ASM Global has appointed Emilia Mikkola as general manager of Kulttuuritalo in Helskinki, Finland. ASM Global was appointed to run operations at the venue last month, marking the company’s move into the Finnish market.
Mikkola joins Kulttuuritalo with vast experience in the event industry, including major event production, holding senior executive positions throughout her career in live entertainment. For 15 years, she has been heavily involved in the planning and delivery of more than 30 events and festivals across Finland and Europe.
Her CV includes work as event director at Assembly, the largest gaming event in Finland owned by Telia, where she was responsible for managing and developing the event and event business.
Prior to this, Mikkola worked as production manager for Flow Festival for over a decade, accompanying the festival’s remarkable growth.
Marie Lindqvist, SVP operations europe at ASM Global, and a 2022 Pollstar and VenuesNow Impact International honoree, commented: “As ASM Global expands into Finland, we’re delighted to have Emilia on board to plant the flag in this exciting new market. Kulttuuritalo is a culturally rich and much-loved venue in Helskinki, and at this important time in its redevelopment, it is key that we have a best-in-class team on board to relaunch the venue with great success and phenomenal impact. Emilia comes with real, on the ground experience working across a huge array of live events of all sizes and scales, making her a perfect fit for a venue like this, which is prided for its varied and diverse programme of events. Welcome to the team, Emilia.”
Emilia Mikkola, general manager of Kulttuuritalo, added, “Leading and developing the operations Kulttuuritalo is my dream job! I am extremely grateful and motivated for the opportunity I have been given. Kulttuuritalo is iconic, prestigious, and full of endless possibilities, and our goal is to provide diverse and high-quality program and experiences throughout the year. In recent years, several concert halls in Helsinki area have closed their doors, resulting in a shortage of event venues. We want to strengthen the position of the Kulttuuritalo as the most exciting event arena in the capital region and invest in its functionality.”