Established in 1988

A trusted and established firm, Maine Executive Search Oy is recognized as an expert in the field of executive search. We have been helping our clients manage and achieve their hiring objectives since 1988.


From start-ups to OMX-listed companies and MNC's, we assist our clients in identifying, evaluating, and hiring the most highly skilled professionals in their industry sectors. ​


  • Capital Markets
  • Banking and Finance
  • Financial Management
  • Information Technology
  • Investment Management
  • Investment Banking
  • Operations
  • Private Equity and Alternative Assets
  • Sales and Marketing Management
  • General Management
  • Board Selections


As testimony to our track record of success, more than 90% of Maine Executive Search Oy assignments come from repeat business or referrals from our clients.

  • Experience
  • Comprehensive evaluation and selection methodologies
  • Vast database of qualified talent
  • Market intelligence
  • Sterling reputation


Maine Executive Search Oy begins each assignment by constructing a well-defined written search strategy that guarantees the most highly qualified candidates are considered for the position. Our approach is consultative and frequent communication with our clients is a priority. Our documentation reports, which include candidate assessments and evaluations, reference checks, market feedback on your firm and a comprehensive search summary are provided during the search process.


The separating factors

What separates us from our competitors is our results. Our clients commend our operations for the depth of their product knowledge, strong assessment and evaluation skills, professionalism, and speed of execution. These attributes, combined with our proprietary database, exhaustive research and internal synergies make the difference.


Ilkka Nieminen

Managing Partner

Ilkka has been in Executive Search since 1988. His present day search activities focuses on Top Management with concentration in General Management and Finance Management. Ilkka was recognized as a top search consultant in Finland in a 2002 industry review.

Prior to establishing Maine Executive Search Oy, Ilkka worked as Senior Partner with Transearch Finland from 1996 to 2004. Ilkka started his Executive Search career in Jaakko Lehto Consultants 1988-1996.

Ilkka’s earlier experience includes a Export Director position with Kemira Oyj, where he was in charge of TiO2 worldwide exports from 1986 to 1988. Before that Ilkka worked as Trade Commissioner with the Embassy of Finland in Oslo, Norway from 1985 to 1986.

Ilkka started his professional career with LWP- Consortium in Riyadh, KSA, where he worked as Area Manager from 1982 to 1984.

Ilkka holds an joint MBA from Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration and NYU Stern School of Business and a BBA from Florida State University (as a faculty scholar). His postgraduate education include a Diploma In International Management 17/2 from Fintra (1984-1986) and the National Defence Course #166 from National War College (2003).

Ilkka was a founding member of Association of Executive Search Firms in 1988. He is a member of the Helsinki Stock Exchange Club and a member of the American Marketing Association. He is also a board member of Osasto Törni Perinnekilta. Ilkka speaks Finnish, English, Swedish, German and basic Spanish.


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