A Finnish citizen holding a Master of Science in Economics from the Hanken Business School in Helsinki, Finland, he was at the age of 25 hired by Nokia Corporation as their global head of corporate marketing & brand, corporate communications, PR and IR. After successfully converting Nokia’s image from a manufacturer of paper products and car tires to that of a cutting-edge telecommunications and mobile phone company, he was asked to move to Singapore to build Nokia’s Asian business.
As Nokia’s first ever Regional Director Asia-Pacific & Managing Director SouthEast Asia he oversaw the growth of Nokia’s Asian business from scratch to what became Nokia’s largest market area in terms of revenue worldwide.
He left Nokia to build his own business. He founded Asia-Pacific Strategic Alliances Group, a company with holdings in real estate, IMM (Internet, Mobile & Media) and sports, and Mobile FutureWorks Inc (MFW) a company with global activities and investments in mobile media, mobile services and mobile hardware. Together, the two groups have founded more than 100 different businesses, with a combined market value of more than one billion USD.
Thomas Henrik Zilliacus has acted as a member of the Board or Advisory Board of several companies in technology, media and finance. He has chaired boards, nomination committees and remuneration committees of large listed companies.
He has also been actively involved in sports management. He was chairman of the Finnish football champions HJK and was a major share-holder of a sports company which built, owned and managed entertainment and sports complexes as well as ice-hockey teams in Europe.