Dr. Rapakko was appointed as a director of the Company on 22nd of April, 2022 upon completion of the acquisition of Evasyst. Dr. Annamaria Rapakko is a financial expert, and a seasoned business executive with a proven track record in leading teams successfully to implement strategic business initiatives retiring from PwC in 2017 as a Senior Partner in the Specialty TaxPractice. She is an expert in finance, audit, cross-border transactions,M&A, and international expansion / global structuring, particularly in the technology and life science industries. Dr. Rapakko has served as an independent director on a number of private for profit and non-profit companies. She is an angel investor and a business advisor helping tech companies with regard to their global footprint and expansion and tax strategy.From 2017 to 2019, Dr. Rapakko worked as an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) New Ventures leading a new business venture for a SaaS product in the state tax area.
Dr.Rapakko has over 30 years experience as a business leader, and has worked with a variety of public and private companies, advising on accounting and tax strategies, international expansion, global corporate structuring, due diligence, corporate mergers and acquisitions, IPO’s, and stock option plans.During her years as an advisor, Dr. Rapakko developed deep expertise in the technology and life science industries. She rendered financial advice to over300 companies in Silicon Valley. At PwC in Silicon Valley, over 20 years, Dr. Rapakko, as a senior partner, led the Specialty Tax Practice and grew theInternational Tax Practice from ground up. She had P/L level responsibility for the operations of these divisions. Dr. Rapakko was an integral member of the leadership team at the PwC tax practice in Silicon Valley, and was responsible for short-term and long-term market strategies.
Prior to joining PwC, Dr. Rapakko had her own cross-border finance and tax advisory practice. She also taught at Rovaniemi Law School and Helsinki Business School as an associate law professor. Additionally, she served as a District Court judge in Finland. Dr. Rapakko holds a J.S.D. (Doctor of the Science of Law) degree from Stanford Law School, an M.B.A degree from Turku Business School (Finland) and a J.D. degree from University of Turku, Law School (Finland). She has completed Director Development Program at Kellogg School of Management, and Directors’ College Program at Stanford Law School, Rock Center for Corporate Governance.