Mikael Jungner

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Mikael Jungner

Mikael Jungner (born 20 April 1965 in Helsinki) is the former party secretary of the Social Democratic Party of Finland, a member of the Finnish parliament and a former managing director of the Finnish national broadcaster Yle.

He grew up on the Finnish west coast in the city of Vaasa. He started a five-year term as Managing Director of Yle on the 1 May 2005. Although he sought another term, the political board of Yle replaced him with Lauri Kivinen, a member of National Coalition Party, on 1 May 2010. Jungner's term as the managing director of Yle can be considered to have been a success.[1]

Jungner was the director of information society relations at Microsoft Corporation 2002-2004. He was formerly aide of former Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen. It is commonly understood that Lipponen helped Jungner to get the Managing Director's position in Yle. In May 2010, Jungner was elected as the party secretary of the SDP.[2] Jungner's term proved to be a disappointment for the Social Democratic Party which lose the 2015 elections.

Jungner, who belong to the right-wing section of the Social Democratic Party of Finland, is a regular writer in Libera's web-pages, a libertarist foundation co-ordinated with Mont Pelerin Society and manned with members known to finance National Coalition Party.

Mikael Jungner was married to Yle speaker Maria Jungner 2007–2013. Currently he lives with Emilia Poikkeus, who is 26 years younger than Jungner.[3]