Paula Ylisassi, Product Manager in Oulu, Finland
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Paula Ylisassi

Verified Expert  in Product Management

Product Manager

Oulu, Finland
Toptal Member Since
October 12, 2021

Paula is an experienced digital age leader, bridging businesses, customer centricity, marketing, and technology. With her visionary and at the same time, hands-on approach and attitude, she can successfully lead a range of business and development themes. Her most vital abilities are future strategy and vision, innovation and new product development, growth, strategic marketing, and branding as a product leader.

Project Highlights

New Online Banking Portal Market Launch
Led the launch of, an online banking service with approximately ten million monthly active users.


Work Experience

Board Member

2021 - PRESENT
  • Worked as an independent board member since 12/2021.
  • Supported the company in creating and enabling growth.
  • Advised the company in strategic focus and decision making.

Board Member

2020 - PRESENT
Taitonetti Oy
  • Designed, facilitated, and crystallized company vision and strategy.
  • Professionalized and established board work as an independent board member.
  • Brought in digital business, marketing, international, customer experience, branding, and business development expertise.


2022 - 2022
  • Supported in creating an inspiring and focused pitch deck and story for VCs.
  • Assisted in fundraising activities and discussions with VCs.
  • Helped to crystallize product positioning and communication for fundraising.
  • Created and crystallized the vision, strategy, and roadmap.
  • Applied Scrum ceremonies and product management processes. Implemented continuous improvement practices, as well as customer insight and data-driven development.
  • Initiated user acquisition and marketing activities, growth establishment, and proven business-market fit.

Senior Specialist Product Management | Program Director | Business Development Manager

2011 - 2022
  • Led the company's Agile product management, Agile PM training and coaching, and Agile PM community. Created a PM playbook for OP from discovery to delivery. Co-designed and co-delivered courses in design and product thinking at the OP Academy.
  • Headed the launch of a new online banking site,, and was accountable for the market launch. Actively changed the program management into an Agile setup and work method with data-driven decision-making.
  • Established the remote digital development unit for the OP with an Agile and customer-centric operating model. Acted as a member of the site management team and oversaw digital sales-related activities.


2009 - 2011
  • Acted as a management consultant for a digital channel customer dialogue strategy. Executed and managed a team of two consultants.
  • Co-founded a community with a mission to share, spread, and breed new, brave leadership needed to build future-proof businesses.
  • Presented global trends in the financial sector and facilitated a strategy workshop for a digital technology agency.

Global Marketing Director

2005 - 2009
  • Managed Habbo's global marketing and brand strategies, processes, and tools. Operated a model for global versus local marketing setup.
  • Developed marketing KPIs and ROI metrics for Habbo Hotel.
  • Oversaw new product business development and user acquisition through a mobile social media application called Bobba.

Sales and Marketing Manager

2004 - 2005
  • Oversaw profit and loss responsibility for Finland as a commercial entity, reporting to the regional vice president. Held country manager responsibility, including product portfolio optimization and sales development.
  • Developed and implemented a new operating model for Finland as a satellite market in cooperation with the local distributor.
  • Ran regional brand and product management for Airwaves, Hubba Bubba, and Juicy Fruit, including participating in Wrigley's global marketing team. Managed pan-Nordic projects and strategies as well as regional marketing budget responsibility.

International Account Manager

2002 - 2004
BBDO Worldwide
  • Codeveloped an international post-production network for a global FMCG client.
  • Oversaw an above-the-line advertising project and account management.
  • Cocreated positioning and branding strategies and launch plans.

New Online Banking Portal Market Launch

Led the launch of, an online banking service with approximately ten million monthly active users. is the online banking website for the biggest bank in Finland. My mission was to launch a new online banking portal for general consumers. I also re-designed the governance and operating model for the project to enable Agile implementation and successfully prompt decision-making based on real-time information and data.
2021 - 2022

Futures Research in Futures Research

Turku School of Economics of the University of Turku - Turku, Finland

1995 - 1999

Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Marketing

University of Oulu - Oulu, Finland


Certified Board Member

Chamber of Commerce

APRIL 2012 - APRIL 2014

Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)

Scrum Alliance


MURAL, Confluence, Jira

Industry Expertise

Financial Services, Consumer Products, Venture Capital


Agile Product Management, B2C, Agile, Agile Project Management, Key Performance Metrics, Scrum


Marketing Strategy, Product Ownership, Agile Program Management, Business Development, Management Consulting, Digital, Product Leadership, Brand Building, Business Strategy, Marketing, Digital Marketing, Customer Experience Management, Change Leadership, Agile Leadership, Public Speaking, Strategy, Product Management, Business to Consumer (B2C), Growth, Management, Brand Positioning, Consulting, Branding, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), Market Research, Competitor Analysis & Profiling, Business, Digital Product Management, Team Leadership, New Business Development, Customer Insights, Innovation, Startup Consulting, Web Analytics, Product Strategy, Go-to-market Strategy, Go-to-market Plans, Stakeholder Management, Sales, Feature Prioritization, Market Research & Analysis, B2B, Fintech, Startups, Gaming, User Research, User Engagement, Website Traffic, Project Management, Web & Mobile Applications, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft PowerPoint, Google Meet, Brand Development, Global Operations, General Management, P&L Management, Sales Management, Strategic Partnerships, Leadership, Marketing Mix, Product Portfolio Manager, Brand Management, Localization, Marketing Communications (MarCom), Product Positioning, Advertising, Production, Boards, Vision Development, Product Launch, Product Vision, Product Roadmaps, Roadmaps, Backlog Management, Futures & Options, Operating Models, Product Marketing, Launch Strategy, Data, Research, Manufacturing Product Manager, Seed Fundraising, Pitch Decks, App Growth, Mobile Apps, Mobile User Acquisition, Business Operations, FMCG, Minimum Viable Product (MVP), Product Growth, Edtech Design, Team Mentoring, Software Implementation, Startup Funding, Fundraising, Social Media, Vendor Selection, Professional Development, Documentation, Coaching

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