Mall of Tripla, the shopping centre that will be opened in Central Pasila in autumn 2019.Kati Kivimäki, MBA, has been appointed as the Managing Director of Mall of Tripla, she will start in the position in the spring.
Kivimäki is a trade and marketing professional whose career has led her to accumulate diverse experience in the shopping center business, retail, fashion, and e-commerce. She will come to Tripla from Shopping Centre Mylly, which she has been managing since 2016.
“Transferring to a management position in the shopping center business was very natural to me, as I had cooperated with shopping centers for years in the role of a tenant,” says Kivimäki as she explains her career path, which includes, for example, working as the Marketing Director for Seppälä.
According to Kivimäki, shopping centers are primarily places for people and the management of a shopping center cannot be defined as merely real estate business or leasing of business premises. “People are the core of everything we do. This is the most essential thing in the shopping center business, and everyone involved must understand, how common objectives can promote customer experience and shared success. Naturally, this requires that the manager is present and has good communication skills, with the ability to understand the everyday life of tenants. After all, we are all part of the same team.”
Kivimäki sees Mall of Tripla as a place with many possibilities. “Traffic-wise, the location of this new urban center is perfect—it is indeed the new heart of Helsinki. In addition, Mall of Tripla will be the largest shopping center in the Nordic countries, with its carefully created concept and new innovations making it a true pioneer.” Pirjo Aalto, YIT Commercial Development Director, is pleased with Kivimäki’s appointment and its timing.
“It is great that Kati can begin her work in good time before the opening of Mall of Tripla. We still have a lot to do before it opens and ensuring tenant cooperation and the start of operational activities are the prerequisites for the successful opening of Mall of Tripla. It is the people who make a shopping center. We fully agree with our new manager about this. We warmly welcome Kati to Tripla!”
Mall of Tripla’s concept - a versatile center of urban culture in which experiences and everyday services cross paths with a constant flow of customers - has been successful as nearly 90% of the business premises have now been leased.