Kaj-Erik Relander joined Accel Partners, London in 2001. His professional experience includes 20 years in venture capital, telecommunications and IT. He currently serves on the board of directors at Artimi, Carrier IQ, Cambridge Broadband, Discretix, Medio, MyThings, Outsmart, Pontis, Surfkitchen, The Cloud, Ubiquisys, United Mobile, Volantis, XConnect and Zlango.
Before joining Accel, Relander was the president and CEO of Sonera Corporation, a progressive Finnish telecommunications company. Prior to this assignment, Relander held a number of other senior management positions during his seven-year tenure with Sonera.
Prior to joining Sonera in 1994, Relander served as the director at SITRA, a Finnish Technology investment company where he was responsible for private equity investments. In his early years while at university, Relander started and then sold his Apple software business.
Relander has served on the board of directors at a variety of international companies, including F-Secure (Finland), Kreatel (Sweden), TietoEnator (Finland), SmartTrust (Finland), Turkcell (Turkey), VoiceStream Wireless (USA), and Zed (Finland).
Relander is an active member of the World Economic Forum and the EVCA.
Relander holds a master's degree in economics from the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration, with majors in International Economics and Computer Science. He later received an M.B.A. from the Helsinki School of Economics and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.