. For more information visit and follow updates on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

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