Ilkka Paananen, CEO of Supercell in Helsinki, talks to David Smith of Interactive Selection and Game Careers at Develop in Brighton. Ilkka has more than ten years of experience in start-ups, managing growth and international expansion, as well as fund raising and exits. He was the founding CEO of Sumea, and grew it become one of the top developers and publishers of mobile games, with a massive distribution network of over 100 channels thatincluded every major European carrier. Based on Sumea’s leadership position in Europe, Ilkka and the company’s founders sold Sumea to Digital Chocolate in 2004. After the merger, Ilkka served as the Managing Director of the European operations for two years before being promoted to President to lead the global publishing operations of the company, which consisted of the studios in Helsinki, Barcelona and Silicon Valley. In late 2010, Ilkka joined Supercell as the CEO to lead the growth plan of the company and help it become the leader in the next generation online games. Ilkka has graduated with Honors from the Department of Industrial Management at Helsinki University of Technology.
His advice for those thinking of applying to a company like Supercell: “We are looking for people who have some online and social experience. I think the best way to apply with us is first of all play our games and take a look at what we are trying to achieve. Think about how, as an employee, you can help us to achieve our vision. Put that all in an email along with some references, and lets get in touch.” See the full clip here: